Carlos Hyde put up 1,151 total yards and nine touchdowns as a third-year player for the San Francisco 49ers last season. And despite missing three games to injury, Hyde finished as a top-end RB2 option in the fake football world.
In no way does this mean the injury-prone running back is guaranteed a starting job for the 49ers this upcoming season. With Kyle Shanahan taking over the team's head coaching duties, there's more competition on the roster than ever before.
That will likely filter over to the running back position, where rookie fourth-round pick Joe Williams has impressed those in San Francisco during the offseason. In reality, Hyde will have to earn the starting job in 2017.
This in and of itself should push Hyde's ADP from its current standing as the 17th running back off the board to the mid 20s. In turn, Williams himself should now be considered a later-round option in standard 12-team leagues.
In fact, the idea of doubling down on 49ers running backs as mid-to-late round options could make some sense here. Remember, Shanahan deployed a strong two-running back system with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman last season. While we can't expect like results, this bit of news definitely pushes Williams up a notch as a rookie.