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RB Frank Gore - Indianapolis Colts

5-10, 220Born: 5-14-1983College: Miami (Fl)Drafted: Round 3

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Week 12: vs Tennessee Titans

All RB vs TEN

FBG says: Tough matchup. The Colts own one of the league's worst rushing offenses on paper this season, ranking 24th in rushing yards per game (95.9) and 29th in rushing yards per attempt (3.5). Colts running backs are actually averaging less than 3.5 yards per attempt combined, as quarterback Jacoby Brissett alone is averaging over four yards per carry with three rushing touchdowns on the year. The veteran Frank Gore has always been known as a grinder, and he has notably out-touched the hot rookie Marlon Mack in recent weeks despite a fairly similar amount of snaps. Mack has really struggled in recent weeks as he has only managed 63 rushing yards on 27 carries over his last three games. While Mack may be the future of this Colts backfield, it appears they will be riding Frank Gore for the present time with Mack sprinkled in for single-digit carries in each game. Either way, this is not a backfield to target often for fantasy purposes as they run behind an offensive line that has struggled to block all season. The Titans defense has been tough on the run all season, allowing just under 90 rushing yards per game and 3.6 yards per rush attempt. An opposing running back hasn't gained more than 50 yards against them in the last five games, including LeVeon Bell, as he was held to just 3.8 yards per attempt for 46 rushing yards last week. Jurrell Casey is the anchor of this rushing defense, and he continues to play at a high level. Both linebacker Wesley Woodyard and safety Kevin Byard have made great contributions in defending the run this season as well. With as poor as the Colts offensive line has played, this is not a matchup that they should win by any means.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at CIN 36 16 82 0 4 4 19 0 0 10.1
9 at HOU 40 17 51 0 4 3 26 0 0 7.7
10 vs PIT 34 17 54 0 1 1 7 0 0 6.1
12 vs TEN PROJ-Dodds * 14 * * 2 * * * *
12 vs TEN PROJ-Tremblay * 16 * * 2 * * * *
12 vs TEN PROJ-Bloom * 12 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs PIT (17 / 54 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore was featured early against the Steelers and produced. Gore was able to pick up chunks of 4 and 5 yards consistently early but clearly lacked explosiveness when he managed to gain only 9 yards despite the offensive line opening a massive hole for him. Gore followed a block from Jack Doyle and picked up 8 yards showing good vision. Gore followed two nice blocks from Haeg and picked up 9 yards. Gore picked up 7 yards on check down from Brissett. Gore did not receive many first second half carries as the Colts went away from him and struggled to sustain offense.

2017 Week 9 vs HOU (17 / 51 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore saw more touches and targets than Marlon Mack. Gore ran hard inside but did not appear to have as much pep in his step as the previous week. Gore caught a pass in the flat and raced for an 11 yard gain. Gore gained the edge almost uncontested and broke into the open field but only managed 16 yards. Frank Gore dropped what was a sure third down conversion and potential big gain in the flat. Gore was subbed out in favor of Marlon Mack who saw more carries in the red zone.

2017 Week 8 vs CIN (16 / 82 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore had his best game of the season against the Bengals. Gore looked energized and refused to go down on first contact by constantly keeping his legs moving. Gore picked up 8 yards catching a swing pass out of the backfield on his first target. Gore followed a block from Jack Doyle up the gut and got free for a 15 yard gain. Gore made Vontaze Burfict miss and picked up 12 yards on check down. Gore had more carries and catches than rookie Marlon Mack and was far more effective running between the tackles.

2017 Week 6 vs TEN (10 / 49 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore had a nice first half but saw few opportunities to keep the offense on schedule in the second half. Gore opened the game with a 9 yard burst up the gut. Gore lined up as wide receiver and made a catch running a comeback route gaining 11 yards. Gore picked up 10 more yards with a nice burst running behind Joe Haeg. Gore again exploited a crease created by Haeg and picked up 12 yards.

2017 Week 5 vs SF (14 / 48 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore did not have a strong outing against his former team. Gore picked up 12 yards on a check down from Brissett. Gore showed a nice burst and cut at the second level on a 16 yard run. Gore had the ball punched out of his hands on a short outside run but luckily the ball went out of bounds. Gore fumbled a wildcat snap a few plays later for a significant loss of yardage. Gore made a man miss in the open field on his way to a 26 yard gain on a well blocked screen pass.

2017 Week 4 vs SEA (12 / 46 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore was involved as receiver against the Seahawks but did not see enough carries to establish any sort of rhythm. Gore also lost goal line carries to Robert Turbin who scored from 1 yard out. Gore caught a screen pass and followed his blockers downfield for a 19 yard gain. Gore caught another screen pass gaining 4 more yards. Gore caught another screen pass a few plays later and picked up 11 yards. Gore made a nice cut through the hole and made a linebacker miss with a nice cut on his way to a 14 yard gain.

2017 Week 3 vs CLE (25 / 57 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore handled a full workload against the Browns but struggled to find room to run. Gore was hit in the backfield and at the line of scrimmage repeatedly on his attempt. Gore ran hard and broke tackles consistently. Gore ripped a 21 yard run following Jack Doyle through a big hole. Gore received back to back carries in the red zone and capped a drive with a 4 yard score. Gore was featured in the second half but could not find many yards.

2017 Week 2 vs ARI (14 / 46 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore is clearly still entrenched as the Colts starter and goal line back but Mack and Turbin will continue to see work. Gore accelerated past an unblocked defender running the read option and scored a 5 yard touchdown. Gore looked to be running angry after halftime, refusing to go down on first contact. Gore found a crease inside and burst for 13 yards.

2017 Week 1 vs LAR (10 / 42 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore saw more snaps and the same number of touches as Marlon Mack and played well. Gore picked up 42 yards on his 10 carries compared to 24 for Mack. The game script makes it hard to predict usage going forward because the Colts trailed by a large margin the majority of the game. Gore followed a nice block from Anthony Costanzo and picked up 16 yards running off tackle. Gore caught a screen pass and fought through tacklers for a gain of 10.


Latest News

Colts | Frank Gore runs for 54 yards (Sun Nov 12, 06:09 PM) - Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore rushed 17 times for 54 yards in Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and he added one reception for seven yards on his only target.

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Colts | Week 10 injury report for Colts (Fri Nov 10, 03:56 PM) - Indianapolis Colts WR Kamar Aiken (hamstring) and LB John Simon (neck) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 10, and have been ruled out for Week 10. WR T.Y. Hilton (groin) and CB Quincy Wilson (knee) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. RB Frank Gore (non-injury) and RB Matt Jones (ankle) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Colts | Frank Gore fully practices (Fri Nov 10, 03:49 PM) - Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 10, and is not on the injury report for Week 10.

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Colts | Rest day for Frank Gore (Thu Nov 9, 05:10 PM) - Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore (rest) had his off day from practice Thursday, Nov. 9.

Our View: Gore has actually played very well, but the Colts find themselves down so much, so early that his touches are limited. Therefore while we think he can contribute, he probably won't contribute on your fantasy team as more than a RB4.
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