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Elijah Mitchell

#2 RB,


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RANK: 80


143 FPTS

RANK: 40


25 yrs


5'10'' / 200 lbs



3yr Ave1116524th20796354.65191371

Still the No. 2 back

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-06-07

Mitchell remains the clear No. 2 running back for San Francisco, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Lombardi notes that the Niners have a history of trading backup running backs (Matt Breida, Jeff Wilson) when they're happy with their depth at the position. That could be an option this summer, though it's not necessarily likely, with Mitchell in the final year of his contract and a pair of rookies (fourth-round pick Isaac Guerendo, UDFA Cody Schrader) getting work at minicamp. The 49ers also have returning veteran Jordan Mason, but he's mostly played special teams and has never managed to move above Mitchell on the depth chart when Mitchell's been healthy. The long-term plan probably entails Guerendo taking over as the No. 2 RB behind Christian McCaffrey, but Mitchell looks on track to handle the role again this season.

Weekly Stats 2022

Stats not available

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing AveragesReceiving Averages
Home Outdoor 8 515.10.8312th830.55.148%
Away Outdoor 6 510.50.6438th720.34.654%
Away Dome 1 016.40.8618th1041.05.538%
Away Retractable Dome 1 18.20.7559th430.04.879%

Career Stats by Season: 2021 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing StatsReceiving Stats
2021 23 SF 11 10 165 26th20796354.754%296042%191371
2022 24 SF 5 1 44 80th4527926.239%8109%370
"YAC%" is percent of total yards gained after first contact. "Share" of team passing targets.

Cashes in short TD

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-31

Mitchell had four carries for seven yards and a touchdown in the NFC Conference Championship win over the Lions.

Mitchell was able to unearth a short rushing touchdown despite seeing just six snaps on offense (nine percent). The 25-year-old spelled starter Christian McCaffrey (20-90-2) in the fourth quarter after the latter came just a few yards short of his third rushing touchdown of the game. Sunday's workload against Detroit marked an increase over the zero touches Mitchell received in the divisional round win over the Packers. Barring injury, CMC figures to handle as many touches as the superstar tailback can handle against the Chiefs in the Super Bowl on Feb. 11, leaving Mitchell as a low-end DFS option despite him vulturing a touchdown this week.

Starts in place of CMC

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-08

Mitchell (illness) rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown on 14 attempts while catching both of his targets for 15 additional yards in Sunday's 21-20 loss to the Rams.

The NFC's No. 1 seed opted to sit multiple stars in Week 18 with nothing to play for against the Rams on Sunday. Mitchell took full advantage of Christian McCaffrey's absence by leading the team in all rushing categories while scoring his second touchdown in as many weeks. The oft-injured back was only dealing with an illness prior to Sunday's loss, and with an extra week of rest in store for all San Francisco players, Mitchell should be available to backup CMC in the playoffs when the team resumes play on either Jan. 20 or 21.

Cleared to face Rams

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-05

Mitchell (illness) doesn't have a game designation for Sunday against the Rams, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Mitchell overcame an illness and may now make his first start of the season with Christian McCaffrey (calf) ruled out for Sunday's game. It is possible Jordan Mason and/or Tyrion Davis-Price also get some of McCaffrey's usual snaps/touches, especially with the 49ers locked into the No. 1 seed for the NFC playoffs.

Limited in return to practice

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-04

Mitchell (illness) was limited at practice Thursday, Nick Wagoner of reports.

Mitchell wasn't able to mix into drills Wednesday due to an illness, so his return in some capacity one day later is a step in the right direction as the 49ers prepare for Sunday's game against the Rams. The team will be without at least quarterback Brock Purdy (coach's decision) and running back Christian McCaffrey (calf) in that contest, which may lead to a more run-based focus with backup Sam Darnold under center. A healthy Mitchell would be the primary beneficiary, but even if he's less than 100 percent this weekend and able to suit up, he likely would be San Francisco's lead runner over Jordan Mason and practice-squad member Tyrion Davis-Price, if the latter is elevated. In five appearances since the team's Week 9 bye, Mitchell has averaged 4.6 yards on his 39 carries.

Comes down with illness

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-03

Mitchell didn't practice Wednesday due to an illness, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

The 49ers already have ruled out top running back Christian McCaffrey for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Rams due to a strained right calf, which would give Mitchell an opportunity to be the team's No. 1 back under normal circumstances Week 18. But with an illness in tow, it can't be counted on. Mitchell has two more chances this week to log on-field work, but in the meantime Jordan Mason and practice-squad member Tyrion Davis-Price represent the healthy options at the position on San Francisco's roster.

Could lead Week 18 ground attack

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-03

Mitchell profiles as the next man up to lead the San Francisco backfield in Sunday's game against the Rams with Christian McCaffrey (calf) having been ruled out for Week 18, Nick Wagoner of reports.

Though head coach Kyle Shanahan has classified the injury McCaffrey suffered in the Week 17 win over the Commanders as a "mild" right calf strain, the 49ers won't take any chances with their star tailback in a regular-season finale that has no implications with San Francisco having already clinched a first-round bye and homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Mitchell is thus in the line to draw the Week 18 start, though given his own history of knee concerns, he may not necessarily handle the near-every-down, high-volume role that McCaffrey typically takes on. To that end, Matt Barrows of The Athletic suggests that Jordan Mason -- and perhaps even practice-squad member Tyrion Davis-Price -- could see heavy workloads Week 18, meaning that Mitchell may not represent as appealing of a DFS option as he may seem on the surface if the 49ers elect to be cautious with his usage.

Sees season-high usage Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-31

Mitchell racked up 17 carries for 80 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 27-10 win at Washington.

Mitchell was afforded only one rush in the first half, but after Christian McCaffrey exited in the third quarter due to a calf injury, the former was the 49ers' lead runner the rest of the way. The performance marked just Mitchell's second of 2023 with double-digit carries, and he also recorded his first touchdown of the campaign on a two-yard plunge. Per Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, coach Kyle Shanahan relayed after the game that McCaffrey may have a strained calf, so with San Francisco locking up the No. 1 seed in the NFC with Sunday's victory, Mitchell could be the team's top back Week 18 against the Rams.

Gets full listing Wednesday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-27

Mitchell (knee) was listed as a full participant on Wednesday's practice estimate.

This backs up coach Kyle Shanahan telling Matt Barrows of The Athletic on Tuesday that Mitchell will be "full go" for Week 17. With an uncapped practice under this belt, Mitchell is poised to put an end to a three-game absence Sunday at Washington. In his nine appearances this season, he's averaged 3.4 yards on 44 carries and also gathered in four of six targets for minus-1 yard while working behind workhorse back Christian McCaffrey.

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