49ers Beat: QB Colin Kaepernick could open things up for RB Carlos Hyde

Running back Carlos Hyde could see a difference on Sunday in how the Buffalo Bills defend the zone-read game with Colin Kaepernick replacing Blaine Gabbert at the controls of the 49ers’ offense.

“They were probably keying on me because they don’t respect Blaine’s speed until he pulls it and he breaks one,” Hyde said. “And they said, ‘All right, never mind, we can’t play it like that.’ Maybe they’ll come at it differently with Kap being back there. Around the league, they know Kap can run the ball, so maybe they’ll play it differently.”

Fantasy Impact: 

Hyde is the NFL’s eighth-leading rusher with 377 yards and six touchdowns. But with a 4.0-yard average, those yards have not come easily. Kaepernick’s experience and success in running the zone read could prove beneficial for Hyde. After all, it is clear that Hyde has been the central figure of the 49ers' offense.

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