Week Seventeen Analysis:
The league-low 59.5 rushing yards per game allowed by Arizona is over 12 yards better than the next team on the list. Over the last four weeks, they've held LeSean McCoy, Zac Stacy, Chris Johnson and Marshawn Lynch each under 80 yards, so Frank Gore clearly has his work cut out for him. He's scored in two of his last four games, and averaged 98 rushing yards over his last three. Moreover, his 101 yards in the first meeting are a season-high against Arizona. Consider that his ceiling.
Week Sixteen Analysis:
Frank Gore posted back-to-back two-touchdown games midway through the season, but he's now scored just once in his six games since. Moreover, he's only averaged 73 combo yards during that span, so he's in desperate need of a soft matchup. And you could stuff a pillow with the Falcons. Over their last three games, Atlanta's 31st-ranked run defense has allowed four touchdowns and an average of 156 combo yards to opposing backfields. Still, while this may feel like a slam dunk, keep in mind that Gore has recently totaled 34 and 49 scoreless combo yards to the similarly tiered run defenses of Washington and St. Louis.
Week Fifteen Analysis:
The box score says Frank Gore ran for 110 yards against Seattle last week, but don't get too excited. A huge chunk of that came on a very late 51-yard run, in which he ran out of gas about 30 yards in to. Prior to that, he was well on his way to a fourth consecutive sub-60-yard effort, and he's now scored just once in his last five outings. Tampa Bay's eighth-ranked run defense has allowed a league-low two rushing scores this season, and they just held C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson to a combined 34 rushing yards. Gore has very little upside in this one.
Week Fourteen Analysis:
While Frank Gore broke his three-game scoreless streak last week, his newest three-game futility streak is even more concerning. In has last three games, he hasn't done any of the following things: top 15 carries, top 50 rushing yards, top 10 receiving yards, or top 3.7 yards per carry. Turning things around against Seattle certainly won't be an easy task. Gore ran nine times for 16 scoreless yards in the first meeting, and the Seahawks have now held opposing backs out of the end zone in five straight games. Moreover, no back has reached even 80 combo yards in their last three, so Gore feels like a long shot.
Week Thirteen Analysis:
Frank Gore has gone ice cold. He's carried just 13 times in each of his last two games, and he hasn't reached even 50 yards in either contest. He's also failed to score in three straight, but this week he gets a rematch with a St. Louis run defense that he gored for a season-high 153 yards and a score back in September. He's now scored in three straight matchups between these teams, and he has a good chance of making it four. The Rams' 25th-ranked run defense has given up 13 touchdowns to opposing backs in 11 games.
Week Twelve Analysis:
After giving up a pair of rushing scores in back-to-back games, Washington now ranks dead last with 14 touchdowns allowed to opposing backs. They've also given up a generous 147 combo yards per game to the position, so this is a strong matchup for a guy in need of a strong matchup. After a very productive first half, Frank Gore has averaged a mundane 17 touches for 80 scoreless combo yards the last two weeks. Both of those games resulted in close losses, and he'd averaged 22 touches in the 49ers' five-game winning streak that preceded the skid, so here's hoping Jim Harbaugh does the math.
Week Eleven Analysis:
Rob Ryan deserves a lot of credit for turning last season's worst fantasy run defense into a neutral matchup. With that said, the Saints are beginning to slip back down the ranks. Over the last four weeks, they've allowed five touchdowns to the position, and 116 rushing yards per game. Frank Gore has scored and/or topped 100 combo yards in 12 of his last 13 games, and he's notched multiple touchdowns in two of his last three. He hasn't dipped below 17 touches in six straight games, so he remains one of the safest weekly plays out there.
Week Ten Analysis:
Frank Gore has averaged 103 combo yards in his last six games, with a low-water mark of 77, and he's spending a lot of time in the end zone as well. He scored twice in each of his last two games prior to the bye, and is on pace for a career-high 14 touchdowns. He kicks off the second half of his schedule against a formidable Carolina run defense that's only allowed one back to rush for over 62 yards all season. The Panthers are also top-five against opposing backs in touchdowns, as they've allowed just three in eight games. You can't bench Gore at this point, but temper expectations.
Week Eight Analysis:
Seriously, somebody needs to tell Frank Gore that he's 30 years old. Get a cane, old man! The ageless wonder has now scored four times in his last four games, while averaging 110 combo yards during that span. Last week marked the 14th time in his last 16 games that Gore has scored and/or topped 100 combo yards. That's remarkable consistency, and his hot streak is in no jeopardy this week against Jacksonville's 32nd-ranked run defense. The Jags allow 160 combo yards and over a touchdown per game to the position, including 186 and a pair of scores to Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead just last week.
Week Seven Analysis:
Frank Gore is treating the 30-year-old running back stereotype like an undersized defensive back. He's scored and/or topped 100 combo yards in five of six games this season, and in 13 of his last 15 dating back to last year. He's also averaged a robust 21 carries over the last three weeks, which should be more than enough against Tennessee. The Titans' bottom-tier fantasy run defense just gave up 155 combo yards and a pair of scores to the similarly hard-charging Marshawn Lynch, and they surrendered 145 and a score to Jamaal Charles the week before. Gore is a very strong play.
Week Six Analysis:
Frank Gore has scored in two straight, and over the last three weeks, he's averaged 112 combo yards and 6.6 yards per carry. Dating back to last season, the 30-year-old has now scored and/or topped 100 combo yards in 12 of his last 14 games. That hot streak will be tested this week by the best fantasy run defense in the league. Arizona has yet to allow a score to the position, and they've surrendered just 57 yards per game on less than 3.0 yards per carry. Gore totaled 89 combo yards and a score when these teams met late last year, and he's running well enough to match that output.
Week Five Analysis:
Frank Gore's 153 rushing yards against the Rams marked his best rushing total in his last 55 games. He's now averaged 7.6 yards per carry the last two weeks, so even though he's become a 16-carry per game type of guy over the last two seasons, it seems that less is more with him. Houston only gives up 3.5 yards per carry, but they've allowed rushing scores in two straight, and last week Marshawn Lynch totaled 143 combo yards. Nothing ever comes easy against the Texans, but Gore's running red hot, so don't rock the boat with your lineup.
Week Four Analysis:
Frank Gore averaged 8.0 yards per touch against the Colts, but for some reason he only got 13 touches. He's carried just 20 times in the last two games, and the dwindling workload has been frustrating for fantasy owners and player alike. Gore was spotted giving Jim Harbaugh an earful late in the Colts game, and as we've seen with Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown the last two weeks, the squeaky wheel often gets the grease. Gore scored in both meetings with the Rams last year, and St. Louis is recovering from a DeMarco Murray beat down on a short week. They've given up 150 combo yards and a score per game to the position, so keep Gore active.
Week Three Analysis:
There's a theory about 30-year old running backs falling off cliffs, and Frank Gore appears to be hanging on by his fingernails. San Francisco's offensive line has been surprisingly shaky, and Gore has managed just 2.0 yards per carry on 30 attempts. The 60 rushing yards are his lowest back-to-back total since Weeks 12 and 13 of the 2009 season. San Francisco's power running game should get on track this week against the overmatched Colts. Indianapolis has held Oakland and Miami backs to 3.6 yards per carry, but those are two dreadful offensive lines, and they've also given up three rushing scores. Give Gore another chance this week.
Week Two Analysis:
It was tough sledding for Frank Gore last week, but he's now scored in five straight games dating back to last season, while averaging 23 touches during that span. This week the blue-collar veteran gets a stout Seattle defense in a matchup that yielded wide-ranging results a year ago. In the first meeting, Gore posted season highs of 131 rushing yards and 51 receiving yards. Conversely, in the late-season rematch, he totaled 28 yards on six touches. He didn't score in either contest, and he'll put his current five-game scoring streak on the line against Seattle's five-game streak of holding opposing rushers out of the end zone. Don't expect any fireworks from Gore.
Week One Analysis:
Boring but dependable—that's Frank Gore. He's rushed for 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns in each of the last two seasons, and not much figures to change behind the league's best offensive line. His best statistical game of last season came in San Francisco's Divisional Playoff win against these same Packers, when he totaled 167 combo yards and a score. In fact, in the four games from Week 17 through the Super Bowl, Gore scored five times and averaged 114 combo yards… just in case you were concerned about him turning 30 a few months ago. It's a neutral matchup, so Gore is a fine play as your second running back.
Despite carrying 24 fewer times last season than he did in 2011, Frank Gore posted virtually identical rushing numbers. He scored eight touchdowns for the second consecutive year, and actually bumped his yardage total from 1,211 to 1,214. He also chipped in a modest 234 receiving yards, which more than doubled his previous season's production. With Colin Kaepernick's read-option offense firing on all cylinders in the postseason, Gore finished very strong, scoring four times and averaging 122 combo yards in the three games. He'll look to carry that momentum into his Year 30 season. And with Michael Crabtree sidelined, Gore seems like a safe bet for another steadily productive campaign.