Fantasy Match-Up: Gore vs. Addai

gregory caldarellaAnalyst IAugust 11, 2008

After the top few RBs are off the board in this year's fantasy football draft, the right pick becomes less and less clear. In my book I have LaDainian Tomlinson, Brian Westbrook, Adrian Peterson, and Steven Jackson as the top 4 backs. But here I sit at the number 6 pick and I struggle with which RB would be a better pick for my league (PPR League: 2 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 WR/RB, TE, DEF, K)

I have pretty much narrowed down my choices to be among Peyton Manning, Frank Gore, and Joseph Addai but I always like to have a stud RB on my team. I very rarely go the QB route early on and while I am strongly considering a change in tactics this year, I still have no clue who I would pick if I decided to go RB with my first pick.

I have always liked Gore as I had drafted him for his break out campaign two seasons ago. He was a fantasy monster that year and was definitely considered a can't miss top 3 RB talent.

He saw his numbers dip last year for various reasons. He was slowed by nagging injuries all year and it also didn't help that his team was awful and his offense even worse. He dropped off in every category but I still think it wasn't because he was slowing down.

I can easily see the Mike Martz effect playing a key role in Gore's resurgence. Gore is a great receiver out of the backfield and we all know how Martz loves to dump it off to his backs. With an improved defense and more offensive weapons, I can easily see Gore returning to top back status with a serious bounce back year.

But then there's Joseph Addai. Addai is proving to be a very consistent young runner for the Colts. He had 14 total TDs last year and received the most touches in the red zone in the league last year. 

He hasn't really broken out yet in terms of rushing yards as he hasn't reached 1100 yards in either of his two seasons. The Colts may also look to cut down on their young backs' touches as durability was an issue as he sputtered down the stretch.

Many people view Addai as the better back entering the year mainly due to the offenses they play in, but I see Gore as having way more potential while Addai might level out a bit.

Either way it's a tough choice in my mind and there will be many times that I mentally flip flop my pick. And as my draft day nears this Friday, I realize that I might just have to wing it and go with my gut instinct when it comes time for my pick.