During the 49ers five-game win streak, Gore has averaged 95.2 yards per game and has scored six touchdowns, including back-to-back multi-touchdown games in his last two. While the bye week was a much-needed respite for the 30-year old running back, he'll need that momentum from his last five games as he faces the Carolina Panthers, the No. 1 run defense in the NFL.
The Panthers have given up the fewest rushing yards in the league and are holding the opposition to an average of just 79.1 yards per game and have allowed just two rushing touchdowns all year. While Gore should be considered a must-start based on his recent performance, he might need a seat on your bench if you have a decent alternative with a softer match-up.
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