JaMycal Hasty faces an uphill battle for playing time in San Francisco. The two primary backs he worked behind last season are still on the roster, as are two more rookies drafted. Fantasy managers shouldn't seek out Hasty on Draft Day.
The 49ers restocked the running back cupboard this offseason, putting Hasty in a position where he must fight for a fringe spot on the roster or start the year on the practice squad, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. Hasty initially was in line to slot third on the depth chart prior to the acquisitions of veteran Wayne Gallman and rookies Trey Sermon and Elijah Mitchell. Now the shifty receiving back will either have to impress during camp or have injuries open up opportunities to earn snaps to begin the season. Barrows notes the 49ers' poor injury history with backs in recent years could result in the 24-year-old making the main roster at some point, even if he starts on the practice squad. Unless thd team's running back landscape changes, Hasty will head into training camp stripped of fantasy value.
Hasty (collarbone) is the favorite to secure San Francisco's No. 3 running back job, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. Raheem Mostert (ankle) will be back for the 2021 campaign, and Jeff Wilson signed a one-year extension back in January. With Tevin Coleman now a Jet, the door is open for Hasty to secure the No. 3 job in the backfield. However, his projected role will get cloudy if the 49ers select a running back in the upcoming draft. As an undrafted rookie out of Baylor, Hasty flashed some upside in limited action last year, rushing 39 times for 148 yards and a touchdown and catching seven of eight passes for 33 yards. Both Mostert and Wilson had injury issues last season, so Hasty could be a worthwhile stash for fantasy purposes. Coach Kyle Shanahan often mixes up his backfield rotation too, and his scheme provides high upside for the lead back.
Hasty played in seven games during his rookie season, finishing with 148 rushing yards and a touchdown on 39 carries and 33 more yards on seven receptions. San Francisco protected Hasty on its practice squad to begin the year, and the undrafted rookie was quickly called upon after several injuries opened up playing time. The 24-year-old wasn't asked to do too much, but he was able to display his shiftiness and soft hands in limited action. The 49ers will have decisions to make regarding a couple of aging veteran backs this offseason, so Hasty may have an opportunity to earn a backfield rotation spot (or at least another shot on the practice squad) during training camp.
The 49ers placed Hasty (collarbone) on injured reserve Tuesday. Now that he's on IR, Hasty will need to remain there for three weeks before the team can open a 21-day window to return him to the active roster. With the 49ers on bye Week 11, he'll potentially only miss two games as a result, with his earliest possible next appearance lining up to be Sunday, Dec. 13 against Washington. Currently, San Francisco has one fully healthy RB in Austin Walter, two injured backs -- Tevin Coleman (knee) and Jerick McKinnon (neck) -- on the active roster, and three backfield options -- Raheem Mostert (ankle), Jeff Wilson (ankle) and Hasty -- on IR.
Hasty (collarbone) left Sunday's game against the Saints to go to the locker room, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Hasty rushed three times for 13 yards and caught both of his targets for minus-4 yards before exiting. Jerick McKinnon should handle an even larger portion of San Francisco's backfield snaps with the backup running back unavailable, and Hasty can be considered questionable to return at this time.
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