Frank Gore Fantasy 2016[the_ad id=”63198″]If you’re anything like me, you’ve been immersing yourself in Fantasy Football this summer. While most folks are working on their tans and playing volleyball, I’m sitting here with a farmers tan debating draft philosophies. All of this preparation likely has you downloading podcasts, scouring the magazine racks, and if you’re really smart signing up for exclusive content from Gridiron Experts (Yes. I just went there). Although some of the rankings between different industry experts may not be identical, there are still some prevailing thoughts that are universally regurgitated. One of these thoughts among a majority of fantasy football enthusiasts is that Frank Gore is finished. They want you to believe that Frank the tank is coming up on ‘E’ and is sputtering out just short of Canton,Ohio.
Even the definition of a “Colt” contradicts Frank Gore: A colt is a young male horse, in particular, one less than four years old. The irony is that the average NFL running back only lasts four years in the league, but not Frank.
So what exactly happened to Frank Gore that he now finds himself in Fantasy Football exile?
Frank Gore’s Career Stats
To continue with comparing 2015 with his previous seasons it is also important to note that he ended up with 34 receptions last season. Not only was that more receptions than he had tallied in the last 5 seasons but his 34 receptions are more than the previous two seasons combined. Does this sound like a guy who is fading?
Frank Gore finished 9th in the league in rushing yards last season which ironically was right where he finished in the previous two seasons. He managed to pull this off in an offense that ranked 28th in the league. An offense that was riddled with injuries from the star quarterback along with other players along the offensive side of the ball. This year Andrew Luck is healthy and they invested half of their NFL draft selecting offensive lineman. Matt Hasselback will not be under center this season so you will not have as many men in the box to combat the rushing attack. Stephen Holder of the IndyStar has even gone out and said that there is no mistaking that Frank Gore is the number one back and will receive the bulk of the Colts carries.
In 2014, Gore finished 17th in standard and 21st in PPR.
In 2015, he finished 12th in standard and 14th in PPR.
The upward trend of his rankings does not coincide with Fantasy Pros consensus ADP chart for this upcoming season. Among players at his position, Gore is sitting with an ADP of 32nd in standard and 29 in PPR. Just marinate on that for a moment and think about why those ADPs are what they are. He still maintained 1,200 all-purpose yards, he added to his touchdown total, and his reception total.[the_ad id=”58837″]Make no mistake that 2015 was an off year for the Indianapolis Colts. Every single piece that you read on a Colts player will suggest that they should get a mulligan for being on a team that had an off year. Let’s not forget that before the start of last season the Colts were a Super Bowl pick and Frank Gore was a part of that. Considering all of the numbers and statistics, I have provided I don’t know what makes Gore so different from other players on this Colts roster. It could only be because of fear over the amount of birthday candles he has to blow out because from what I’m looking at I don’t see a tremendous amount of regression from his previous seasons.
Gore Fantasy 2016: My Personal Prediction
To close this out with a bold statement, not only do I think that Frank Gore will be a value at where he is being drafted (ADP 6.08) but I will go out and say that at the age of 33 he will be the first running back since John Riggins in 1984 to rush for 1,000 yards. Let those naysayers pass Gore by on the way to draft their team. He will have more year left of NFL relevancy in him and will be one of the biggest fantasy values in your draft(s).
- See where Gridiron Experts has Frank Gore listed in their Running Back Rankings for 2016
Mike is a hardcore fantasy football fan. He has been doing serious writing for a couple of years now and loves finding the next big sleeper that no one is talking about. He also isn’t afraid to go against the grain and predict the next big bust. The fantasy community is as strong as ever and Mike is ready to help you win a title!