Frank Gore needs a new running mate in San Fran

      November 29, 2012 @ 12:17:20 PDT

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As Kevin Kurz notes, the remaining backs in the Niners' stable haven't seen much work at all this year; Dixon has the most action with 12 carries for 48 yards. Jacobs, the former New York Giants bruiser, had his first carry of the year last week against New Orleans. Jewel Hampton was just activated off the Non-Football Injury list, so you can count him out.

San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James
James has the upside

LaMichael James, the former Oregon product, hasn't played at all, yet he is probably the most intriguing. Not only is his upside much higher than that of Jacobs or Dixon, James' style is much more similar to the man he may replace (Hunter).

Another thing in James' favor to be the second back behind Gore: The fact that Kaepernick and James ran similar offenses in college at Nevada and Oregon respectively. James is familiar with the zone-read offense that Harbaugh has employed with Kaepernick under center, and the two ran plays together effectively in the preseason.

However, it could prove difficult for James to make an impact after not being active at all this season. The bright side is that Jacobs - the man he'll most likely battle for touches behind Gore - has only one more touch on the season than James.

Based off the way Harbaugh has divulged his plans recently, don't expect to gain any clarification on roles behind Gore, though, meaning you're probably taking a shot in the dark by going after James. Either way, James is the better target in deeper leagues.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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