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NEWS: Carlos Hyde could become fantasy relevant fast?

According to reports, 49ers rookie RB Carlos Hyde has looked solid so far in camp. With Kendall Hunter (ACL) done for the year, LaMichael James (elbow) out 4-6 weeks, and with Marcus Lattimore (knee) still unproven health-wise, the team fully expects to lean heavily on Hyde in 2014.

SMITTY: Carlos Hyde could quickly look like a strong flex play in early 2014; he has much more upside as the season rolls along, too. Hey Frank Gore owners, get your ear muffs on! Gore is 31 and has 2,189 regular-season rushes to his name. Runners usually start dropping off talent-wise at about 2,000 carries, so Gore could fade in a big way this year, especially from mid-season on. This makes Hyde a MONSTER “down the stretch” sleeper candidate, where he could crank out fantasy RB2-type numbers during the span of games he essentially gets starter-type carries. Now, Marcus Lattimore might have something to say about all of this, but he is a wait-and-see type prospect until he proves (on the field) otherwise. Looking for Full-Season 2014 Fantasy Football Projections?

NEWS: Kendall Hunter remains the back-up to Frank Gore? Or, is it Hyde?

According to NBC Sports, 49ers RB Kendall Hunter is still the primary back-up to starter Frank Gore. According to the report, Hunter has the “trust of the coaching staff” and “thoroughly understands the team’s pass protections.”

SMITTY: It’s certainly possible that Kendall Hunter would start for the 49ers if Frank Gore ever went down, but my money is still on Carlos Hyde emerging should the team’s first- and second-down duties ever be up for grabs due to a Gore-related injury. It sounds like Marcus Lattimore still has a ways to go before he can near even a glimpse of his old self (prior to his knee injury), so it appears that the 49ers back-up running back battle, for this year anyway, is between Hunter and Hyde. Having a strong grip on third-down duties won’t automatically hand Hunter the starting gig if it suddenly became available. While anything can happen, Hyde is the handcuff to own if you’re a Gore owner (especially in dynasty formats), and the truly crafty non-Gore owner will scoop up just Hyde right about when their yearly-league draft(s) starts sniffing double-digit rounds. Want fantasy football projections for all three rushers (based on your scoring)? Launch our Draft Analyzer:
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