Fantasy Info for San Fransisco 49ers Running back Frank Gore
In San Fransisco talk has been swirling for most of the off-season that the 49ers are looking to bring another runner in to share the running load with Frank Gore. Many seem to site that Frank has suffered injuries in the past two seasons and that with another runner he will stay fresh. This thinking is the talk of many teams this time of year as these rumors also floated around in Houston about Steve Slaton. Texan’s head coach Gary Kubiack tolled the press he wanted a bigger running back to help out in goal line and short yardage. But the draft came and went and the Texans drafted no one.
49ers Draft Glen Coffee in Third Round
The same can’t be said with the 49ers as in the third round they selected Alabama running back Glen Coffee. Coffee left school after his junior year after he compiled 1,383 rushing yards (second in school history in a single season only to Shaun Alexander) and 10 touchdowns in 14 games last season. Glen’s game is not as polished as Gore’s (a third round pick as well) as he is known for being more of a straight line runner and not for having many moves in the open field. For his size 6 foot, 209 pounds Glen makes for an adequate blocker.
Coffee will Clean up Frank Gore Scrapes
Just recently Frank meet with the media after OTA’s. Gore commented on the rumors of splitting time with another player. “I haven’t heard that we’re going to take some of the load off of me,” Gore said. “I know the coach has been telling me that I have to be in tip-top shape and I have to be ready to take the load, and that’s what I’m going to do.” Frank also went on to talk about Glen Coffee and how he doesn’t mind letting Glen get his touches here and there as long as he gets the main touches and stays in rhythm.
The Inconvenient Truth’s Fantasy Value in 2009
Lets face it the 49ers do not have offensive coordinator Mike Martz anymore. With Jimmy Raye (running back coach with the Jets) taking over the 49ers are a clear run first pass second team. In the Jets offense last year Thomas Jones had a pro bowl season with 15 touchdowns and 1,300 yards rushing. Leon Washington spelled him from time to time in games during the season. I see this situation between Gore and Coffee playing out the same. Look for Frank to post 1,400 yards and double digit touchdowns in Mike Singletary’s first full year as head coach.
Written By: Sean Douglas- fantasy-info.com
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