Trey Sermon
Trey Sermon has massive fantasy potential in San Francisco. If Sermon wins the job with the 49ers, look out! (Kyle Robertson/Columbus Dispatch/USA TODAY Sports)

Trey Sermon Has Massive Fantasy Potential In San Francisco

Having a fantasy running back on a Kyle Shanahan team is profitable more often than not, but since Shanahan arrived in San Francisco, nobody has been able to take the job and run with it. Jeff Wilson, Raheem Mostert, and others have had success in Shanahan’s system, but only over limited stretches of time. Trey Sermon, however, could be different, and he might become a running back that wins fantasy leagues.

The 49ers should be a very good football team this season. San Francisco made the Super Bowl two years ago and may have won that game five times out of ten. Shanahan’s coaching and scheme have made scrubs like Alfred Morris and Steve Slaton productive in the past, so if Sermon has a lick of talent, he could be a huge fantasy asset.

Sermon was picked in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. In my draft profile, I compared Sermon to a discount Najee Harris, but Sermon does have some interesting movement skills for a back of his size. Sermon’s talent is evident, and he ended the season on fire for the Buckeyes.

There are a lot of names on the Niners’ running back depth chart other than Sermon: Mostert, Wilson, Wayne Gallman, Elijah Mitchell, and JaMychal Hasty. Sermon may not help the 49ers until later in the season, but if the rookie seizes the job quickly? Look out.

In truth, no place is a better landing spot for a running back than on a team led by Shanahan. Add to that the fact that this 49ers team is talented and should play from ahead much of the time, and the potential fantasy reward clearly outweighs the risk.

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