Early look at key 49ers contributors in 2018


SANTA CLARA, CA – NOVEMBER 26: Carlos Hyde #28 of the San Francisco 49ers is tackled by K.J. Wright #50 of the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)With the 2017 fantasy football season in the books, Niner Noise takes an early look at which San Francisco 49ers could be impact players next year. Heading into 2017, the San Francisco 49ers had two, maybe three players on their roster worthy of fantasy football consideration.Running back Carlos Hyde was one. Wide receiver Pierre Garçon was another. Maybe you considered another player as a depth option or waiver-wire flier.At season’s end, though, the Niners ended up fielding a number of players worth fantasy football consideration. In a quarterback-hungry league, Jimmy Garoppolo ended up being a nice option towards the end of the season if you were weak here.And wide receiver Marquise Goodwin nearly hit 1,000 receiving yards. Had it not been for a concussion in Week 17 against the Los Angeles Rams, that number might have been reached.Your thoughts for fantasy football may be a ways away, as you’re busy salivating your 2017 victory or planning how you can overcome being one of your league’s chumps.But with head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense finally starting to show its teeth, 2018 might be a year in which you start seriously prioritizing 49ers players during your fantasy draft.Let’s take an early look at which players you should stash on your cheat sheet and why. Running Back Carlos HydeThis is a bit of a tough one, as Hyde is set to be a free agent this offseason. But free agency doesn’t matter, as long as the player lands with a squad that puts him in a position to contribute.Ideally, Hyde would be a featured back on a run-first team. Shanahan employs more of the dual-back approach, so Hyde ended up losing carries to rookie tailback Matt Breida last season. Despite that, Hyde managed a team-leading 1,290 yards from scrimmage and was tops in total receptions (59).In total, this amounted to 234 fantasy points, per ESPN standard-scoring leagues, which was eighth best among all tailbacks.Keep an eye on where Hyde lands this offseason. If he remains in San Francisco, it wouldn’t be a shock to see those numbers dip a bit. But Hyde would still be a nice No. 2 or flex option.Next: Wide Receiver Pierre Garçon!function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function() {n.callMethod?
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