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Meet JaMycal Hasty, an Undrafted Rookie and the 49ers’ Possible Savior at Running Back

Fantasy football fans need to meet JaMycal Hasty, the San Francisco 49ers’ rookie running back.

If they don’t know Hasty’s name now, they might want to start doing some research. With Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. both injured, Hasty is in for more carries on a San Francisco 49ers team hoping to stay alive in the postseason race.

JaMycal Hasty played at Baylor

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Standing only 5 feet 8 inches, JaMycal Hasty uses his weight (205 pounds) to his advantage.

After he redshirted at Baylor in 2015, Hasty ran for 623 yards and three touchdowns on 5.2 yards per carry in 2016. Hasty’s numbers dipped to 314 yards and a touchdown a year later.

Although Hasty had 434 yards and four touchdowns on 5.3 yards per attempt, he only had 82 carries in 2018. Hasty ended his time at Baylor with 627 yards and seven touchdowns on 5.8 yards per carry last year.

A capable receiving back, Hasty also turned 79 receptions into 485 yards and a touchdown. Hasty even had a 33-yard scoop-and-score touchdown on a blocked punt.

Hasty signed with San Francisco as an undrafted rookie

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Although JaMycal Hasty never had prolific numbers at Baylor, there was still some optimism a team could draft him last spring.

During the pre-draft process, NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein projected Hasty would be drafted in the sixth round. Zierlein praised Hasty’s toughness and jump cuts, but expressed concern about the injury background.

“Hasty is a decent college player but could be a better fit in a pro-style zone rushing attack. He’s unlikely to be anything more than a RB3, but his ability to impact the passing game and play on special teams gives him a leg up on head-to-head competition in camp.”

However, Hasty went undrafted, and he signed with the San Francisco 49ers as a rookie free agent. Hasty ran for nine yards on two carries and had a 9-yard catch in a Week 3 victory over the Giants. Three weeks later, Hasty picked up 37 rushing yards on nine carries.

Hasty also played at least 33% of the 49ers’ special teams snaps in those five games.

JaMycal Hasty could be the 49ers’ savior at running back

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If fantasy football owners haven’t picked JaMycal Hasty up yet, now is the time to do exactly that.

Hasty is in line for more touches with Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. both injured. San Francisco placed Wilson, who ran for three touchdowns in Week 7, on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

Hasty ran for 57 yards on nine carries and had a 16-yard catch in the 33-6 rout of the Patriots.

San Francisco is expected to give Jerick McKinnon limited touches to keep him healthy. The 49ers have a challenging three-game stretch ahead at Seattle and New Orleans, coupled with a Thursday night home game against the Packers squeezed in between the other two outings.

Hasty was available in nearly 40% of ESPN fantasy football leagues at publication. Now is the time to pursue adding Hasty to a roster, significantly as the trip to Seattle inches closer.

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