Fantasy Faceoff: Who's better, Forte or Gore?

Fantasy Faceoff: Who's better, Forte or Gore?
August 2, 2013, 5:00 pm
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NBC Sports is doing a breakdown on fantasy matchups between top tier players at each position.

Evan Silva has Matt Forte (ranked No. 13) and Frank Gore (No. 14) going head to head in a fantasy running back matchup. These ranks seems to be a bit low considering both running backs produced 1,000 all-purpose-yard seasons in 2012.

Forte averaged 4.4 yards per carry, while Gore averaged 4.7 with the slight edge in touchdowns: eight to Forte's five.

Forte is thought to see more action this year with offensive-minded head coach Marc Trestman now in the fold. While the Bears have a serviceable backup running back in Michael Bush, Forte is still the workhorse in Chicago, make no mistake about it.

Jim Harbaugh is known for a run-first mentality when it comes to the 49ers offense, a mentality that produced nearly 2,500 yards last year, 1,200 of which came from Gore.

If you find yourself in a PPR league, Forte seems to be the safer bet with the amount of touches he has seen in the passing game with his time in Chicago. Forte has at least 50 catches in four of his first five seasons in the NFL.

When it comes to a stronger rushing attack, Frank Gore has reached 1,000 yards rushing in every season except one since 2006, and despite having three years on Forte, shows no sign of slowing down in 2013.

With fantasy drafts right around the corner, who's your pick?