Frank Gore, RB, Miami Dolphins

The game situation in a 38-7 loss to the Patriots on Sunday shouldn’t be dismissed, as the Dolphins only ran 45 plays, but Gore (11 carries for 41 yards, two catches for 16 yards and a touchdown) clearly outdid Kenyan Drake (three carries for three yards, one catch for 13 yards). Drake was also little-used in Week 3, with just five carries and two catches against the Raiders, so the preseason buzz about a workload split may be coming to fruition.

Two of Miami’s next three opponents (Cincinnati Bengals-Week 5, Detroit Lions-Week 7) came into Week 4 in the bottom-10 of the league against running backs this year (ESPN PPR scoring). So unless the Dolphins suddenly turn pass-heavy, with no more than 28 pass attempts in any game this year, there should be room for Gore to produce alongside (or even above) Drake.

Gore is not worth adding as an immediate plug-and-play RB2 in 12 and 14-team leagues. But he’s on an upward trend, and in deeper standard leagues he’s pushing toward being a worthy flex option during the run of bye weeks.

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