Wilson was forced out of Sunday's game against the Rams with a shoulder injury. With Wilson now banged up and Matt Breida (ankle) out, Alfred Morris is next up for the 49ers' Week 17 carries. Matt Dayes is also on hand in reserve.
Wilson will be the 49ers' lead back Week 17 against the Rams with Matt Breida (ankle) ruled out for the season finale, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. When Breida previously yielded the role to Wilson in Week 14, the latter turned a season-high 62 offensive snaps into 23 rushes for 90 yards and one catch (on two targets) for six yards. On the season, Wilson has averaged 4.1 yards per carry and gathered in 80 percent of his 15 targets, so he has the ability to cripple defenses in a variety of ways. He'll look to keep it up against an LA defense that has given up 125.1 yards from scrimmage per game and 14 touchdowns to running backs this season.
Wilson rushed 11 times for 27 yards while adding two receptions for an additional 11 yards in San Francisco's Week 16 loss to Chicago. After Matt Breida left the game early with an ankle injury, Wilson finished the game as the lead running back, but was unable to have much success running against the ferocious Chicago defense. Should Breida miss next week's game, Wilson should get enough volume to be a fantasy starter against a Rams defense that can be attacked on the ground.
Wilson rushed for 46 yards on seven attempts during Sunday's 26-23 win against the Seahawks. From an undrafted free agent out of North Texas to sixth-string running back at the start of training camp, Wilson's rookie campaign has reached its apex as he prepares for what could be his second start of the season in Week 16 after Matt Breida (ankle) aggravated an injury toward the conclusion of Sunday's overtime win against Seattle. A slight-bodied back at 6-foot, 195 pounds, Wilson has been a pleasant surprise in averaging 4.4 yards per carry and 8.7 yards per touch in four appearances this year, but he's yet to get into the end zone, preventing him from attaining the RB2 upside that often comes as a byproduct of being a team's workhorse back (15-plus carries in Weeks 13 and 14). Wilson is a near-lock to hit 15 touches if Breida is in fact unable to suit up when the 49ers face Chicago's No. 2 rush defense in the penultimate week of the regular season (83.2 yards allowed per game).
Wilson rushed 23 times for 90 yards and brought in one of two targets for six yards in the 49ers' 20-14 win over the Broncos on Sunday. He also fumbled once, but it was recovered by the offense. Wilson took advantage of his lead-back role, absorbing all but two of the carries afforded to running backs and consistently moving the chains. The undrafted rookie didn't have anywhere near the level of involvement in the passing game that his prolific eight-reception performance in Week 13 might have foreshadowed, but he appears to be a highly viable alternative to Matt Breida (ankle) if the latter is sidelined once again in Week 15 versus the Seahawks.
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