Frank Gore: 49ers Star RB Set to Be Fantasy Stud in Second Half of NFL Season

Darin PikeContributor IOctober 30, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 29:  Running back Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers leaps over William Gay #22 of the Arizona Cardinals on a frist down run during the first quarter of an NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 29, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
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Frank Gore finished the first half on his 2012 NFL season in a rather auspicious manner, churning yards and busting tackles to set up the San Francisco 49ers' offense.

A rarity of Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter in the same backfield. Gore gains 17, and 49ers are in business at the AZ 25.

— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) October 30, 2012

The problem for many fantasy owners is he sat the fourth quarter of his Monday night game against the Arizona Cardinals and was underutilized earlier in the contest to protect his bruised ribs.

Rushing yards were harder to come by in the second half, particularly after San Francisco took a 24-0 lead. There was little reason to risk him aggravating his ribs in a game that was decided.

What was a good move for Gore and the team didn't sit well with a lot of fantasy owners that were relying on the running back to carry them to a win.

Want to see ppl taking fantasy football too seriously? Search 'Frank Gore' tweets. Really ppl? No need for personal attacks.

— Al Butler (@ALaboutSports) October 30, 2012

Want proof? Here is one of the more kind comments.

Thanks Frank Gore. Thanks for nothing.

— TheBreenAgency (@TheBreenAgency) October 30, 2012

I can relate to the frustration. I entered the night with a small lead and Frank Gore in my lineup, while my opponent had Patrick Willis. I lost by less than a half-point.

But in the grand scheme of things it was the right decision for the team and fantasy owners that lost close games.

If Gore were to exacerbate his injury in garbage time he could be lost for several games. His hard-nosed running style has led to a history of injury issues, playing in all 16 games just twice in seven seasons.

Gore will get an extra week off as the 49ers have their bye week and leaving the game early ensures he'll be ready to go in Week 10.

The second half of his season will pose mostly great matchups for the 49ers' ground game.

They face a tough Chicago Bears defense in Week 12, but have the St. Louis Rams twice, the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins in their next five games.

Their last three games have road trips to play the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks before finishing with the Arizona Cardinals at home.

The 49ers can run on any defense so long as they don't end up in an early hole. Only one of those teams have the offensive firepower to take a quick lead.

This will make Gore a must-start on almost any roster over the final eight weeks.


Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.