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Value Plays: Running Backs

The Footballguys staff finds value at the running back position

A fantasy draft is all about obtaining the most value with each selection. There is value available throughout a draft, and grabbing it is one of the most important keys to a successful fantasy team. In an attempt to point out this value, we asked our staff to look through the Top 150 and identify players that should outperform their draft position.

Player Receiving 4 Votes

Carlos Hyde, San Francisco

Phil Alexander: Hyde's ADP hasn't fully rebounded after he was slandered by beat writers as a poor fit for Kyle Shanahan's zone blocking scheme during OTAs. Concerns about his fit with Shanahan were always overblown for a player with Hyde's pedigree. What he may lack in vision, Hyde more than makes up for with power, explosiveness, surprising short space quickness, and the ability to shed arm tackles. He's not tied to a great offense or offensive line, but those things were also true last season when Hyde finished as the RB9 on a per game basis. Hyde -- who caught 82% of his targets in 2016 -- figures to see an uptick in his receiving stats under Shanahan as well. He may not have been a value when his ADP was in the second round, but Hyde's clear RB1 upside makes him a potential steal at his current ADP.

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