2015-2016 DFS Breakout Ballers: Carlos Hyde
This is the fifth installment of a 10 part series spotlighting players that will make a significant leap in the 2015 NFL season. If you haven’t checked out John’s feature on Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews, I suggest giving it a read. Each player featured in this series are prime prospects to target in season long formats, as well as early season DFS lineups before their prices rise. Let’s get into it!
For NFL fantasy enthusiasts: Carlos Hyde heads into his second season in the NFL, and his first season as the teams lead back. After Frank Gore left via free agency after leading the teams rushing attack for 10 season, Hyde comes in as the next guy in line. Hyde proved as a rookie that he can produce big numbers in a limited basis. Hyde has also decided to drop some weight to help him keep his endurance up, after only carrying the ball 83 times as rookie. Hyde is expected to carry the load well over 200 times this coming season which should translate to potential big time numbers.
Now let’s take a look at why Carlos Hyde’s numbers from 2014 in a limited role should translate into big time numbers carrying the full load. Hyde as a rookie took over as the 49ers backup running back after being drafted in the second round of the 2014 draft. In a limited role, Hyde produced 333 yards and four touchdowns on just 83 carries. With those numbers in a limited role, expect them to at least triple as the full time starter with Hyde looking to push over 1,000 yards rushing and double digit touchdowns.
Now, heading into his first season as the 49ers leading rusher, Hyde looks to carry on the tradition that Frank Gore left behind. With a dual threat at quarterback, an all pro left tackle and a talented roster, expect big things from Hyde going forward. With the addition of speedy deep threat Torrey Smith, it should help open up things for Hyde in the running game.
The numbers Hyde has the chance to produce some big fantasy numbers in his second season in the NFL. During his college days, Hyde showed overall balance, power and burst at Ohio State. Those skills are expected to translate to NFL, which is why he was drafted in second of the 2014 draft. Carlos Hyde provides both power and speed similar to what Frank Gore did, but Hyde is overall bigger and more explosive. The 49ers offense will go as Hyde goes this season, and after a promising rookie campaign the team should feel confident in their second year back.
The 49ers did not bring in anyone who should look to challenge Hyde. Reggie Bush was brought in to be the pass catching back, but he is to be considered their number two back to spell Hyde. Hyde should be taken seriously as a solid number one or two back in a fantasy league that rosters two starting running backs. Look for Hyde to be overlooked by other potential running backs, and hope to swoop him up in the third or fourth round in your fantasy league.
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