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Once again, despite being a late first-round/early second-round draft pick, Frank Gore managed to disappoint his many fantasy owners in 2010. That’s not to say he didn’t have a decent season—because he did—but injuries have plagued this kid for four years straight now, with this last one ending up the worst of them.
Through the first 10 games of the season, Gore was averaging a hefty 15.5 fantasy points/game (basic scoring system), which would have had him ranked fourth in the league at season’s end.
However, as has become the norm with the 49ers running back, "Frank the Tank" went down to injury (fractured hip) in San Francisco’s 11th game and would be placed on season-ending IR soon thereafter. Before missing out on those five remaining games, what might have been just as bothersome to fantasy owners was Gore’s touchdown total up until then.
After finally breaking the double-digit plateau in 2009, Gore slipped back down to the lower side of the scale, chalking up just five TDs (three rushing, two receiving) before his season was cut short.
Granted, San Fran didn’t have much else on the offensive side of the ball to take the defensive pressure off of him, but still—just five TDs for a player of his caliber is an unacceptable number.
In fact, if it weren’t for a nice uptick in both his receptions and receiving yards, "Frank the Tank" might not have even been a starter for some fantasy teams.
A weak 2010 showing aside, there’s still a lot to be positive about with Frank Gore come 2011.
The Niners offensive line was completely revamped in 2010 and should be a ton better with a full year of playing and another offseason together under their belts.
The Niners also went out and grabbed one of the best up-and-coming coaches in the business to run the team in Jim Harbaugh.
What makes this move particularly sweet for Gore is that with Harbaugh comes the West Coast offense, which happens to be a perfect fit for Frank’s style of play. It wouldn’t be a shock for him to see 300-plus carries for the first time since 2006 (injuries notwithstanding), which coincidentally was his finest fantasy season to date.
So should fantasy owners be down on "The Tank?"
Absolutely, but get over it soon, because you might regret holding onto that grudge and passing him up in the draft next season.
2011 Pros & Cons
(+) Has fresh legs from the lack of wear and tear over the past few years (260, 240, 229 and 203 carries from 2007-2010).
(+) Gore is completely recovered from his fractured hip and should have no ill effects from it going forward.
(+) The 49ers went out and signed one of the most run-oriented coaches in the business, Jim Harbaugh.
(+) San Fran’s restocked offensive line looks like it could become one of the better ones in the league.
(+) With Harbaugh’s West Coast offense in place, Gore could end up with the most carries in his career and will have every opportunity to put up double-digit TDs again.
(+) Frank the Tank is one of the few remaining every-down RBs in the NFL.
(–) His total rushing attempts have decreased each year for the past five seasons.
(–) Gore may have more overall skills than both Brian Westbrook and Anthony Dixon, but both of them look good enough to spell him at any time.
(–) Has missed nine games in the past three seasons and at least one in five of his six years in the league.
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