RB Frank Gore - Indianapolis Colts
|5-10, 220||Born: 5-14-1983||College: Miami (Fl)||Drafted: Round 3|
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Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 17 vs TEN (19 / 76 / 0 rush, 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With a disappointing season behind him, Gore ran well against the Titans on Sunday, rushing for over 75 yards for the sixth time this season. Gore finished the year on a strong note, rushing for 161 yards on 4.7 yards per carry. After seven consecutive weeks with under four yards per carry, the strong finish was needed for Gore. Gore looked like his old self, running through tackles for big gains on three of the team's field goal drives. Now the decision for the Colts is whether or not to retain the veteran running back for 2016. Gore is turning 33 next year, and 2015 resulted in his lowest yards per carry average of his career and first year without 1,000 rushing yards since he missed five games in 2010. Gore was publicly frustrated with the season after Week 17, and Jim Irsay (or the 2016 GM) will need to figure out if the aging vet is still worth $5 million next year.
2015 Week 16 vs MIA (15 / 85 / 2 rush, 4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
The Colts' veteran running back saved his best game of the season for fantasy championships, racking up 95 total yards and two touchdowns against the Dolphins, his second multi-touchdown game of the year and third-most total yards. Gore was his old self, breaking tackles and employing excellent vision throughout the first half, racking up 72 yards and both rushing touchdowns on just six attempts. But, in typical Colts fashion, the run game sputtered in the second half, as Gore gained just 13 yards on nine attempts. This may have been connected to right guard Hugh Thornton's injury, which unfortunately resulted in Thornton's placement on the injured reserve list on Monday, meaning Gore's prospects will remain pessimistic moving forward.
2015 Week 15 vs HOU (16 / 44 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Frank Gore's struggles in a dying offense continued, as the Colts bell-cow running back ran for just 2.8 yards per carry, his seventh consecutive game averaging less than four yards per carry and his fourth game in five weeks with less than 50 rushing yards. Gore did have one helpful screen pass as well, going for 15 yards, but with the way defenses have played the Colts' bumbling offense, it's unlikely that Gore's outlook will improve anytime soon. Andrew Luck's potential return could make him a sneaky touchdown threat, but that's still a complete unknown.
2015 Week 14 vs JAX (16 / 60 / 0 rush, 5 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
There may not be a more sympathetic figure in Indianapolis than Frank Gore right now, who has been solid all season, but held back by the Colts' quarterback and offensive line issues. Gore's numbers weren't spectacular on Sunday, but he ran well against a stout Jacksonville front, especially considering Matt Hasselbeck's inability to provide any threat whatsoever through the air. Gore's workload remains high, however, and if Luck returns at any point, Gore's opportunities for touchdowns will dramatically rise.
2015 Week 13 vs PIT (13 / 45 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 49 / 1 rec)
While his average was below four yards per carry for the fifth straight game, it was the highest of those four games, and Gore was able to total 94 yards and his first receiving touchdown of the year. Thanks to a 34-yard screen that saw Gore rumble through multiple tackles, Gore actually was the Colts' leading receiver on the day. With Ahmad Bradshaw done for the season, it looks like Gore may see a slight uptick in his receiving share, as Boom Herron didn't see significant snaps until after the Colts conceded the game in the fourth quarter. Facing a stout Jacksonville front in Week 14, Gore's efficiency likely won't be rising anytime soon, but his consistent usage should continue. Gore has had at least 15 touches in nine of 11 games this season, and at least 80 all-purpose yards in seven, including a 17-carry, five-catch game for 87 total yards against the Jaguars in Week 4.
2015 Week 12 vs TB (19 / 24 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
It was a completely unproductive day for Gore, who had his most inefficient day since 2013. As defenses know the Colts will try to establish a run game with Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback, Gore will continue to see stacked boxes, and that doesn't bode well for his fantasy production. That being said, Hasselbeck took advantage of the defense doing just that, and if he can continue that, Gore might start to see a bit lighter front in front of him. If defenses continue to stay stacked, Gore isn't quick enough to stay productive. That being said, Ahmad Bradshaw being put on IR on Monday opens up a bit more workload for Gore going forward.
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.
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