Daily Fantasy Football Stock Report: 49ers rookie RB Joe Williams has ‘legitimate chance’ to unseat Carlos Hyde

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The fact Turner and Shanahan campaigned for Williams speaks volumes about their plan for him. Turner and Shanahan wanted Williams. They see something in him. They know exactly how they want to use him.

So, yes, Williams has a legitimate chance to immediately unseat Hyde as the team’s top running back. Hyde is entering the final year of his contract. His first three seasons have been marked by inconsistencies and injuries that have sidelined him for 14 games. – Matt Maiocco, CSN Bay Area

So, this is interesting. Joe Williams had an interesting collegiate career where he went to a bunch of schools, got arrested once and then retired (!) from football before finishing his final season at Utah with 1,420 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in only nine games. Clearly the dude has off-field issues, but boy is he talented on the football field. Williams possesses legit 4.40 speed and the ability to be an every down back. Kyle Shannahan was so obsessed with selecting Williams that he actually banged on the table in celebration when they selected him. Unlike Carlos Hyde, Williams is Shannahan’s guy and it looks like he may be able to standout just enough to unseat the injury-riddled veteran — who also happens to be entering the final year of his conctract. Expect a Freeman-Coleman– esque split in The Bay.

As for Anderson, he’s guaranteed to make $3 million this season. He’s still the favorite to be the Broncos’ top tailback. The Broncos brought in the great Jamaal Charles but because of his knee injuries, I’d put his chances of making the season-opening roster at 50-50.

His low-guarantee, one-year minimum contract with heavy incentives suggests doubts as to whether he can make it — but it’s a risk worth taking. – Mike Klis, 9 News Denver

After ball-washing “Ja Cha” on The Fantasy Fullback Dive Podcast, The Wolf might have to reconsider his excitement. With CJ Anderson returning to health, Devontae Booker entering his second year and the addition of rookie De’Angelo Henderson to the backfield, it’s quite the crowded stable in Denver. If Charles gets banged up in training camp, it shouldn’t surprise anyone if he’s cut loose. Although I personally think he should make the roster, this should temper expectations for the oft-injured running back.

LeGarrette Blount was finally signed today to a 1-year, ‘prove it’ deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. Coming off a league-leading 18 touchdown season, Blount will be able to pound his way into the end zone for a team that lacked any physicality on the goal line. Per Schefty, it looks like this could be the end for Ryan “Mr. Glass” Mathews, who has always possessed the talent, but has yet to put together a full season. Surrounded by a few pass-catching shrimps, Blount will fit in nicely from a football standpoint in Philly, but shouldn’t make a legit fantasy football impact.

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