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Raheem Mostert announced himself on Twitter Monday morning that he has been cleared for training camp.
There were some recent reports that suggested Mostert might not even be ready for not just training camp, but even potentially Week 1. He is making his return from a knee injury suffered last season. From a fantasy football perspective, it is a tough situation for Mostert given how crowded the Dolphins backfield is but his familiarity with the offense under Mike McDaniel will be helpful for him.
Mike Masala of the Dolphins Wire sees Raheem Mostert as the RB2 in Miami, but notes that he "will need to prove that he’s healthy" before he can begin competing with Chase Edmonds for opportunities.
Mostert is a part of a backfield that will primarily operate in a RB-by-committee format. Mostert has proven to be an efficient ball-carrier throughout his career, and he'll need to replicate that this year with the limited number of touches he'll likely receive. The seventh-year RB has only played in nine games over the past two seasons, so his availability will be the most important aspect of the 2022 season for him. In full-PPR leagues, Mostert is currently being drafted at RB48, according to FantasyPros average draft position.
Miami Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert (knee) shared a tweet with an update on his status heading into training camp. The former 49er said that "rehab is going great" and he's "close to 100 percent."
Mostert signed with Miami this offseason, following head coach Mike McDaniel from San Francisco to South Beach. The now-30-year-old has been plagued by injuries throughout his career but still has upside as a speedy option out of the backfield. He's currently coming off a knee injury that limited him to one game in 2021. Through five-plus seasons in San Francisco, Mostert appeared in 46 games, totaling 1,610 rushing yards, 361 receiving yards, and 14 touchdowns. Expected to face competition from Chase Edmonds, Myles Gaskin, and Sony Michel, Mostert should be viewed as a high-end RB5 at best heading into the 2022 season.
While speaking with reporters Tuesday, Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel said “I know his expectations are to play week 1” while speaking about RB Raheem Mostert and his rehabilitation progress after knee surgery.
Mostert, who has a long list of injuries in his NFL career, played in only part of one game last season before injuring cartilage in his knee. The injury forced Mostert to miss the remainder of the season and the 30-year-old RB has still not fully recovered. Mostert signed with the Dolphins earlier this offseason and he will share the backfield with fellow Miami newcomers Chase Edmonds and Sony Michel. McDaniel runs a fantasy-friendly offense for RBs, but the expectation is that the team will utilize a RB committee approach in 2022. Mostert has produced big fantasy performances in the past while working in a committee, but those games have been difficult to predict or see coming. Mostert isn’t likely going to be a player who is a consistent fantasy producer from week to week, but he does offer spike game potential, making him more valuable in best ball leagues than in other formats.
Former 49ers running back Raheem Mostert is expected to sign with the Miami Dolphins, according to a report from Ian Rapoport.
On paper, this marriage makes perfect sense. Mostert is a free agent recovering from injury and looking for a place to rebuild his value. The Dolphins recently hired Mike McDaniel as their head coach, and he was Mostert's offensive coordinator and run game coordinator over the last few seasons in San Francisco. Unfortunately, the Miami backfield is now a bit crowded with Mostert and Chase Edmonds joining a running back room that already included Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed. Edmonds should be the clear No. 1 in Miami, but he may share snaps and touches if this room stays intact and everyone stays healthy.
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