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What to do with Frank Gore in Week 3 fantasy football

The Bills will be without running back Devin Singletary in Week 3. We break down what it means for Frank Gore and your fantasy football lineup.

Frank Gore of the Buffalo Bills in action against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on September 15, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

When it comes to Fantasy Football, “Frank Gore Chalk Week” might be the four most out of place words one could utter in 2019, but that’s exactly where we’re headed when it comes this Sunday’s slate. Bills’ RB Devin Singletary will officially miss this weekend’s clash with the Bengals, as the rookie recovers from a hamstring injury he suffered back in Week 2’s victory over the Giants. So, while T.J. Yeldon will almost certainly step into some sort of role in Singletary’s absence, that pretty much leaves the entire backfield workload for Gore to shoulder. I mean, its not like he wasn’t already pulling most of the weight, anyway.

While the veteran running back was held to a mere 28 percent of Buffalo’s offensive snaps in a Week 1 contest that they trailed from almost kickoff, last Sunday’s effort was a much more Gore-friendly script. The Bills got out to a quick lead and, by the end of the afternoon, Gore would play 59 percent of the team’s snaps, racking up 21 touches and a touchdown in the process. Really, the numbers could have been more eye-popping, but Gore had to sit for a drive while being evaluated for a concussion; a stretch where Singletary was able to score on a vultured goal line carry. Singletary might be averaging 1.77 PPR fantasy points per touch so far this season, but Gore is out-touching the 22-year-old 32-to-15. Volume matters. Sometimes even more than efficiency.

Fantasy Impact: Cincinnati has surrendered a whopping 154.0 yards per game to opposing running backs through a pair of weeks. It should probably go without saying that that’s the worst mark in all of football. Its also very much in line with the Bengals’ defensive identity in 2018, a campaign that saw the team allow the fourth-most rushing yards per contest to rival backfields. As strange as it might sound to hear, Gore should clearly be thought of as a back-end RB2 this weekend and as a live cash game option in DFS.

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