Can You Trust Toby Gerhart?

Jul 16, 2014

Toby Gerhart Jags
.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart is going from one of the best backup running backs in the leagues to a starter. Does he have what it takes to be a fantasy football starter?
.
It is hard to fully trust a running back that has averaged just 69 carries per season, but he has delivered when given the chance. Now that he’s the lead back, expect him to be a player recommended by the BetOnIt.org on a near weekly basis.
.
Last year Gerhart had one game with double-digit carries. He responded with 89 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries (5.9 yards per carry). In three games in which he had at least seven carries Gerhart ran for 247 yards on just 30 carries. That’s a whopping 8.2 ypc.
.
In 2012 Gerhart never received double-digit carries. He never really got in a groove as Adrian Peterson was busy chasing the NFL rushing record.
.
In 2011 Gerhart had five games with double-digit carries. In those five games he ran for 401 yards on 83 carries (4.8 ypc and 80.2 yards per game).
.
In his rookie season (2010) Gerhart had three double-digit carry games. He combined for 207 yards on 50 carries (4.1 ypc). Clearly he gets better as he gets more carries. In nine games with double-digit carries Toby  has 697 yards on 148 carries (4.7 ypc, 77.4 ypg).
.
Gerhart has also averaged 19.3 receptions per season in his four-year NFL career. He served as the Vikings’ third-down back. With his hands, he will likely stay on the field on plenty of third downs. Serving as a three-down back will help his cause.
.
Gerhart has just five rushing touchdowns in his career, but that has more to do with Peterson than anything else. Toby is 6’0″ and 231 pounds. He should have no problem bulling his way into the end zone.
.
Gerhart should have little problem getting the lion’s share of the work for the Jags. Jordan Todman is his backup and will serve more as a change-of-pace back than anything else. There isn’t much after that.
.
Feel free to draft Gerhart as your RB2. You can play it safe and get a quality RB3, but you should really do that no matter who your RB2 is.
.

. .

One Response so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Wednesday July 16, 2014 – Football Links | FantasyRundown.com
    July 16th, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    […] you trust Toby Gerhart in 2014? LestersLegends.com offers their […]

Leave a Comment


Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties