Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde did not practice on Tuesday, neither one looking like a fantasy starter
The 49ers’ two top running backs missed practice on Tuesday. We break down the fantasy implications.
San Francisco 49ers running backs Frank Gore (concussion) and Carlos Hyde (ankle, back) both sat out practice on Tuesday, according to Comcast Sportsnet’s Matt Maioccco. The two rushers combined for 17 carries, 84 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Fantasy Impact: The 2014 NFL season has been a bit of a lost cause for the 49ers. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick isn’t looking like the player the team re-signed to a huge extension in the off-season. Tight end Vernon Davis has had trouble staying healthy and even when he has played, he hasn’t produced like we’re used to.
But perhaps the most overlooked and yet most disappointing aspect of the team’s offense is the running game. After 15 games, Gore is averaging just 57.4 yards per contest, an average that would be his worst since his rookie season in 2005.
Hyde, on the other hand, has just 333 yards rushing on the year. That brings the duo’s total to 1,137 yards combined this season. Even in today’s pass-happy NFL, that’s simply not good enough.
The 49ers take on the San Diego Chargers on Saturday night. Due to the short week and the lack of production we’ve seen from both Gore and Hyde this year, neither one is a fantasy force.
If neither back can go on Saturday, Alfonso Smith will start. Smith has four carries for six yards this season, all of which came last week.