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Fantasy Outlook: RB Frank Gore

Last season Frank Gore had his ups and downs, just like the rest of the 49ers. He did go over 1000 yards rushing, but only had six rushing TD’s, and will be counted on more in 2009 to have a bigger impact. Below is a look back and a look ahead at what Gore brings to the table for fantasy football owners in 2009:

2008 Season: Gore missed two games last season, and had three 100+ yard games on the ground. Those games came in weeks 3 vs Detroit (who didn’t run wild vs the Lions?), week 6 vs the Eagles, and week 11 vs the Rams. He also came close to the 100+ yard mark a few times, hitting 90 to 99 yards three times. What upset fantasy owners with Gore was the last six games of the year, as that’s when he missed two, and also had games of just 26 yards on the ground, 66 yards, 52 yards and 58 yards, and he didn’t score from week 11 on. He wrapped up the year with 1036 yards.

Looking Ahead to the 09 Season: Stability at QB is a key for Gore, as if the Niners can throw with some success, it should open up the running game. Mike Singletary seems to like Gore, and he’ll be the feature back in his offense. They need him to stay healthy, and also continue to have an impact coming out of the backfield, where he had 43 catches for 373 yards and two scores. A fast start for Gore and the offense will give them confidence, and a solid O-line should also help Gore do better this upcoming season.

Expected Numbers:
Gore will go over 1000 yards, as the outlook for him should have him at 1125 yards with 7 TD’s and another 35 catches for 300 yards and two TD’s in the air. Not bad for a second back on your roster.

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