How Much Does Jerick McKinnon's Injury Elevate Tevin Coleman?

Jerick McKinnon recently suffered a setback in his recovery from an ACL injury and is expected to open the season on injured reserve. The news alleviates some workload concerns for presumptive starter Tevin Coleman, though Matt Breida is still on hand and McKinnon is expected to return at some point. Our experts discuss Coleman’s ascent given a more solidified role.

How much does Jerick McKinnon’s injury elevate Tevin Coleman?

STLCards: This really solidifies the value for Coleman and Breida, though I expect both to be over-drafted in the near future. The 49ers will still use a committee approach. Coleman is the best bet for mid-round production.

Beermakersfan: Coleman is moving up my board every time I update my rankings. He is a perfect option for a WR-heavy start to a draft and remains way too cheap right now. I’m expecting this offense to be very good and Coleman should have a ton of opportunity, likely smashing his draft cost.

JSURab: Coleman is someone that I have been very high on and he is my highest-owned player in best balls. I wasn’t really worried about McKinnon, but the news provides even more clarity. Coleman should be in line for a big workload in a good offense. Getting him in the fifth or sixth round that is great value.

JoshADHD: I mentioned on Twitter this past Sunday that Coleman should be a third-round pick after reading about McKinnon’s issues in recovery. While I firmly believe in Breida as an asset in the Kyle Shanahan scheme, Coleman can potentially seize a bell cow role. I love his value in the fifth/sixth round.

Nathan Coleman: Coleman will not only see early-down touches but more than likely will garner the majority of red zone work in what is projected to be a top 10 offense. He is currently be drafted in the fifth round behind more ambiguous lead backs such as Sony Michel and Phillip Lindsay, despite a more secure role. Now is the time to grab shares of both Coleman and Breida before their ADPs spike up.

To find more Best Ball advice and analysis from our experts, check out the Expert Survey: Picks Edition, Expert Survey: Strategy Edition and the Expert Survey: Preseason News Edition.

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