RB Frank Gore - Buffalo Bills

5-10, 220Born: 5-14-1983College: Miami (Fl)Drafted: Round 3, pick 2005

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General News (Thu Dec 12): did not practice on Thursday (due to illness).

Week 15: at Pittsburgh Steelers

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Promising rookie runner Devin Singletary returned fully from injury in Week 8, and he's been Buffalo's bell cow ever since. Over those 7 games he's seen 69% of Bills snaps in the backfield and taken on 60% of running back attempts. And he's been plenty efficient in the process, averaging 5.0 yards per carry over that span and 5.6 on the season. The Bills run the ball with solid volume, and while their run/pass ratio is skewed a bit by quarterback Josh Allen's scrambling, there's more than enough opportunity here to support a fantasy RB2. Singletary has cleared 60 yards in 4 straight games, and he's topped 85 three times as the lead dog. Frank Gore (just 13 carries over the past 2 weeks) is little more than a strict backup at this point; Singletary's main competition for fantasy value is the fearless, instinctive Allen, who takes on seven carries a game himself and most of the short-yardage work. Singletary has only taken two goal-line rushes all year, which does keep his ceiling fairly modest. But his floor at least looks secure, even in a tough matchup against the Steelers, who can be beaten by quick-cutting runners. The Steelers continue to clamp down - for the most part - on opposing run games. Only 4 teams have given up fewer yards per attempt, and none have allowed fewer touchdowns. There have been a few minor hiccups along the way, as the Steelers have long struggled with quick-footed backs capable of exploding through a hole. That's been exploited in recent matchups by Marlon Mack (21 carries for 89 yards), Todd Gurley (12 for 73), Joe Mixon (18 for 79), and Kareem Hunt (7 for 46). Still, on the whole, this isn't an attractive fantasy matchup to test. There are issues at linebacker, where Mark Barron remains a huge liability and rookie Devin Bush is taking baby steps forward. But the Pittsburgh line controls the point of attack so consistently that they're given plenty of leeway in pursuit, and there are supporting playmakers all over this unit.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 at MIA 19 11 27 0 2 1.0 18 0 0 4.5
12 vs DEN 23 15 65 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 6.5
13 at DAL 15 9 11 0 1 1.0 14 0 0 2.5
14 vs BAL 14 4 6 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.6
15 at PIT PROJ-Dodds * 7 * * 0.6 * * * *
15 at PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 7 * * 0.4 * * * *
15 at PIT PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * 0.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Frank Gore's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 13 vs DAL (9 / 11 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore continued to play as a backup to Devin Singletary on Thanksgiving against Dallas. Gore had two drives late in the game when Buffalo was attempted to run out the clock, but he failed to get a first down on both drives despite three straight carries on each drive. Gore contributed one reception in the flat that he turned upfield for a first down, but was otherwise not involved in the passing game. He will project as a backup next week at home against a tough Baltimore defense.

2019 Week 12 vs DEN (15 / 65 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore passed Barry Sanders to become third all-time in career rushing yards. Gore operated as the clear backup to Devin Singletary and spelled Singletary as the lead back on a drive in the first half in two in the second half, including a clock-killing drive in the fourth quarter. Gore ran hard and was able to break a long gain of 27 yards on the left edge. Gore's 15 carries were primarily a result of positive game script as Buffalo lead throughout the game and ran 47 times as a team. He will continue to operate as a backup on Thanksgiving Day at Dallas.

2019 Week 11 vs MIA (11 / 27 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore continued to work in a secondary role behind Devin Singletary in the Buffalo offense against the Dolphins on Sunday. Gore's work was predominantly on interior carries and failed to establish any consistent success. Gore saw two series late in the game when the Bills were in clock-killing mode and saw five carries and a target, but both series were three and outs. Gore will get a good matchup against the Broncos as a home favorite next week.

2019 Week 10 vs CLE (5 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore again took a secondary role in the backfield behind rookie Devin Singletary on Sunday. Gore did get an opportunity at the goal line that was initially ruled a touchdown but reversed on replay to being down just short of the end zone. Josh Allen then had a quarterback sneak on the next play. Gore is functioning as a backup running back without a consistent goal-line role at this point in the season. He could get a positive game script next week at Miami.

2019 Week 9 vs WAS (11 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore entered the week consistently starting for the Buffalo offense but exited the game looking like a clear backup behind rookie Devin Singletary. Gore still saw work, including on the first drive of the game, but was the clear secondary option in the backfield behind Singletary. Gore had the opportunity to score at the goal line but was stopped on three straight carries from the one yard line before Josh Allen converted on fourth down. If week nine is an indication of the future, Gore is trending towards a backup role in the offense behind Singletary in the back half of the season.

2019 Week 8 vs PHI (9 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore started for the Buffalo Bills against the Philadelphia Eagles working ahead of rookie Devin Singletary early in the game before Singletary's role grew in the second half. Gore had success on the interior early in the game, but Singletary had a more pass centric game script as the game went along limited Gore to only nine carries. Gore should have plenty of positive game script next week against Washington at home.

2019 Week 7 vs MIA (11 / 55 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore started against his former team on Sunday, despite the return of Devin Singletary from injury. Gore has been the starter throughout the season, and the return of Singletary did not change his role in the offense. The Buffalo offense moved the ball early but bogged down on third down in the first half and left Gore no good scoring opportunities. Buffalo did move into the red zone late in the second half, but Josh Allen threw to Cole Beasley for a touchdown on their only short scoring opportunity. Gore's primary work came in traditional running sets and managed a long gain of 15 yards, and another 9-yard carry was called back. He executed a good screen reception for a first down and ran effectively during the game. Gore will get a tougher matchup next week at home against the Eagles.

2019 Week 5 vs TEN (14 / 60 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore started against the Titans with Devin Singletary missing his third consecutive game with an injury. Gore was a secondary part of the offense early in the game, as Buffalo threw frequently in the first half. He did have interior success on downhill runs for the second consecutive week. Despite missing two offensive linemen with injuries during the game, Gore had success in the fourth quarter including two first downs to keep the clock moving. Gore was a short check-down option for Josh Allen, in the passing game, but the targets designed for running backs were run when T.J. Yeldon was in the game. Gore will have an off week in week 6 and will likely be in a committee with a healthy Devin Singletary in week seven.

2019 Week 4 vs NE (17 / 109 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore was the starting running back for the Buffalo Bills against the New England Patriots. Gore was the lone running back to carry the ball with Devin Singletary missing his second consecutive game and T.J. Yeldon's work coming exclusively in the passing game. Gore had good success on the ground and he repeatedly got interior running lanes including big gains of 28 and 41 yards. Gore was less active in the second half, with T.J. Yeldon getting extensive work in the passing game. Gore got multiple cracks at a short touchdown but was stopped at the goal line by the New England defense. He will face a tough test against the Titans next week and Singletary's status is important to monitor as a gauge of Gore's volume.

2019 Week 3 vs CIN (14 / 76 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore drew the start against Cincinnati with Devin Singletary missing the game with a leg injury. Gore consistently shredded the interior of the Bengals defense with downhill running. He had a good catch in the flat, but T.J. Yeldon served as the primary passing game running back. Gore capped off a good game with a point-blank game-winning touchdown. Gore's workload will be dependent on game script and Singletary's injury status next week at home against the Patriots.

2019 Week 2 vs NYG (19 / 68 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore led the Buffalo Bills backfield against the New York Giants in week two. Gore drew the start and played ahead of rookie Devin Singletary throughout the game, out-touching Singletary 19 to 6. Gore was successful behind the Bills offensive line early in the game, but the offense became predictable, and Gore was contained in the second half. Gore did convert a red zone touchdown on his second attempt on the goal line. He is playing ahead of Singletary, but Singletary looks consistently more explosive and should see an increase in playing time in future games. Gore will face the Cincinnati Bengals and should be a home favorite in week three.

2019 Week 1 vs NYJ (11 / 20 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Frank Gore was the leading ball carrier for the Buffalo Bills in a win against the New York Jets. Gore got the first running back carries of the game, but on the fourth drive of the game as Buffalo began the game playing with tempo in a spread pass-heavy game plan. Gore got the first work of significance was on the fifth drive of the game, with back to back carries to start drive but failed to get much success in the running game. He played ahead of rookie Devin Singletary, but Singletary was the far more explosive player. Outside of a nine-yard carry, Gore was of limited impact and was stopped in his own end zone for a safety. Gore will face the Giants next week but is at risk of getting passed on the depth chart by Singletary.


Latest News

Bills | Thursday practice report for Buffalo (Thu Dec 12, 06:40 PM) - Buffalo Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander (non-injury), RB Frank Gore (illness), DE Jerry Hughes (non-injury) and OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 12. DT Corey Liuget (knee) and DT Jordan Phillips (knee) were limited during practice.

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Bills | Frank Gore held to six yards (Sun Dec 8, 06:26 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Frank Gore rushed for six yards on four carries against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14.

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Bills | Thursday's injury report for Buffalo (Thu Dec 5, 02:47 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Frank Gore (rest), LB Lorenzo Alexander (rest), OG Quinton Spain (illness) and RB T.J. Yeldon (illness) did not take part in practice Thursday, Dec. 5. OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle) was not given a practice designation.

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