What can we expect from Carlos Hyde?
Carlos Hyde, after the departure of Frank Gore, appears to be destined to be “The Man” in San Francisco going forward according to Paul Guiterrez, an ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter. Hyde showed some promise last season on a limited amount of carries as he averaged 4.0 yards per carry. For PPR leaguers, Hyde only managed to catch 12 passes last season and with Reggie Bush on the roster for next season, would figure to not see much in the way of passing down work.
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News came out today that Hyde has been losing some weight. For a guy of his size, that is most likely going to be a great thing. Some of last season’s best fantasy backs all lost some weight prior to the season and managed to grind out top five fantasy RB seasons. Le’Veon Bell and Eddie Lacy both just to name a few.
The 49ers really will be an interesting team to figure out for this 2015 season. There will be several new faces with Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree both gone. Colin Kaepernick and Vernon Davis will both be back and expecting to be some decent fantasy forces. The 49ers are in a very tough division and will look to improve on an 8-8 campaign from last year.
For the savvy dynasty league owners who took a draft flier on Carlos Hyde last season they stand to be rewarded nicely this year. Hyde projects as a RB1 candidate and should land somewhere around 260-300 carries over a full season. I would as of this point expect for Hyde to get all of the early down and goal line work for the 49ers next year. Hyde has a decent nose for the end zone and even with this weight loss will still be a hard guy to stop on the goal line.
Last season Frank Gore finished as the #17 overall RB in ESPN.com standard leagues last year. I would not expect to see Hyde finishing too much higher than that for 2015. I could see possibly a top 10 finish in a great year for him, but unless he just rips it up in the preseason I will not be drafting him any higher than around the 12th-18th RB off of the draft board. I have not updated my ranks for next year, but at this stage in the game that is as high as I am willing to go on Hyde. His price tag in dynasty leagues should be pretty high right now and if someone reads into this weight loss story a little too much be ready to unload him in the right trade.
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