Frank Gore: Fantasy Owners Must Avoid Temptation to Trade Banged-Up 49ers RB

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 24, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 18:  Running back Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers runs for 37 yards on a play against the Seattle Seahawks at the start of the fourth quarter on October 18, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  The 49ers won 13-6.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Fantasy owners are out of sorts after San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore suffered bruised ribs in Week 7 against the Seattle Seahawks.

Many of them don't know what to do with their star performer. 

Although trading Gore in exchange for a healthier playmaker may seem tempting, it must be avoided at all costs. The veteran rusher is far too valuable to be traded at this point in the season.

You don't want to end up like fantasy owner Zach Davidson:

Maybe if I keep checking my fantasy team frank gore will pop back into my lineup somehow

— Zach Davidson (@ZachAlan12) October 19, 2012

 

We can only hope Zach's method pays off for him before it's too late. 

As far as Gore's status goes, he will likely take the field for the Niners against division rival Arizona on Monday Night Football. And when he does, you will either be ecstatic you kept your faith in him, or sick to your stomach with regret. 

Gore practiced earlier this week according to The Sacramento Bee's Matt Borrows via Twitter:

Frank Gore says he did everything in practice today, thinks he'll be fine for Monday.

— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) October 22, 2012

 

Not only does it look like Gore is healthy enough to play, but he is coming off his most impressive performance this season in which he rushed for a season-high 131 yards on just 16 carries against Seattle.

Sure, last week's strong showing marked only Gore's third 100-plus-yard game of the season, but it also proved he's capable of a breakout performance on any week against any opponent. After all, the Seahawks boast a Top 10 rushing defense. If Gore can run on them, who can't he shine against?

The Arizona Cardinals will host Gore's Niners in Week 8, entering their divisional clash having dropped three straight games after a 4-0 start to the season.

On the defensive side of the ball, Arizona ranks a measly 20th stopping the run and is surrendering more than 120 yards per game on the ground less than halfway through the year. The Cardinals have allowed more than 400 yards and three touchdowns to opposing running backs since the start of Week 5.

All of these things bode well for Gore and his loyal fantasy owners.

The temptation to trade a Top 10 fantasy running back while he's vulnerable is normal, but acting on it would be foolish in Frank Gore's case.

 

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