As a Producer
Frank Gore’s foray into Indianapolis went almost exactly as expected. A 32-year-old back with 2,784 touches already on his tires, Gore wheezed to an inefficient line that blew no socks off, but generally fell in line with his RB16 ADP. (He finished as the overall RB13, with 12.39 PPR points per game.) By typical logic, we should only expect a further decline in Gore’s play and fantasy appeal. He’s now 33, fresh off his worst NFL season, and the Colts offensive line remains a question mark.
But let’s not bury Gore just yet. Fantasy sports are about far more than talent and athleticism; opportunity and volume tell the tale more than anything. That principle was on full display in 2015, when the final PPR RB1, RB3, RB10, RB11, RB12, RB13, RB17, RB18, RB21, RB22, RB23, and RB24 all averaged 4.2 yards per rush or less. That makes me a lot more comfortable projecting Gore as the RB17 - or maybe better - for 2016.