Fantasy Football Dark Horse: Toby Gerhart

By Dom DeCarlo
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If there is one thing that can derail your fantasy football team during the most important part of the season, it is injuries. Injuries can be bad if it happens to one of your depth players or the guy you play at your flex position. Injuries are really felt when they come to your first-round draft pick and your team’s top player.

In the Minnesota Vikings‘ Week 14 game against the Baltimore Ravens, something terrible happened to the Vikings and to many fantasy owners. During the game, Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson went down with a lower-half injury on his right side.

The severity of the injury is unknown. The one thing I do know about this injury is that it is going to have owners of him going crazy trying to find a replacement for Peterson (if it did not knock them out of the playoffs already).

Replacing Peterson at this point of the season is near impossible to do. However, one person that will get a significantly increased amount of carries because of this injury will be Toby Gerhart. Gerhart has started a few games in his career because he had to replace and injured Peterson. In his Week 14 matchup, Gerhart had 15 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown. This goes to show many owners that he can get the job done.

Please, do not think that Gerhart will put up Peterson-type numbers. He is a hard-pounding running back that will work a defense for the entire game. If he has to replace Peterson, Gerhart will look to get about 25 looks in the running and passing game. Those are numbers that any fantasy owner has to respect.

If you are going into a huge playoff game in Week 15 and you need a replacement for Peterson, feel comfortable about taking Toby Gerhart. The Vikings will be taking on the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles can be run on, and Gerhart may be a nice play against them — just don’t expect him to be Adrian Peterson.

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