In past years, he’s been a huge help to fantasy football owners but as of late, San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore has been nothing but a thorn in the side. Looking ahead to your team’s final regular season fantasy game, it may frankly be time to bench Gore.
The start of the season for Gore went fairly well for his fantasy owners as he only posted one sub-10 point performance. Since the bye week in Week 10, Gore has only gained 10 fantasy points once, and hasn’t gone over 100 yards rushing while recording only one score. The amount of carries Gore has had since the bye week has also gone down drastically, as he has recorded a high of 16 carries and a low of 13.
The only reason you’ve been keeping him in your fantasy lineup is because of the prior greatness that has been attributed to his name.
In a week for fantasy football owners that can solidify your team’s playoff spot, starting the right personnel is of utmost importance. There’s no reason to start a player based on what he has done in his past seasons — you need to start a player that has been consistent as of late and has a good looking matchup.
That good looking matchup is far from the one Gore faces in Week 14. He stands against a Seattle Seahawks defense that has been stellar all year long against the run. They have only allowed opposing running backs to score four times this season. When I mentioned Gore only had one sub-10 point performance before the bye week, it came against the Seahawks. They were able to hold Gore to nine carries for 16 yards and one catch for 14 yards, which was his worst fantasy output in quite some time.
Opposing teams have noted that the key to stopping the 49ers is stopping the run. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick hasn’t done as well as he did last season, and the yards on the ground are more important to stop than the ones in the air. Also, Gore hasn’t had much success snagging passes out of the backfield as that’s not his style of play. He has only 15 catches on the season without a receiving touchdown.
There’s just too many negatives attached to Gore to warrant a start from him this week. Whether it be his poor play as of late, defenses keying on him or a horrible matchup, there’s really no reason you should start Gore in a week that defines your fantasy season.