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Fantasy Football: 5 Reasons Why You Should Draft Frank Gore in 2014

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Fantasy Football: 5 Reasons Why You Should Draft Frank Gore in 2014

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I’ve been seeing a lot of Frank Gore hate lately, and I think that it’s mostly unjustified. Are there concerns about Gore’s production this coming season? Yes, but they’re being way overblown. While there’s risk in drafting Gore in 2014, here’s why I believe that the juice will be worth the squeeze.

5. Age/Durability

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5. Age/Durability

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I’m well aware that Gore is 31 years old. There’s an old adage about jumping off the old RB wagon a year early rather than a year late, but I don’t believe it. Every player is different, and Gore has shown no danger of collapse. While his production has slowed, he has played every game in the last three seasons, and the fewest games he’s played in a season is 11. Players about to fall apart usually show symptoms before they do.

4. Proven Ability

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4. Proven Ability

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Gore has averaged over 1,100 rushing yards and nine TDs over the past three seasons. Yes, it’s important for fantasy owners to always be looking for the next big thing. However, unless you’re in a dynasty league, there’s nothing wrong with drafting older players who have proven that they can produce steadily. I’m not saying not to draft youngsters like Eddie Lacy or Le’Veon Bell this coming season. All I’m saying is, remember Trent Richardson?

3. Team Situation

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3. Team Situation

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The 49ers have two important traits that help Gore even as he gets older. First, the 49ers have a run-first offense, ranking third in the league last year in rushing attempts. There will be no shortage of carries. Second, they have one of the best offensive lines in the league. A good line that can run block can help even the poorest RBs gain ground. A talented back like Gore can still be productive with their help.

2. Usage

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2. Usage

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Frank Gore is “the guy” in San Francisco. He will share carries this year with other RBs, but make no mistake; he is the lead back. There are questions about Marcus Lattimore’s recovery, and Carlos Hyde hasn’t played a snap yet in the NFL. They might be the future, but this is still Gore’s job to lose. Until he does, he will continue to carry the football for Jim Harbaugh. Monitor how things look in August, but Gore’s role hasn’t yet changed.

1. Value

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1. Value

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The more I read about why everyone should be avoiding Gore in 2014, the more I want him. I’m hoping that all of Gore’s detractors will continue to drive his ADP down until draft time. Gore’s current ADP is hovering somewhere in the fourth or fifth round, and I think that he has a good chance of finishing 2014 as a solid RB2. If he keeps dropping on draft boards, I will continue to buy, buy, buy.