San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell broke out as a rookie in 2021. Will Mitchell produce enough in 2022 to be on your fantasy football roster, and what is his current ADP in fantasy drafts?
Elijah Mitchell ADP | Is he worth his current price in fantasy drafts?
Mitchell’s current ADP is 48th overall as the 22nd running back selected in fantasy drafts. This means he’s being taken in the fourth round of standard leagues. Other players drafted in his range include Josh Jacobs and AJ Dillon.
Our expert 2022 fantasy football rankings have Mitchell ranked as the 58th overall player and 27th running back for PPR leagues. Comparing the two, Mitchell is being overdrafted but not significantly. The second-year back produced 963 yards and five scores in 11 games last season.
Injuries are a major concern for Mitchell, who has dealt with dings to his shoulder, rib, finger, head, knee, and hamstring since last September. If he can stay on the field, Mitchell has the chance to be one of the best values of this draft season.
The lead back in a Kyle Shanahan system has immense potential, but his track record with the position often leads to an injury-shortened season.
Mitchell’s projected fantasy value in 2022
It’s more likely Mitchell produces well in short spurts before he misses time. His injuries weren’t cascading last year but already starting 2022 with a hamstring strain is massively concerning. This could derail his entire year or at least cost him a stretch of games you need production from the position.
I still can’t get myself to advise against drafting Mitchell. Pairing him with Trey Lance can create even more opportunities for Mitchell to have big runs and scoring chances. His efficiency will be through the roof when he does play.
The best time to consider Mitchell is if you picked up two strong backs within the first three rounds, and you take advantage of the value if he’s still there in the fifth round. He’d be a great Flex option as long as you pair him with a reliable back or receiver to platoon with.