One of the most undervalued and overlooked running back in all of fantasy football is our own Frank Gore.
In the last three season alone, Gore has averaged 1,184 yards on the ground to go along with 8 rushing touchdowns. Add in another 163 yards through the air, and Gore is about as consistent a running back as you will find in today’s NFL.
With the rush to land the top RBs in the draft like Adrian Peterson, Jamal Charles, and Arian Foster, Gore is a consistent 5th to 7th round pick in 10-team leagues. For some people, they view him as more of a name than an actual solid fantasy pick often taking the likes of Steven Jackson or Darren McFadden over Gore.
Here’s a nice little stat for those of you looking for consistent points from your RB position. The points are rounded up.
Week 1: 12 points
Week 2: 3 points
Week 3: 10 points
Week 4: 21 points (-2 for fumble= 19 points)
Week 5: 14 points
Week 6: 10 points
Week 7: 22 points
Week 8: 19 points (-2 points for fumble= 17 points)
Week 9: 10 points
Week 10: 5 points
Week 11: 3 points
Week 12: 10 points (-2 points for fumble= 8 points)
Week 13: 11 points
Week 14: 8 points
Week 15: 15 points
Week 16: 1 point
In 11 of the 16 weeks, Gore broke double digit numbers.
For seven straight weeks (week 3 though week 9) Gore hit 10 points or more, averaging 15 a game. Because Gore doesn’t fumble much, 23 times out of 2,518 career touches, or about once every 110 touches, he’s not a risk factor to cost you a game with a turnover.
For the 2014 season, Gore should start from day 1 against the Dallas Cowboys and finish off his 10th season as the career rushing leader for the San Francisco 49ers.
With the addition of Marcus Lattimore and Carlos Hyde, Gore could see fewer carries and fewer goal line touches but he’s still a 1,000 yard rusher and should add another 6-8 touchdowns on the season.
If you’ve got a Flex position in your league, or are looking for a good RB in the 5th to 7th round, Gore should be available, and will be a solid pick. The last three seasons have shown his consistency to the 49ers and to fantasy football owners.