From 49ers beat writer Matt Barrows: "Hyde has gone from looking out of place early in the spring to looking like a man possessed in the summer."
Barrows reports after the offseason ended in mid-June, Hyde stayed at the team facility for the next six weeks instead of heading to South Florida or Ohio State, his usual routine. Hyde also dropped weight and cut his body-fat percentage from 16 percent to nearly single digits.
After attending 49ers camp, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan added on Sirius XM radio Sunday night: "He's the guy...he's not being challenged."
Hyde has been a low-RB2 in our rankings this offseason after some reports that he initially struggled in OTAs adapting to Kyle Shanahan's outside zone blocking rushing attack. There's still time though for Hyde to move up the rankings with a strong preseason. Hyde was RB14 in PPR fantasy points per game last season, but he has yet to play a full season, missing three games last year, nine in 2015 and two as a rookie. Hyde's ADP sits in the 4th round, which sounds about right to us. It's not great value, but he's not overpriced either.
NO RB Tim Hightower - Week 17, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 at Atlanta
Tim Hightower rushed eight times for just 29 yards in the Saints' Week 16 win over the Buccaneers. After vulturing a pair of touchdowns from Mark Ingram last week, Hightower watched as Ingram scored from six and 14 yards out this time around. Ranked as our RB48 for Week 17, Hightower will be a touchdown-dependent fantasy play when the Saints visit the Falcons on Sunday. Ingram remains the back to own in New Orleans.