Frank Gore figures to stick around as the Colts' primary rusher this season, but signs point to him splitting the workload. Indianapolis added Robert Turbin and Jordan Todman this offseason, and both could take as many as 20 snaps per game away from him. Last season was strange for Gore owners -- despite him finishing as the 12th-best running back in non-PPR Fantasy leagues, Gore still disappointed with only five games with 10-plus Fantasy points. Concerns about workload (2,842 career carries) and age (33 years old) weigh heavily on Fantasy owners. At least the Colts' offensive line was improved this offseason, which should help. Gore is a back you'll shrug your shoulders at and draft with a pick in Round 7, preferably as a flex option or reserve.
The Colts plan to reduce Gore's workload in 2016, ESPN's Mike Wells reports. The 33-year-old logged 260 carries in 2015, but averaged an ineffective 3.7 yards per attempt. Previously, Gore hadn't dipped below 4.1 YPC throughout his entire career. A lighter load in 2016 could keep Gore fresh and more productive on a per-clip basis, so the narrative goes, but the real boon to Gore's prospects, and health, this upcoming season will be the Colts' newfound emphasis on their offensive line, while a decrease in Gore's touches may simply be an attempt to get more tailbacks involved in the offense so the team can take stock of their backfield talent if (when) Gore decides to hang up the cleats.
Gore said he is still upset about falling shy of 1,000 rushing yards last season, the Indianapolis Star reports. Gore finished his first year in Indianapolis with 967 rushing yards, extending the Colts' streak to eight consecutive seasons without a 1,000-yard rusher. Furthermore, the team has played 50 regular-season games since it last had a 100-yard rusher, as Gore didn't top the century mark despite playing all 16 games last season. Though now 33 years old, Gore could find that the yards come a bit easier in 2016, after the Colts used four of their eight draft picks (including a first-rounder) on offensive linemen. The team also brought in veterans Robert Turbin and Jordan Todman to provide depth at running back, but neither seems like a serious threat to Gore's workload. If Gore does reach 1,000 rushing yards, he'll be the oldest running back to do so since John Riggins had 1,239 in 1984 at the age of 35.
Gore will have surgery on a broken finger on his left hand next week, ESPN.com reports. Gore's finger injury contributed toward him losing three fumbles this season, when he finished with 967 rushing yards and seven total touchdowns. Now that Gore has time to have his ailment repaired, the veteran will begin his 11th offseason with finger surgery next week.
Gore rushed for 76 yards on 19 carries, but failed to corral any of his four targets in Sunday's 30-24 victory over the Titans. Gore came up 33 yards short of his ninth 1000-yard rushing campaign in the last 10 years, as the 32-year-old struggled to live up to lofty expectations during his first season with the Colts. His 3.7 yards per carry in 2015 marked a career low, with a long-term injury to starting quarterback Andrew Luck allowing defenses to focus on Gore for much of the season.
Gore rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in Sunday's win over Miami and tacked on another 10 yards receiving off of two catches. Gore entered Sunday having not scored a rushing touchdown in five consecutive games, but reversed fortunes quickly on Sunday - scoring on the Colts' second possession and finding the end zone again shortly before halftime. Gore became increasingly involved in the offense once Matt Hasselbeck left with a shoulder injury, 11 of his 17 touches coming after Hasselbeck left late in the second quarter. With the Colts in must-win mode and in position to trot out either a dinged up Hasselbeck or Andrew Luck or mediocre Charlie Whitehurst in Week 17, expect Gore to be leaned on heavily.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||San Diego Chargers||30||21.50|
|8||10/30||Kansas City Chiefs||4||13.44|
|9||11/06||@Green Bay Packers||11||15.33|
|13||12/06||@New York Jets||3||13.13|
|3 Year Avg||264||1067||6||20||173||1||165|