Matt Breida
Matt Breida
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Buffalo Bills
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Breida is probably looking at the No. 3 running back role on a deep Bills team, but it's not like Devin Singletary or Zack Moss wowed last season, so the speedy veteran will certainly get his share of chances after running for 254 yards and a 4.3 average on 59 carries with the Dolphins last season. Assuming Breida does make the final roster, the Buffalo running back group is starting to look like a true committee heading into the 2021 campaign. Breida's wheels could help him emerge as a change-of-pace option in that context. Read Past Outlooks
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#251.05
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Bills in March of 2021.
Limited production as second RB
RBBuffalo Bills
September 14, 2021
Breida rushed four times for just four yards and was not targeted in the passing game in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.
ANALYSIS
Breida received a surprise promotion -- at least for one week -- when the Bills made Zack Moss a healthy inactive, for reasons still not yet fully known. Moss was a high draft pick and had a promising rookie season, so we imagine he'll be back in uniform sooner rather than later. Breida did nothing Sunday to merit a bigger role longer term. He only saw the field for 10 offensive snaps compared to Devin Singletary's 64.
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How do Matt Breida's 2021 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
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  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
Broken Tackle %
0.0%
 
Positive Run %
75.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
175.0%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.8
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
0.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
0.0%
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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Overall QB Rating Against
79.5
 
Cornerbacks
77.5
 
Safeties
47.9
 
Linebackers
99.2
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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For the second consecutive season, Breida topped 5.0 yards per carry as part of the 49ers' dynamic running attack while also having trouble staying healthy, missing three midseason games with an ankle injury. Once Breida returned, Raheem Mostert had usurped his spot in the pecking order, and Breida failed to get more than 12 snaps in a game from Week 14 through the Super Bowl. Breida received a second-round restricted free-agent tender early in the offseason, but he was then traded to Miami for a fifth-round pick on Day 3 of the draft. Heading into his fourth season, the 25-year-old remains explosive, having recorded the top speed of any ballcarrier in 2019 when he hit 22.3 mph on an 83-yard touchdown run in Week 5. His smaller frame at 5-10, 190, and durability issues likely will limit his workload with his new team, and offensive coordinator Chan Gailey's scheme will be a downgrade from Kyle Shanahan's, but with Jordan Howard around to handle the heavy lifting between the tackles, Breida should still do some damage as the lightning to Howard's thunder. The Dolphins did trade for Lynn Bowden just prior to the regular season, and the rookie third-round pick possesses traits as a gadget player and potential change-of-pace option, but Breida's job should be his to lose.
The backfield's getting crowded in San Francisco. Tevin Coleman joined the 49ers this offseason from the Falcons, and Jerick McKinnon should be recovered from the torn ACL that wiped out his 2018, but Breida could still see a sizable role thanks to the one trait he possesses that Kyle Shanahan prizes above all others - blazing speed. The third-year back's 22.09 mph top speed on a touchdown run in Week 12 was the fastest recorded in the league last year, and his 5.3 YPC and 8.4 YPT placed him among the league leaders at running back. The 49ers' decision to load up on backfield talent might end up being a necessary measure, as McKinnon has dealt with some hiccups late in the rehab process, leaving him as a question mark for the upcoming season. At 5-10, 190, Breida isn't built to take frequent pounding between the tackles, but as long as the scheme finds ways to get the ball in his hands in space, he shouldn't need a lot of touches to rack up useful production.
An undrafted rookie free agent last year, Breida fell into the No. 2 spot on the 49ers' depth chart early last season and held his own. Checking in at 5-10, 190, the scatback ran a blistering 4.37 40-yard dash at his pro day, and while his speed didn't translate into huge gains as a rookie - he managed only two runs of 20 yards or more on 105 carries - he did show the toughness to run between the tackles on occasion while posting 4.4 YPC. With Jerick McKinnon out for the season, opportunity knocks for both Breida and Alfred Morris. Look for the 49ers to ride the hot hand out of the gate, but McKinnon's injury transforms Breida from a late-round flyer to a vital part of an offense with some upside.
The undrafted rookie out of Georgia Southern was picked up to provide depth at the running back position for the 49ers. Standing at just 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, what Breida lacks in size he makes up for in the speed department (4.37 40 time during his pro day). He emerged as a surprise favorite for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart late in the preseason, with his spot seemingly confirmed when the Niners cut Tim Hightower and placed Joe Williams on injured reserve with an ankle injury. Breida profiles as Carlos Hyde's top backup -- a role that could potentially include regular passing-down snaps.
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Likely No. 2 back
RBBuffalo Bills
September 12, 2021
Breida is set to serve as the No. 2 running back behind Devin Singletary with Zack Moss listed as inactive for the Week 1 matchup against Pittsburgh.
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Locked in as No. 3 back
RBBuffalo Bills
August 31, 2021
Breida has made the Bills' initial 53-man roster.
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One carry in preseason finale
RBBuffalo Bills
August 28, 2021
Breida ran for 16 yards on one carry in Saturday's preseason game against Green Bay.
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Twelve touches in preseason opener
RBBuffalo Bills
August 13, 2021
Breida rushed 10 times for 27 yards and caught both of his targets for 15 yards in Friday's 16-15 preseason win over the Lions.
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Strong effort in camp early on
RBBuffalo Bills
August 2, 2021
Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo relays that Breida "has really shown off his speed and quickness" through the early stages of training camp.
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