Four Downs: Bay Area RBs struggle 

November, 22, 2010

Think about what the prime Bay Area running backs have done for fantasy owners this season. Frank Gore of the San Francisco 49ers has been a rock, a consensus first-round pick living up to expectations. Oakland Raiders stud Darren McFadden has been one of the most pleasant surprises. Each entered Sunday among fantasy's top six running backs in season scoring. Now look at what this duo did for fantasy owners on Sunday, combining for 37 rushing yards and seven standard fantasy points.

Darren McFadden
Charles LeClaire/US PresswireDarren McFadden was held to a season-low 10 carries and 14 yards rushing against the stout Steelers defense.
With the trading deadline coming up this Wednesday for many in ESPN standard leagues, Gore and McFadden certainly didn't send their owners off with great impressions, but now is not the time for overreaction, either. Gore had a bad game, odd considering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were one of the worst run teams in the league against the run. The 49ers hadn't been shut out at home since 1977. McFadden's plight is more understandable, considering the far more accomplished Pittsburgh Steelers defense had to be bitter from being lit up by Tom Brady and pals for 39 points in Week 10. McFadden ran 10 times for 14 yards.