By: Blaine Clancy
The No. 3 pick in every fantasy football draft this year will be an exciting one. So many good backs will be available at No. 3, but who should the owner take? With Larry Johnson’s holdout, the choice seemed pretty easy: Frank Gore of the 49ers.
Well, the choice seemed easy until last night. Gore broke a bone in his right hand, also known as his ball-carrying hand, which is the same hand that led the league in fumbles lost last season (five). The injury, which Gore sustained during a non-contact drill during training camp, should sideline him for about a month, which will cause him to miss the majority of the preseason.
While I would not jump off the Frank Gore bandwagon just yet, this injury does cause a little bit of concern. Gore has a long history of injury. He tore ligaments in both knees during his college days at Miami. In his first year with the 49ers, Gore went under the knife to repair a torn labrum in each of his shoulders.
Fantasy owners are advised to closely monitor his progress. If reports surface that he is on track to return in the upcoming weeks, do not hesitate to pull the trigger on selecting him No. 3 overall. However, if four weeks turns into six weeks, this injury could continue to plague him throughout the season and fantasy owners might want to look elsewhere when drafting.