One of the most exciting things about fantasy football is landing one of your favorite players in the draft. Now that can cause some to overpay and draft players too high like maybe a Defense in the first round (49ers fans). There is nothing wrong with reaching a bit for your favorite players as long as you keep it reasonable.
Frank Gore is a perfect example of somebody who you could safely reach a bit for this season in your fantasy football draft. I have been participating in mock drafts and looking over results for others and found him getting drafted behind players like Trent Richardson and Julio Jones, and just ahead of Darren Sproles.
Analysts and fantasy football players alike seem to see frank Fore as a low-end number two running back in the standard 10 team fantasy football format. Gore is underrated. If i could get him in the fourth round where he is projected to go I would do so without hesitation, and would be willing to draft him as high as the third round.
Throughout his career gore has been labeled as injury prone yet he has played in at least 14 games every season he has been in the NFL except once. The one being in 2010 when he fractured his right hip. Gored has been pestered with injuries throughout his career but has still made it on the field to start and finish games while producing at a high level.
Gore has rushed for over 1000 yards in 5 of his last 6 seasons and was on pace to do so before the injury in 2010. He has been the 49ers unquestioned work horse for 6 years and it doesn’t look as if that is going to change.
Brandon Jacobs is not a threat to take Gores spot and likely wont see much time at all with Kendall Hunter still in the Number 2 RB position on the depth chart. Hunter is the handcuff here if you draft Gore. If Frank was to go down Kendall would see a lot of carries and has shown he can produce at a high level given the opportunity. This is the type of insurance you need when drafting a RB high.
Don’t be afraid to reach a bit on Gore. He still has the potential to be a top ten running back and is being drafted around the 18 to 20 range. Gore can still produce at a high level.