RB Frank Gore - Indianapolis Colts
|5-10, 220||Born: 5-14-1983||College: Miami (Fl)||Drafted: Round 3|
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 23): Gore suffered some combination of quadriceps/knee injury/injuries during the game on Sunday - he'll be evaluated further on Monday to determine the exact nature and severity of the injury.
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Ahmad Bradshaw is finally posing a problem for Gore's value, as Bradshaw snagged both running back touchdowns. While Gore is getting more involved as a receiver in the Hasselbeck pass offense, Bradshaw is turning this into a committee, and his track record of red zone success could keep him on the field there more than Gore going forward.
General News (Fri Nov 27): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.
General News (Fri Nov 27): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Nov 25): did not practice on Wednesday.
General News (Tue Nov 24): said he banged up his knee in the Week 11 game against the Atlanta Falcons, but he expects to be fine.
Week 12: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The Colts' two-headed monster of Frank Gore (14/34/0 rushing and 5/46/0 receivin) and Ahmad Bradshaw (9/32/0 rushing with 4/20/2 receiving) was effective vs. the Falcons last week - Gore (knee, quad) isn't practicing Wednesday November 25, though. Gore missed time during the last game after an early knee/quad issue and was spotted with a noticeable limp late in the game. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News later in the week to see if Gore is able to get in some practice time after Thanksgiving. If he can't we're likely to see more of Bradshaw - this is a fluid situation as of mid-week. The Buccaneers' rush D held the Eagles to 28/136/0 on the ground last week, after they held Darren McFadden and the Cowboys to 21/42/0 rushing two games back. To date Tampa is the 14th-ranked rush D in the land averaging 104.5 yards allowed per game, with five rushing scores given out to date. Over the last four weeks, Tampa is in the middle of the NFL (15th in the league) averaging 17.3 fantasy points allowed per game. This is a neutral matchup for the Colts' backs.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 11 vs ATL (14 / 34 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)
It was not a strong day for Gore in his first post-Andrew Luck test, running for his lowest yards per carry average of the season, and his lowest total rushing yards since Week 1. Atlanta stacked the box and played run-first all game, and with Matt Hasselbeck struggling to take advantage, Gore was left with nowhere to go. Gore also had his third fumble of the year, a costly turnover on the team's second drive. Fortunately for Gore, he was able to get some production in the passing, particularly with a 31-yard screen on the team's game-winning drive, the team's longest play of the day. Unfortunately, his receiving work was stolen by Ahmad Bradshaw, who scored twice on goal-line receptions. It didn't help that an early quad contusion limited Gore's snaps throughout the game. Gore will remain the main back, but Bradshaw puts a bit of a cap on his receiving production. Against Tampa Bay's stout run defense next week, expect another inefficient day for the veteran.
2015 Week 9 vs DEN (28 / 83 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
While it was not a particularly efficient day for Frank Gore, fantasy owners had to be pleased with his early touchdown, which helped give the Colts a big lead that they would ride to a victory. That big lead also meant the Colts could stay committed to the run under new offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, and Gore finished with a whopping 28 carries. Gore was stuffed in the backfield far too often, and Ahmad Bradshaw vulture a receiving touchdown in the second half, but 101 total yards and a touchdown is exactly the kind of day we'd hoped for Gore since the offseason. With Chudzinski looking to continue depending on the 32-year-old veteran, don't be surprised if Gore continues to get 20+ carries per game in the second half of the season.
2015 Week 8 vs CAR (22 / 70 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Against a stout Carolina defense, Frank Gore found it tough to get going, but the Colts gave him enough volume in the sloppy weather conditions for him to manage a 92-yards-from-scrimmage effort. Gore's vision and power continue to be the engine for the Colts' run game, although he really lacks the agility in the open field to be a big-play threat. Still, Gore is one of the lone bright spots on the Colts' offense this year, from an eye-test perspective. If the offense ever gets going at the rate we'd hoped, Gore could be a touchdown machine with a relatively high floor.
2015 Week 7 vs NO (9 / 43 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec)
The Colts veteran running back managed a passable fantasy day, thanks to more-than-usual work in the receiving game, but his performance was marred by the Colts' inability to sustain the run game, turning to almost completely passing after New Orleans quickly picked up a 20-0 lead. Gore continues to impress, averaging 4.6 yards per carry on the season, but his ceiling will remain low as long as the Colts offense continues to sputter. The Colts turn to spread offenses when things get tough, and Gore hasn't been particularly efficient in the passing game.
2015 Week 6 vs NE (13 / 78 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
The Colts new running back continued to look impressive on Sunday, averaging six yards per carry against a bad New England run defense. His vision and power continues to impress, even if his agility and open-field speed is lacking. But Gore carried the ball just 13 times, as the Colts fell down two scores in the second half after one of the worst fake punts in history. The Colts' defense isn't good enough to give Gore favorable game scripts very often, but more scoring opportunities will come.
2015 Week 5 vs HOU (22 / 98 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Frank Gore has been a stud all year, outside of his goalline fumbles, but it finally showed up in his rushing output on Thursday, as he rushed for the most yards of any Colts running back since Vick Ballard rushed for 105 yards back in 2012. Gore's patience and vision is the best Indianapolis has seen in years, and it shows on the field. The Colts' offensive line isn't mauling, but they can often get big enough creases for Gore to squeeze through, and the 32-year-old back made the most of them. Gore's advanced stats for the season are deflated because of his two goalline fumbles, but he's been great all season. Expect more of these kind of performances from Gore, even when Luck gets back. Head coach Chuck Pagano wants to run the ball to balance the offense, and with Luck keeping defenses honest, Gore will continue to see the field.
2015 Week 4 vs JAX (17 / 53 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)
Frank Gore found little room to run against the Jaguars, as the defense sat at the line of scrimmage all game, daring backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to throw deep. Still, Gore found creases that seemed invisible, his M.O. while in Indianapolis. His 22-yard run in overtime all but clinched Indianapolis' win. Gore did have a fumble on the goalline, his second in three weeks. Fantasy owners shouldn't worry, however, Gore has averaged about 3.5 fumbles per year throughout his career, and has been very high usage. Gore will continue to get looks in critical situations, and touchdowns will come, especially when Luck returns to pilot the offense.
2015 Week 3 vs TEN (14 / 86 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Frank Gore reminded everybody why he is the ageless one on Sunday, consistently showing excellent vision and burst through the line. Gore has clearly lost a step physically, but he runs downhill, sees all of the creases in a below-average offensive line and had multiple desperation lunges for first downs on Sunday. Fantasy owners who have been waiting for Gore to pay off were rewarded on Sunday, and there is no reason to expect it to change going forward. The Colts know they need a bit more balance to keep Luck on his feet, and Gore is an integral part of that.
2015 Week 2 vs NYJ (15 / 57 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Gore continues to look effective when he gets the ball, but the Colts' lackluster play has given them very unfavorable gamescripts thus far. Against the Jets, Gore showed off his vision and burst through the hole on numerous occasions, but penalties brought back just about every productive run. Gore also lost a sure touchdown on a non-contact fumble at the goalline, one of the more bizarre plays of a crazy Week 2. Gore's rushing stats should bounce back as the Colts' offense gets back on the horse, but the bigger concern is Gore's usage in the passing game. Gore has just three catches through two games, a big difference from last year's offense, when the starting running backs averaged more than five catches per game. If the Colts adjust their offense to included more dump-offs and screens, Gore could see an uptick here. If they do not, Gore's ceiling is going to be very limited.
2015 Week 1 vs BUF (8 / 31 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 0 / 0 rec)
Despite Gore's lack of production in Week 1, the alarm bells should be silent. This wasn't a case of Gore being ineffective, or of the Colts' failing to use him. It was simply an unfavorable game script caused by a poor defensive matchup. The Colts fell behind early, and Buffalo's incredible front seven was a terrible matchup for the Colts' below-average offensive line to run the ball on. Gore also cramped up in the second half, limiting his opportunities. As the Colts go forward, Gore still remains a key part of the offense in most circumstances.
Latest NewsColts | Frank Gore fading (Mon Nov 30, 12:58 PM) - Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore has averaged only 2.5 yards per carry on 83 rushes in the last month. link to story Colts | Frank Gore, Andre Johnson probable (Fri Nov 27, 03:01 PM) - Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore (ankle) and WR Andre Johnson (non-injury) are listed as probable for Week 12 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. link to story Colts | Frank Gore takes part in practice (Thu Nov 26, 04:27 PM) - Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 26. Our View: We like seeing Gore ready to go and think he should put up some borderline RB2/RB3 numbers.
link to story Colts | Frank Gore idle Wednesday (Wed Nov 25, 11:41 AM) - Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore (knee) is out of practice Wednesday, Nov. 25. Our View: The old man is just getting some rest here. We like him as a RB2 this week against the Bucs.
link to story Colts | Frank Gore expects to be fine (Sun Nov 22, 11:26 PM) - Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore (knee) said he banged up his knee in the Week 11 game against the Atlanta Falcons, but he expects to be fine. link to story More News
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