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Colts Beat: Andrew Luck's arm should mean success for Frank Gore

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 8:14am

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It turns out that 69 percent of Frank Gore's rushing attempts last year with the 49ers were made against a defense that had seven or fewer players in the box. Gore rushed for 833 yards and three touchdowns on 179 attempts when there were seven men in the box.

When it came to facing at least eight men in the box, Gore rushed 76 times for 273 yards and a touchdown last season. Gore's 833 yards against seven or fewer defenders in the box would have been enough to lead the Colts in total rushing in each of the past seven seasons.

As far as the Colts go, Trent Richardson was their leading rusher when facing seven or fewer defenders in the box. He had 134 attempts for 445 yards and a touchdown last season.

The Colts didn't have much success rushing the ball when teams loaded the box against them. Richardson, Ahmad Bradshaw, Andrew Luck, Zurlon Tipton and Daniel “Boom” Herron combined to rush for 153 yards on 59 attempts, which is more than 100 yards less than what Gore rushed for.

The numbers don't lie.

Fantasy Impact:

The writer concludes that Gore should have plenty of success running the ball this season if the offensive line does its job, because the Colts have too many weapons on offense for defenses to load the box to try to slow Gore down. The hope for the Colts is Gore finally gives them a consistent rushing attack to go with Luck and give the team a bit of balance. Gore is listed 12th on our RB list making him a low-end RB1. Based on ADP, he falls right in that "next tier" of RBs - as the first 11 RBs on our list have ADPs in the first or early second rounds, while Gore's ADP is the early third round. He presents a nice value if you can land him in the third.

2015 Strength of Schedule - IND
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
2
@BUF
7
NYJ
22
@TEN
17
JAX
12
@HOU
24
NE
28
NO
13
@CAR
25
DEN
BYE20
@ATL
16
TB
31
@PIT
17
@JAX
12
HOU
6
@MIA
22
TEN

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WkOppCompAttPaYdsPaTDIntYPAYPCRuAttYdsTDFumYPRSnaps%
1DEN3553370226.9810.57519103.8074/74100%
2PHI2034172315.068.60420005.0072/72100%
3JAX3139370409.4911.94315005.0068/7492%
4TEN2941393419.5913.551-100-1.0077/8789%
5BAL3249312126.379.75612102.0082/82100%
6HOU2544370318.4114.80718012.5787/87100%
7CIN2742344208.1912.7445011.2579/79100%
8PIT2645400328.8915.38326008.6766/66100%
9NYG2546354407.7014.1625002.5075/75100%
10BYE--------------
11NE2339303217.7713.17315005.0057/57100%
12JAX2132253107.9112.05849026.1274/74100%
13WAS19273705113.7019.47420015.0051/51100%
14CLE2453294225.5512.25537117.4081/81100%
15HOU1834187215.5010.39818002.2568/68100%
16DAL1522109024.957.270000-31/6250%
17TEN10161602010.0016.0015005.0030/6645%
Totals380616476140167.7312.5364263364.111072/115593%

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