RB Countdown: No. 23 Frank Gore
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What can you expect from Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore in 2017? At RotoViz, our motto is Seeing is believing. Our team leverages various internal apps and external resources to bring that motto to fruition. This series will provide you a fantasy outlook on our top-40 RBs according to projected points in PPR formats. My intent is to provide you a line of sight on the pros, cons, and projections for these RBs. Did you know that no other active running back in the NFL has more touches than Gore at this moment in time? He is about to enter his 13th NFL season and currently has 3,379 touches. New York Jets RB Matt Forte has 2,770 and New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson has 2,676 career touches. Gore is currently the 49ers all-time leader in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. He is the 29th player to have 10,000 or more rushing yards. Do you know what Gore has in common with Hall of Fame RBs Jim Brown and Barry Sanders? They have all had nine consecutive seasons with 200 or more carries and maintained a yards per carry of four yards or more. Gore’s body of work with the 49ers and the Colts speaks for itself. Let us take a brief moment to use our screener to analyze his per game production since 2006. Gore is about to enter his third season with the Colts after he signed a three-year, $12 million contract on March 10, 2015, including $8.5 million in guarantees. He finished as the RB12 in PPR formats in 2016 and handled 64.3 percent of the team’s rushing attempts. Gore averaged 18.8 touches per game and produced 10 fantasy points or more in 10 games. Gore played 650 snaps last season and touched the football or was targeted on 48 percent of them. Can he replicate this type of production in 2017? Will Gore’s efficiency continue to trend down? Should we be worried about his durability? Will Colts RB Robert Turbin or Marlon Mack eat into his workload? Let’s find out.