Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight
RB - #20 SF Probable 2 years 24 6'0 235

2015 Outlook: Bust (overvalued)

Last updated on Sep-30-2015 by Shawn Childs


UPDATE (9/30): Carlos Hyde has played well to start the season, although the 49ers need to put themselves in better position to maintain a balanced offense. Through three games, Hyde is averaging 4.9 yards per carry and is also catching a couple passes per game. San Francisco has fallen behind early in their last two contests, forcing the game flow to move away from Hyde and the running game. Any improvement at all from this team will open up opportunities for Hyde, who looks like a solid RB2 moving forward.

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Hyde wouldn't have been my first choice in the 2014 NFL Draft if I was looking for a lead RB for my team. Carlos is a pure north-south runner with power, limited speed (4.66 40-yard dash at the combine) and no real value as a receiver. Ohio State ran most of its plays out of the shotgun with Hyde anchored at the quarterback's hip. He showed power and some acceleration when he broke into the open field. His doesn't have enough speed to beat a defense around the edge. He's a two-down back in the NFL with unimpressive blocking skills. He rushed for 1,521 yards in his senior year at Ohio State with 15 TDs. Carlos caught 34 passes in three seasons for 271 yards and four scores. His hands graded out better than expected at the combine, but he has no real experience with running routes out of the backfield. With the 49ers, Hyde rushed for 333 yards on 83 carries (4.0 YPC) with four TDs. He caught 12 of his 16 targets for 68 yards (5.7 yards per catch). He had only four games with 10 touches or more, but this season, Hyde has an excellent chance at rushing more than 250 times. Yet I can't expect much more than 1,000 yards because of the O-line. Kaepernick is capable of stealing some of his goal-line TDs, and Bush will heavily limit his receiving numbers. I'm not expecting him to repeat Frank Gore's numbers from 2014, which made the veteran the No. 18 RB in PPR leagues (292 touches, 1,269 total yards, nine TDs). I see at least a 10 percent drop in those totals just based on Hyde's talent -- or lack thereof. Carlos is a back-end RB2 with no real explosiveness and who will turn in many weeks with fewer than 10 Fantasy points when he doesn't find the end zone. Hyde has an ADP of 39 in the early draft season, making him the 14th RB selected. I won't be investing in him at that price.

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde

2015 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
Expert Mock
August 5th, 2015
6.03 RotoExperts/FNTSY @allinkid - I was planning to grab my third receiver, but Hyde in Round 6 was too good to pass up. As long as he's healthy (and yes, there are some concerns), Hyde is at worst a Top 20 running back. (Comments Added Thu Aug 6 4:06:32 p.m. ET 2015)
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