First, no Rb is getting old at 25. In fact most Rbs peak between 26 and 29. And some who are underused in their younger years bloom late, look at Priest. Hicks will spell Barlow and if he does well, he's going to stay in the game. at this point the 49ers are looking for any sort of spark. But let's face it, they are going to be playing from behind most of the time and thus will be throwing. So any SF Rb is going to be mediocre at best. Barlow is a good back IMO, but as Keyser said he is a guy who's value is tied to the rest of the team. The 49ers have very little talent except Barlow. He is the only weapon and as a result he is what defenses key on. Do i think hicks is good to stash? In a keeper or dynasty, sure stash him if you have bench space. In a redraft, he's probably worthless. Do I think he'll be the starter? not unless barlow gets hurt. Do i think barlow will ever be a top 10-15 back? Yes, but only if the 49ers surround him with an offensive lineup that has more weapons than just him. We'll just have to wait til the off-season to see if that happens.
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