This offseason the San Francisco 49ers made a number of moves to shore up the depth at the running back position, which means that Fantasy Football owners in 2012 may look to other running backs to draft and will pass on Frank Gore. That will be a mistake even with the additions of Brandon Jacobs, LaMichael James and second year running back Kendall Hunter.
In 2011 Gore carried the ball 282 times for 1,211 yards, eight touchdowns, a 4.3 yards per carry average and a long of 55. The yardage totals were the most since his 2006 season when he ran for 1,695 yards, the eight touchdowns were the most since he had 10 in 2009. Only concern was the lack of use in the passing game as the 17 receptions were the worst since his rookie season in 2005.
The concern in drafting him is because he will lose carries to either Jacobs, James or Hunter. Yet, that reasoning is faulty as it allows for more rest during games and for him to stay strong throughout. His projection for 2012 are 255 carries for 1,131 yards, a 4.45 yards per carry average and seven touchdowns.
Yet, those numbers are on the conservative side even at the age of 29. With the upgrades at wide receiver opponents aren’t able to concentrate on the run meaning that there will be more holes to take advantage. That is why those numbers are conservative, he’ll have less carries somewhere around 225-240, 1,100 plus yards and 10 plus touchdowns, which if he has anything over 10 it will be a career high.
When the opportunity presents itself to draft Gore do not miss out on the opportunity.