Even with Damien Willaims the 1-A, Carlos
Hyde landed in a great spot for his fantasy value.
Just two short years ago Carlos Hyde was having a career year
in San Francisco (240-940-8; 59-350-0), finishing as an under-the-radar
RB2, who had double digit scoring potential to go with a dual
threat game. Typically held back by injuries, many thought Hyde
would be a free agent steal prior to last offseason, but he surprisingly
was snapped up by Cleveland and became part of a muddled three-man
backfield. After a solid six-game stretch with the Browns that
saw him rack up almost 400 yards and 5 touchdowns, Hyde was shipped
to Jacksonville after losing out to Nick Chubb in Cleveland.
Largely invisible with his time with the Jaguars, Hyde was unceremoniously
dumped a few days ago, only to quickly surface with the Chiefs
on a one-year, 2.8 million dollar deal. Itís been a wild
ride for the once promising Hyde, but is KC the right place to
rehab his value, and bring him back into the good graces of fantasy
owners? Let's take a look.
Hyde joins yet another crowded backfield, as the Chiefs return
newly re-signed Damien Williams, and Darrel Williams with Spencer
Ware and Charcandrick West free agents. The biggest roadblock
to fantasy value is clearly going to be playing time, as even
an offense as mighty as Kansas City would struggle to support
three runners. The good news is that despite being productive
in this offense for stretches, neither Williams (Damien) or Williams
(Darrel) are superior talents. Hyde has the potential to be just
as versatile, and clearly must have been promised a role in the
offense if he chose the Chiefs has his rehab stop.
The negative for Hyde remains his lack of explosion, as heís
failed to top 4 yards a carry in any of his last three full seasons
and he has lots of mileage on his treds for a guy entering only
his sixth year in the league. Iím not entirely sure what
the heck happened in Jacksonville, maybe it was just a bad fit,
but it has to be a concern that Hyde is on his fourth team already.
The signing of Hyde makes total sense to me in a practical football
connotation. The Chiefs get to replace Kareem Hunt with a three-headed
backfield, and Hyde gets a chance to showcase what he has left
on the most talent laden offense in the league. If youíve
played fantasy football long enough, you know that most running
backs fail to play the full 16 game slate, and that a starting
running back on an Andy Reid offense is a lottery ticket. I think
Hyde slots in as the 1-B to Damien, as I do think he is a better
pure runner, even if Williams is the better receiver. Surprisingly,
I do think he has the talent to take over the league back if Damien
falters or misses time with injury. The Chiefs gave him a decent
chunk of guaranteed money, which tells me there is a role for
him on the offense.
Ultimately Hydeís status will bear close watching into spring
and summer. He will be most assuredly be a late-round upside pick,
and a name to keep stashed away.