Which 49ers RB to target in the Fantasy Week 2 waiver thread? Jeff Wilson vs. Jordan Mason vs. Tyrion Davis-Price

So who will fill by Elijah Mitchell boots for the majority of the 2022 fantasy football season?

Twitter has hosted heated tennis matches this offseason regarding Tyrion Davis Prize versus Sermon Trey and who will reach the heights of the 49ers depth chart should Elijah Mitchell go down to another injury. Well, here’s what we know:

  • Elijah Mitchell has a sprained MCL and will likely miss two months
  • Tyrion Davis-Price didn’t save a snap in Week 1
  • Trey Sermon was cut this offseason and landed with the Eagles

In a conference call between 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and reporters the day after the Bears game, Shanahan was asked what he thought of the three guys behind him.

“We’ve always been comfortable with Jeff just because of his experience and what he’s done here. We know what we are going to get. The other two guys, they were on our team for a reason. They are two talented players who we believe can help us a lot with the ball, but they need to grow quickly. They try to compete and learn to play better without the ball in hand,” Shanahan said.

Jeff Wilson Jr. took over and handled most of the work after Mitchell went down and didn’t exactly set the world on fire. He played 59% of attacking snaps and ran the ball nine times from 22 yards and caught his two targets from eight yards.

Meanwhile, Jordan Masonone of the gems of the pre-season, didn’t play an offensive snap and only operated on special teams.

Trey Lance led the team to rush a team-high 13 carries for 54 yards.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR FANTASY?

I’m glad you asked.

Lance and Wilson should still see a healthy dose of rushing attempts. These two all-purpose weapons Deebo Samuel should be the main focus of this lucrative ground game.

Mason is probably the most intriguing addition to the roster. He was the best looking back on the 49ers in the preseason and that belief has lived on, according to 49ers media.

Mason, PFF highest ranked rusher in the preseason, averaging almost 5 yards per attempt in the preseason against Davis-Price’s just over 3 YPA. Mason is a decisive, physical runner who has shown good vision since his days at Georgia Tech.

While Wilson should have the first chance to work in the first team, Mason has a chance to move up the ranks with a strong performance on his chances and could overtake Wilson in the future.

If you want to roll a very positive dice roll on the week 2 waiver thread, Mason is your man. If you want to play it “safe”, Wilson is your target.

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