Morris rushed nine times for 19 yards in Monday's 27-23 loss to the Giants. Morris received 33 percent of the backfield carries Monday, but he was vastly outperformed by starter Matt Breida (17 carries for 101 yards). The veteran has the primary backup role to himself following Raheem Mostert's (forearm) season-ending injury, but Morris' general ineffectiveness (3.4 yards per carry) and limited role severely limits his fantasy appeal.
Morris rushed seven times for 13 yards in Thursday's 34-3 win over the Raiders. Morris was the least effective of the 49ers' running-back trio, averaging just 1.9 yards per tote. Fellow backup Raheem Mostert (forearm) suffered a season-ending injury in the contest, however, which could open up an increased role for Morris behind Matt Breida beginning in Week 10 against the Giants. Even with a clearer path to snaps, Morris remains a low-upside fantasy option as a back who doesn't make much of an impact in the passing game and lacks weekly scoring potential within a weak offense.
Morris had six carries for 28 yards in Sunday's 18-15 loss to Arizona. Starter Matt Breida (ankle) suited up and led the backfield with 16 carries, leaving six touches for Morris. The veteran received four more carries than fellow backup Raheem Mostert, signalling that he has reclaimed the primary backup job in San Francisco. Assuming Breida's ankle is fully healed, Morris' value will be touchdown-dependent Thursday against the Raiders.
Morris managed just 25 yards on nine carries in Sunday's 39-10 loss to the Rams. Morris' nine totes actually led the 49ers' backfield, but the veteran produced a team-low 2.8 yards per carry. Still, it was a positive development after the 29-year-old did not record an official carry against the Packers in Week 6. The team is planning on reassessing the health of starter Matt Breida's ankle after he aggravated the injury Sunday. If he is unable to go against the Cardinals, Morris figures to share backfield duties with Raheem Mostert (seven carries for 59 yards Sunday).
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Morris' demotion to third on the running back depth chart may not be permanent, Cam Inman of The Mercury News reports. Matt Breida (ankle) was able to start in the 49ers' Week 6 loss to the Packers despite carrying a doubtful tag, but even more surprising was the fact that Raheem Mostert (12 carries for 87 yards) acted as the primary backup. That left just one snap available for Morris, who was an afterthought while both Breida and Mostert ran effectively. Given that Shanahan relayed that Mostert's usage as the No. 2 back was what the 49ers "thought was best for that game," it doesn't appear that Morris is entirely out of the mix for snaps just yet, but it's difficult to roster the veteran with much confidence at this point. Even if Morris takes on a greater role in the backfield rotation in Week 7 against the Rams, his rest-of-season outlook remains shaky given his status as an impending free agent on a 1-5 team that's incentivized to see what younger backs like Breida and Mostert can do.
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