by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (11:38 am ET) 49ers running back Frank Gore has been a disappointing Fantasy option since San Francisco returned from its Week 9 bye. Gore was averaging 13.3 Fantasy points per week heading into the bye, and he's averaged just 7.2 Fantasy points since Week 10.
Fantasy owners are surely hoping the pre-bye Gore shows up Week 15 at Tampa Bay, especially with key playoff matchups on the docket. Though, the bad news for Gore is that running backs have not fared well against Tampa Bay this season.
Running backs average 13 Fantasy points per week against the Bucs, which is the sixth-lowest average. Running backs have totaled just five touchdowns (two rushing), while averaging 85.2 rushing yards and 39.5 receiving yards in 13 games.
If you made it this far in your Fantasy league, you definitely leaned on Gore to help get you here, so benching him Week 15 is a tough call. All he needs is a touchdown and it's a productive day. Also, he rushed for 110 yards last week against a good Seattle defense, so it's not hard to believe Gore could come through Week 15.
It's just Gore is shaping up to be more of a No. 2 Fantasy running back because of limited upside. Only six running backs have totaled at least 10 Fantasy points and none have had more than 17 against Tampa Bay. The only elite Fantasy running backs to reach the 10-point plateau against Tampa Bay have been LeSean McCoy (14 points in Week 6) and Marshawn Lynch (13 points Week 9).
Frank Gore cracks the century mark in win over Seattle
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) 49ers running back Frank Gore came up big in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over the Seahawks in Week 14.
Gore got off to a slow start and was limited to only 30 yards on eight carries in the first half but bounced back with a 51-yard run to set up a game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter. Gore eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground on that run. He finished the game with 17 carries for 110 yards (6.5 yards per carry) in a 19-17 victory. He was barely involved in the passing game and finished with only one target from Colin Kaepernick.
Gore cracked the 100-yard mark for the first time since Week 6 against Carolina. He will look to keep rolling in Week 15 against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay.
Frank Gore, Mario Manningham ready for Week 14
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) As expected, the 49ers have ruled both running back Frank Gore (ankle) and wide receiver Mario Manningham (knee) active for Sunday's pivotal home game against the Seahawks in Week 14.
Ankle not an issue for Frank Gore
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/6/13) 49ers running back Frank Gore (ankle) took it easy in practice Wednesday, but dialed up his activity in the days leading up to Week 14 against the Seahawks Sunday. Gore was a full participant in practice both Thursday and Friday, and is officially considered probable to play.
Frank Gore hoping to get back on track
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (12/5/13) 49ers running back Frank Gore will look to get back on track at home against a stingy Seattle defense in Week 14.
In a 29-3 loss in Seattle earlier this season, Gore was limited to season lows in carries (nine) and rushing yards (16). He has totaled 15 carries for 44 yards over his last two meetings against Seattle dating back to last season. To make matters worse, Gore has been held under 50 yards on the ground over his last three game and has only one touchdown over his last four.
Gore will have a difficult matchup against a Seattle defense that has not allowed a touchdown over the previous five games. Seattle has allowed only 107.2 yards per game on the ground this season. Opposing running backs have scored only 13.50 Fantasy points per game. Consider him a low-end starting option for Week 14.
Frank Gore remains the starting running back for the 49ers and their best Fantasy option in the backfield no matter how many times we expect him to falter. Gore, despite the 49ers adding LaMichael James and Brandon Jacobs last year, still dominated the ball with 258 carries for 1,214 yards and eight touchdowns and 28 catches for 234 yards and a touchdown. He had double digits in Fantasy points in 11 games, including five of the final six games to close the regular season. Gore is definitely headed for a decline at some point in the near future -- he'll be 30 this season and has more than 2,200 total touches -- but you have to go into the season with him as a solid No. 2 running back worth drafting as early as Round 3. Kendall Hunter and James will take touches from Gore, especially with the 49ers wanting to keep him fresh for the playoffs, but we've seen this before. Gore has at least 1,300 total yards and six touchdowns in six of the past seven years, and he should remain at that level of production again this season. (Updated 4/25/13)