There are few running backs in the NFL these days that run harder than Frank Gore and Marshawn Lynch. Both players have a knack for shedding tackles and finding the endzone, and were essential to their teams’ success in 2012. During the offseason, both the 49ers and Seahawks continued to stockpile talent around Gore and Lynch. So what does this all mean for their fantasy value, and which player should be drafted higher in 2013 drafts?
Frank Gore, Running Back, San Francisco 49ers:
Gore has been an extremely solid fantasy back over the past few years. It seems that every week I played against him, he was putting up huge fantasy numbers. Posting 1,200- plus rushing yards and eight touchdowns in each of the past two seasons, Gore has solidified himself as a top-10 fantasy back and gives fantasy owners piece of mind in knowing they are getting someone who will produce each week. Another thing he has going for him, is that he gets to run behind one of the best lines in the NFL. Gore should continue to be a nice fantasy option in all leagues.
2013 Prediction: 250 rushing attempts, 1,150 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns
Marshawn Lynch, Running Back, Seattle Seahawks:
Lynch finished the 2012 season as the fourth-ranked running back in fantasy football, finishing less than 20 points behind Doug Martin and Arian Foster. At the age of 27, Lynch should continue his dominance on the ground. The only question is how will the addition of receiver Percy Harvin affect Lynch’s numbers. With Harvin in the mix, I find it hard to believe Lynch will have another season of 300- plus carries. The loss of touches, however, should not keep Lynch from being drafted early, as his numbers should still make him a top fantasy running back.
Prediction: 290 rushing attempts, 1,350 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns
Both Gore and Lynch should be great fantasy players in 2013. They will go early in drafts as they both have deserved. Choosing between Gore and Lynch could be splitting hairs in 2013, but in my opinion, the slight edge should be given to Lynch.