For the past few fantasy football seasons, many experts have been predicting that Frank Gore’s legs are finally going to fall off and the San Francisco 49ers will have to find someone else to run the football.
Well, Gore’s legs still look pretty solid, but there are still concerns about him due to the workload and age. Previously, I said that if you draft Gore this fantasy season, then you need to take LaMichael James as his handcuff. This was due to the fact that James had such a great playoffs last season and that backup running back Kendall Hunter had a season-ending Achilles injury. Just like life and football, expect the unexpected.
At the start of this season, Gore’s primary backup is once again Hunter. If any of you saw the game against the Green Bay Packers, Hunter looked like he did not lose a step. His highlight of the day was a 23-yard run. In this run, he showed exactly why he is the 49ers’ top back behind Gore. Even before the injury, Hunter was a nice player to have on your fantasy team to play as a flex in some weeks and to play the weeks when Gore was injured.
This season, Hunter looks to take back his role as a change-of -ace running back for the 49ers. Also, if you are a Gore owner, I would seriously consider taking Hunter. It cannot hurt. Having Hunter would give you a solid handcuff to have on your bench. If Gore happens to go down with an injury, I believe that Hunter would be an excellent replacement in your fantasy football lineup.
Do yourself a favor: take Kendall Hunter if you have the space on your bench. He can pay off big for you, and it is always nice to have a backup plan going into those bye weeks.