Frank Gore is 34 years old and has 3,105 career carries, yet he just churned for eight total touchdowns and 1,302 yards from scrimmage in 2016. He didn't miss a game, had double-digits in Fantasy points 10 times, averaged 18.8 touches per game and finished as a Top 12 running back for the second year in a row. But all of those numbers are in danger of sliding given the Colts' offseason. Not only did the team keep Robert Turbin, who stole eight touchdowns of his own last season, but they drafted USF speedster Marlon Mack. The two of them, especially Mack, could limit the number of touches Gore gets from week to week. With a tough slate of run defenses ahead of him, teammates to challenge for playing time and all those carries behind him, Gore's just not worth targeting on Draft Day. Someone will settle on Gore in every league as a low-end No. 2 Fantasy running back. That should happen by Round 6 or 7. If it's you who takes him, that's okay -- just make sure you grab Mack by Round 9.
Gore rushed 14 times for 46 yards and a touchdown while failing to haul in either of his two targets in Sunday's 16-13 overtime loss to the Cardinals. Gore powered the ball into the end zone from five yards out on the opening drive, asserting his dominance in goal-line situations. The 34-year-old veteran ceded six carries to Marlon Mack and three to Robert Turbin, but clearly remains the top option on the ground despite his advanced age. Gore's lack of burst at this stage suggests he'll need to score touchdowns to provide value and this performance showed that he's capable of doing so even with star quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) inactive.
Gore carried 10 times for 42 yards and added another 10 yards while snaring his lone target during Sunday's 46-9 loss to the Rams. The Colts' offense was inhibited by poor quarterback play on the day, but Gore still managed to grind out a respectable yardage total relative to the allotment of touches he received. Rookie Marlon Mack received the exact same workload as Gore while Robert Turbin also logged a pair of carries, but the team simply could have been preserving the veteran after the score was out of hand. Gore remains the lead back in Indianapolis, but the team's struggles in the absence of Andrew Luck could have an adverse effect on his usage. A tough matchup with the Cardinals awaits in Week 2.
Gore had five carries for 23 yards, including a one-yard touchdown, in Saturday's preseason win over Pittsburgh. Gore showed a nice burst on runs of 10 and 11 yards on Indy's second series. It was also a nice confidence booster to see him get a goal-line carry. The Colts may try to reduce the 34-year-old's workload this year, but Gore is healthy and remains atop the depth chart heading into the 2017 season.
Gore rushed twice for four yards in Saturday's preseason Week 2 loss to the Cowboys. Gore played into the third drive before giving way to Robert Turbin. The veteran likely would have been removed earlier if the offense had been able to pick up a first down prior to his departure. Remarkably, the starting running back job is still Gore's to lose at age 34.
Gore (ankle) returned to practice Tuesday and participated in live tackling drills, the Indianapolis Star reports. Gore was limited during Monday's practice, but his return Tuesday to an intense practice suggests this isn't a worry for the regular season. He may not play much, if at all, in the preseason, however. The Colts may try to reduce the 34-year-old's workload this year, but Gore remains atop the depth chart heading into the 2017 season.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/08||San Francisco 49ers||18||17.00|
|3 Year Avg||259||1033||5||28||218||2||166|