The San Francisco 49ers have a favorable matchup vs. the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15, but can we trust starting Raheem Mostert in the flex in the playoffs?
Week 15 is one of the most crucial weeks in the fantasy football season. For those who have done a bunch of winning this year, Week 15 signifies that you are one game away from playing for a league championship. You have to make every roster move count. So can you count on starting San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert in the flex this week?
The Fantasy Footballers agree that Mostert is the better 49ers running back over Tevin Coleman. While the 49ers have a very favorable matchup this week at home vs. the 4-9 Atlanta Falcons, the guys still can’t trust Mostert completely because he doesn’t consistently get the touches you’d need out of a guy starting in the flex.
Mostert is coming off back-to-back 20 points fantasy games for the 49ers. That is only the third time this season he’s crossed the 20-point threshold, but if you are willing to roll the dice and start him in the flex anyway, Mostert has gotten at least double digits for you the last three weeks. Plus, Atlanta is a team that will likely be looking for a new head coach next season.
That being said, this game could be a tad personal for both the 49ers and the Falcons. If you care to remember, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator of the 2016 Atlanta Falcons team that went to the Super Bowl and blew a 28-3 lead vs. the New England Patriots before becoming the 49ers head coach. This could be a game he’s fired up for.
The same thing can be said for former Falcons running back Coleman, who Atlanta opted not to bring back after his rookie contract expired this offseason. This could be a game where Shanahan unleashes Coleman so that they can clobber their former team together. Of course, this is a game Falcons head coach Dan Quinn absolutely has to have if he wants a sixth year in Flowery Branch.
If Quinn somehow finishes the year at 7-9 after winning four games in a row, could that be enough to give him one last prove-it year in Atlanta? Owner Arthur Blank doesn’t like to fire head coaches midseason, but if this one gets ugly, it might be the game that ends the Quinn era of Falcons football once and for all.