Fantasy Football Profile: Frank Gore
Frank Gore is one of those guys I’ll likely never own. Not that I dislike him, but usually someone is willing to take him before I am willing to pull the trigger on him. He had a solid year last year, but 1409 total yards (1036 rushing, 373 receiving) and 8 TDs don’t quite add up for a guy taken in the top seven or so. Of course he did miss two games, but I won’t give him a pardon since they were during the fantasy playoffs in Weeks 15 & 16. He is still worthy of first round pick, particularly in PPR leagues as he 52.3 receptions the past three years (although it’s declined each year). The Niners did draft Glen Coffee (Alabama) in the third round of this year’s NFL Draft. It’s a same assumption that he will shoulder some of the load. Couple that with a QB battle between Shaun Hill and Alex Smith and I just as soon take one of the big WRs (Fitz or Andre Johnson) or Clinton Portis if he’s available at the bottom of the first round.
The Niners have a decent schedule. They open the season and the fantasy playoffs (Week 14) with Arizona. They face the Rams in Week 4. Unfortunately they face them again Week 17 when it doesn’t matter to most fantasy owners. Their fantasy playoff schedule is solid with the aforementioned tilt with Arizona, a clash with Philly in Week 15, and the Detroit Lions in the fantasy football championship game. You have to love that. Of course, if he misses the title game like last year, it’s a moot point.
Like I said Gore will be taken in the first round in most drafts. If he stays healthy he should earn his keep. I’m projecting him to have 1600 total yards and 7 TDs.