Carlos Hyde, Jeremy Kerley, Blaine Gabbert Post-Week 5 Fantasy Advice

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2016

San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde (28) celebrates after running for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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The San Francisco 49ers were outplayed by the Arizona Cardinals in their 33-21 loss on Thursday night, but fantasy owners at least received some early Week 5 points from their offensive playmakers.

Running back Carlos Hyde and wide receiver Jeremy Kerley each found the end zone, and quarterback Blaine Gabbert threw for a score and ran one in during garbage time.

Here is a look at their numbers and some reaction for each.

                                              

Carlos Hyde

CarriesRushing YardsYards Per CarryRushing TDsCatchesTargetsReceiving YardsReceiving TDs
22783.5166360
Source: ESPN.com

Hyde is tied for the league lead with Melvin Gordon with six rushing touchdowns, and he added to his total Thursday.

The 3.5 yards per carry weren’t great, but it isn’t a troublesome pattern since he posted 4.9 yards per attempt the past two weeks. It is encouraging for fantasy owners that he still scored a touchdown and posted solid total yardage numbers thanks to a season-high in receptions.

The Ohio State Buckeyes product has been a model of consistency with at least 74 rushing yards in four of his team’s five games and has done nothing to garner taking him out of your starting lineup.

                                        

Jeremy Kerley

CatchesTargetsReceiving YardsReceiving TDs
8131021
Source: ESPN.com

The yardage and touchdown immediately stand out about Kerley’s efforts, but the fact he saw a head-turning 13 targets is what fantasy owners should pay attention to moving forward.

Nobody else on the team saw more than six, and that was Hyde from the running back spot and Garrett Celek as a tight end. Kerley was Gabbert’s top wide receiver option again after posting a solid 32 targets in the first four games.

That type of volume makes Kerley a flex starter at worse, and he found the end zone for the second straight week. The 49ers aren’t a dynamic offense, but Kerley will put up numbers with that many chances.

                                           

Blaine Gabbert

PassingPassing YardsPassing TDsInterceptionsCarriesRushing YardsRushing TDs
18-of-311621210701
Source: ESPN.com

Even with the two interceptions, Gabbert’s day in the fantasy realm was better than in reality. He scored the rushing touchdown in garbage time to salvage some critical points and connected with Kerley for a score through the air.

The yardage on the ground is beneficial from the quarterback spot, but Gabbert’s long-term viability as a fantasy option is extremely limited (and not just because he has never thrown for more than 2,214 yards in any of his six seasons).

Coach Chip Kelly said “We're going to look at everything” when asked if he would switch to Colin Kaepernick before the next game, per Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.

With the prospect of a benching looming, Gabbert isn’t worth keeping in your starting lineup any longer.