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What to do with Carlos Hyde on Thursday Night Football

Carlos Hyde continues to produce consistently. Will he continue this Thursday against the Colts?

Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde is defended by Jacksonville Jaguars free safety Jarrod Wilson on a 58-yard run in the third quarter during an NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Hyde continues to surprise fantasy footballers with his somewhat consistent production. Texans coach Bill O’Brien has helped Hyde a lot this season, as he’s fed him as a true bell-cow when games are close, or Houston has a lead. On average, he’s run the ball 15.8 times per game and has only dipped below ten rushing attempts once, last week in a blowout against the Ravens. And even though Hyde had just nine carries, he managed 65 yards and a touchdown.

His weaker games usually arise when he doesn’t get into the end zone, as he’s averaging 79 total yards per game and has just four touchdowns. He is a much better standard league back than PPR back, as he has only six receptions on the season and none over his last four games.

Fantasy football analysis: Houston Texans RB Carlos Hyde

This week he faces a tough Colts run defense that allows the fifth-fewest fantasy points to running backs per game. They’ve given up 4.03 yards per carry and five total touchdowns with three on the ground. The last time these teams met, Hyde ran 12 times for 35 yards, which was his worst fantasy game of the season.

This week the hope for Hyde is that the Texans can get a lead now that they are back home and favored by -5.5, which would help Hyde see more work. This is a tough spot for Hyde, but one where you should still be able to bank on his usage, especially in standard leagues.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Hyde as an RB3 in standard and RB4 in PPR.