There are lots of unknowns in the 49ers backfield. Carlos Hyde is back, but he seems to disappoint more than not. Kyle Shanahan banged the table for Joe Williams. Tim Hightower ended 2016 as the starter and is still hanging around. Will San Francisco be good enough to have a fantasy-relevant back? Do you have a player you are targeting here?
Chad Parsons: The saga of Carlos Hyde has been one of the more entertaining ones of the offseason. Recent comments have been a more positive tone than the warning shots for months. Hyde came into camp at 228 pounds - his lightest in years - and the coaching staff noted how he looks dedicated. Considering Hyde is clearly the most talented back on the roster, the entire process felt like an intense class in 'tough love' by the new coaching staff early in the offseason.
I do not give much credence to the Joe Williams buzz since the draft. Williams will have his hands full as a Day 3 rookie with a low BMI to unseat savvy veteran Tim Hightower - who has been a significant fantasy factor the last two seasons - for the primary backup role, let along challenge Carlos Hyde for the starting spot.
There is plenty of value in the 49ers offense as all significant pieces are affordable considering a boost (hard not to) from their dysfunctional state is likely in 2017.