Elijah Mitchell

Elijah Mitchell

RB - SF
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College: Louisiana
San Francisco 49ers

2022 Season Outlooks

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.
The 49ers leaned on Mitchell when he was healthy last season – and he delivered. He ranked 16th among RBs in PPR points per game and 11th in non-PPR points per game. But Mitchell dealt with a bunch of injuries and didn’t do much in the passing game. HC Kyle Shanahan has never been afraid to mix things up in his backfield. And there’s already been talk that the ‘Niners will go with more of a committee attack this season, including 3rd-round rookie RB Ty Davis-Price. Mitchell looks risky if you’re drafting him as more than a RB3.
Expectations generally aren't very high for sixth-round rookies, but Mitchell quickly took control of San Francisco's lead-back gig last season and -- injuries aside -- never gave it back. Including the playoffs, Mitchell appeared in 14 games and carried the ball at least 17 times in 11 of them. He was a top-20 fantasy back in seven of 11 regular-season outings, though his output was limited by a lack of goal-line work (six TDs and four carries inside the 5) and limited passing-game work (20 targets). Nothing about Kyle Shanahan's offense suggests we should expect a major change in role, and new QB Trey Lance may actually steal even more goal-line work. Mitchell's heavy rush volume keeps him in the back-end RB2 mix, but his ceiling is limited.
Coach Kyle Shanahan loves to shake up his backfield, sampling talents from everywhere and frustrating fantasy players. But it'll be hard to keep the impressive Mitchell from a workhorse role in 2022. Mitchell, a sixth-round pick last year, took an immediate shine to the NFL and emerged as Shanahan's clear-cut top back. He posted 1,100 scrimmage yards and scored 6 touchdowns over 11 regular-season games, but he truly ascended down the stretch and into the playoffs. Mitchell averaged 24 touches and averaged 98.0 total yards over the 49ers' last 8 games, casting quite a shadow over this untested depth chart. Give a Shanahan back 20+ touches a game, and it would be a massive upset to see less than a high-end RB2 finish.

2022 Fantasy Football Rankings

Standard

#46

PPR

#52

Half-PPR

#47

Superflex

#59

2022 Fantasy Football Draft Projections

Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec TD
1079.8 6.9 26.8 200.8 1.3

2022 Average Draft Position (ADP)

Standard

#43

Pick 4.07

PPR

#44

Pick 4.08

Half-PPR

#44

Pick 4.08

Superflex

#65

Pick 6.05

Injury Risk

Injury Risk:
Low

Depth Chart

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