Schedule

Opponent Game Opp RK Opp FPTS
@ 14 16
vs 29 21
@ 18 17
vs 9 15
@ 12 16
@ 23 19
vs 10 15
@ 9 15
BYE
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vs 28 21
@ 3 14
vs 2 13
vs 19 17
vs 4 14
@ 29 21
vs 13 16
@ 25 20
vs 3 14
Player Outlook
Mitchell is a borderline No. 2 running back who should be drafted no earlier than Round 5 in most leagues. That may seem strange, considering Mitchell averaged exactly 100 yards from scrimmage in his 11 games in 2021. But the same principle that made Mitchell's 2021 season possible could haunt him in 2022. Kyle Shanahan has not had the same guy lead his team in rushing in back-to-back seasons since he got to San Francisco. The fact that the team just spent a Round 3 pick on Tyrion Davis-Price doesn't make us feel any safer about Mitchell. If Mitchell retains the lead job and stays healthy, he has legitimate top-12 upside, as does any running back who gets 18 touches in this offense.

Fantasy Stats

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2022
2021 963 4.65 5 19 137 1 14513.2
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Start
#20
RB Rank

Fantasy News

  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Healthy to open training camp

    Mitchell (knee) worked with the first-team offense at San Francisco's first practice of training camp, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Mitchell underwent a cleanup procedure in his knee after his rookie season, but it's safe to say he's back to full health, as the 49ers would have no reason to rush his return at this stage of the offseason. Per Dieter Kurtenbach of The Mercury News, Jeff Wilson, Trey Sermon and rookie Tyrion Davis-Price all looked impressive as well, but a healthy Mitchell should open the season as the clear top option in San Francisco's deep backfield.
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  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Opts for offseason knee procedure

    Mitchell said Monday that he underwent a cleanup procedure on his knee following his rookie season, but he expects to be 100 percent in advance of training camp, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. Mitchell was a fixture on the 49ers' injury reports throughout the 2021 campaign, with a combination of the knee, shoulder and rib injuries as well as a concussion keeping him sidelined for six of San Francisco's 20 contests, including the postseason. The knee issue first popped up in early December, but Mitchell continued to fill a lead role out of the 49ers backfield when he was available for the final five games, as he amassed 373 rushing yards, 68 receiving yards and two scores over those contests. His efficiency took a big hit, however, as he averaged 4.6 yards per carry through his first nine contests, compared to only 3.8 yards per carry in his final five appearances. Mitchell is hopeful that the knee procedure along with adding some extra bulk -- he plans to play at around 215 pounds in 2022 after hovering around 212 as a rookie -- will allow him to recapture the success he enjoyed during the early portion of 2021.
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  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Gains 70 total yards in loss

    Mitchell rushed 11 times for 20 yards and caught all three targets for 50 yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Rams. Mitchell didn't get much help from the usually-creative run designer Kyle Shanahan in this one. A good portion of the 23-year-old's carries were inside zone runs out of shotgun formations directly into the human wall that is known better as Aaron Donald. Mitchell was able to break free on a huge catch and run in an eventual loss, putting an end to an impressive rookie campaign (1,100 combined yards and six touchdowns over 11 regular-season games). It is unclear what the 49ers backfield will look like in 2022, but Mitchell clearly established himself as the team's best option, making him a strong fantasy asset heading into next season's drafts.
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  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Ready for Sunday

    Mitchell (knee) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's NFC Championship Game at the Rams, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Mitchell endured a cap on his on-field reps this week, missing Wednesday's session before returning as a limited participant Thursday due to a lingering knee issue. Following a full practice Friday, it won't stop him from making a fifth straight appearance this weekend. In the previous four, Mitchell combined for 86 carries and six catches, while do-it-all Deebo Samuel accrued 48 touches and the rest of the backfield tallied four. Expect Mitchell again to receive a majority share of the running back reps Sunday.
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  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Limited Thursday

    Mitchell (knee) will be a limited practice participant Thursday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. After sitting out Wednesday's session, Mitchell is ramping up his activity level as he continues to deal with a knee injury stemming from a Week 13 road matchup with the Seahawks. Still, he's rid himself of a designation by the release of the 49ers' final practice report for three straight weeks, which he'll aim to do Friday. Assuming he's good to go for Sunday's NFC Championship Game at the Rams, Mitchell should approach his 23 touches per game from the past four outings.
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  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Not practicing Wednesday

    Mitchell (knee) won't participate in Wednesday's practice, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Once again, the 49ers are placing practice limitations on Mitchell due to the knee injury that has bothered him since early December. He hasn't had any problem playing through the issue, earning most of the snaps given to 49ers running backs over the last four contests. During that stretch, Mitchell has averaged 23 touches for 92.8 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring two touchdowns. He'll look to mix into drills Thursday and/or Friday and enter the weekend without a designation for Sunday's NFC Championship Game at the Rams.
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  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Gains 71 yards on 20 touches

    Mitchell rushed 17 times for 53 yards and caught three of four targets for 18 more yards in Saturday's 13-10 playoff win over the Packers. The 49ers ran the ball early and often, but the Packers' defensive front was ready for that exact gameplan, leaving Mitchell with an inefficient rushing performance. The talented rookie finished second among both teams' position players with 20 total touches, which helped him put together a respectable 71 total yards of offense despite the low efficiency. Those looking to roll with Mitchell in the championship round won't find much of a soft matchup against either the Bucs or Rams, who both boast talented defensive lines. That said, Mitchell should safely clear 15 carries regardless of opponent next Sunday, a feat the back has accomplished in seven consecutive contests.
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  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Full practice Wednesday

    Mitchell (knee) practiced fully Wednesday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Mitchell has managed an uncapped session earlier than he did the previous three weeks as he puts his bout with knee irritation further in the rear-view mirror. During the recent three-game stretch, he averaged 24 touches for 100 yards from scrimmage per game while totaling two touchdowns. Mitchell will look to keep it going Saturday in the divisional round, taking on a Packers defense that has allowed 4.3 yards per carry (17th-most in the NFL) and 14 touchdowns (tied for 20th-most) to running backs in 17 regular-season contests.
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  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Limited practice on tap

    Mitchell (knee) will practice in a limited capacity Tuesday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. As has been the norm for Mitchell since he sat out Weeks 14-16 due to knee irritation, he's again being limited at practice, likely to keep him as fresh as possible with the 49ers in the midst of the playoffs. In the three games since being shut down, he's served as the team's workhorse running back with 69 carries for 300 yards and one touchdown to go with three catches on four targets for zero net yards and another score. Thursday's injury report will reveal whether or not Mitchell goes into the weekend with a designation for Saturday's divisional-round contest at Green Bay.
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  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Finds end zone in wild-card win

    Mitchell carried the ball 27 times for 96 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-17 win over the Dallas in the wild-card round. He also saw two targets but lost 11 yards on his only catch. The running back got the day started on a strong note for the 49ers by punching in a four-yard TD run on the team's first possession, giving San Francisco a lead it didn't relinquish. With Jimmy Garoppolo still nursing a thumb injury, the Niners will likely lean heavily on their run game again next weekend in the divisional round against the Packers, which should ensure a significant workload for Mitchell.
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  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Cleared for wild-card round

    Mitchell (knee) practiced fully Friday and doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's wild-card game against the Cowboys. Even though Mitchell sat out the team's first practice of the week Wednesday, the 49ers provided no indication he was dealing with any sort of setback with the knee issue that kept him out for three consecutive games Weeks 14 through 16. He gradually increased his participation in practice throughout the week and should be ready to fill his usual role Sunday as the 49ers' lead option on the ground, just as he did in the final two regular-season games. In each of the last five contests he's played, Mitchell has picked up no fewer than 21 carries, so he'll likely remain heavily involved so long as the 49ers aren't forced into catchup mode early on during the postseason opener.
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  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Bumps up to limited Thursday

    Mitchell (knee) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Mitchell followed up Wednesday's absence with some reps one day later as he continues to tend to a knee injury. He's played through the concern the past two weeks, handling at least 54 percent of snaps on both occasions and earning 44 touches. During that same stretch, JaMycal Hasty and Jeff Wilson combined for four touches on 42 plays, indicating this is Mitchell's backfield when healthy and available. While he's not 100 percent, Mitchell may have his injury designation removed when the 49ers release their final practice report of the week Friday.
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  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Held out of practice

    Mitchell (knee) isn't practicing Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Mitchell came back from a three-game absence and took 44 touches over the final two weeks of the regular season, but he's still bothered by his knee, with head coach Kyle Shanahan saying Monday that the running back's practice reps could be limited. The rookie is still expected to play in Sunday's wild-card game against the Cowboys, assuming he gets back on the practice field Thursday or Friday without any setbacks.
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  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Practice limitations to continue

    Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that the 49ers will continue to manage Mitchell's (knee) reps on the practice field this week, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. Mitchell has been bothered by a knee injury since also picking up a concussion during a Week 13 loss at Seattle. He subsequently missed the next three games, but he's been active for the past two outings, logging at least 50 percent of snaps on both occasions en route to a combined 44 touches for 215 yards from scrimmage and one receiving TD. Last week, Mitchell followed up a DNP on Wednesday with a limited session Thursday and full practice Friday before being cleared of a designation entirely for San Francisco's eventual Week 18 win at the Rams. At the very least, he appears as if he'll have some practice limitations ahead of Sunday's wild-card game in Dallas.
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  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Good to go

    Mitchell (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Rams, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Mitchell returned from a three-game absence last week and took 23 touches for 130 yards and a TD in the 49ers' 23-7 win over Houston. He should be busy again Sunday, regardless of whether Jimmy Garoppolo (questionable/thumb) or Trey Lance is starting at quarterback. In his first matchup with the Rams, back in Week 10, Mitchell took 27 carries for 91 scoreless yards and finished without a target in a 31-10 win for the Niners.
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  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Returns to limited practice

    Mitchell (knee) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Not only did Mitchell work with the 49ers training staff on the side Thursday, he mixed into some drills, too. The activity was notable considering he didn't participate at all Wednesday as he continues to tend to knee irritation. The issue didn't stop Mitchell from tallying 21 touches on 36 offensive snaps this past Sunday against the Texans, as opposed to one touch on 19 such plays between reserves Jeff Wilson and JaMycal Hasty. Assuming Mitchell gains clearance to play this weekend at the Rams -- whether it's on Friday's injury report or prior to Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff -- he should remain San Francisco's lead running back Week 18.
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  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Working on side Thursday

    Mitchell (knee) was spotted working with 49ers trainers on a side field during Thursday's practice, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. It remains to be seen if Mitchell will mix into drills and be considered at least a limited participant Thursday, but it's also more activity than he displayed Wednesday as a non-participant. In the end, the 49ers may just be managing the knee issue that, along with a concussion, conspired to keep him sidelined Weeks 14-16. Mitchell was able to return this past Sunday against the Texans and again spearheaded the backfield to the tune of 21 carries for 119 yards while hauling in both targets for 11 yards and one touchdown.
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  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Sits out Wednesday's practice

    Mitchell (knee) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Mitchell put an end to a three-game absence this past Sunday against the Texans, resuming his role as the 49ers' top running back with 23 touches for 130 yards from scrimmage and the first receiving touchdown of his career. The rookie sixth-round pick has been a revelation when healthy this season, with five 100-yard performances on the ground in 10 appearances. But it appears Mitchell's knee injury continues to bother him, so his status will be one to monitor throughout the week to ensure he isn't in danger of sitting out a seventh contest of the season Sunday at the Rams.
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  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Racks up 130 yards plus TD

    Mitchell (knee) rushed 21 times for 119 yards and caught both of his targets for 11 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-7 win over Houston. Mitchell returned from a three-game absence and did not skip a beat, producing his sixth 100-plus yard rushing game while collecting his sixth total touchdown of the season in the process. The talented rookie didn't show any residual effects from the knee or head injuries he recovered from, re-establishing himself as the 49ers' clear top back. Mitchell's fantasy managers should also be pleased with the heavy workload despite having a different style of quarterback under center. San Francisco's quarterback situation is unclear heading into the final week of the regular season, but Mitchell should remain a strong fantasy play no matter who starts under center against the Rams.
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  • 49ers' Elijah Mitchell: Returning to action Sunday

    Mitchell (knee) is active for Sunday's game versus the Texans, Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official site reports. Making his first appearance since Week 13, Mitchell may have some conditioning issues considering he dealt with a concussion and a knee injury during that stretch. Still, he's been the most effective 49ers running back by a long shot this season, averaging 4.6 yards on his 165 carries, reeling in 17 of 18 targets for 126 yards and scoring five touchdowns on the ground in nine appearances. Fellow RB Jeff Wilson ran for 4.4 yards per rush during Mitchell's three-game absence, so Mitchell could yield some reps to the former if he's not yet in top form.
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