Toby Gerhart‘s full first name is Tobinbo, and I can’t tell if that’s a cruel Wikipedia prank or not. He also has siblings with similarly awful names, like Garth and Whitley.
But that’s not why we’re here. Gerhart, as you may remember, left the Jaguars’ Week 1 defeat at the hands of the Eagles after being tackled by Fletcher Cox. Gerhart suffered an ankle sprain on the play and didn’t return to the game. However, according to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, Gerhart said after practice on Thursday that his ankle is improving and he expects to be in the lineup on Sunday.
Prior to going down, the former Heisman candidate was largely ineffective, carrying the ball 18 times for just 42 yards, while catching a pair of passes for 15 more. This may be due in large part to the likelihood that the Jags’ OL is shoddy, but ineffective is ineffective. Jacksonville essentially abandoned the run following his departure, as Denard Robinson and Jordan Todman combined for just 6 carries.
This week, the Jags are facing the Redskins, who allowed Arian Foster to top 100 yards rushing in Week 1. But BREAKING: Toby Gerhart is not Arian Foster. The fact that Gerhart is Jacksonville’s starting RB is literally the only reason to be rostering him in fantasy at all. Until we see that he’s really capable of putting up reliable numbers, I’m not going to be high on his fantasy potential. He’ll just plod around out there.
Of course, running back isn’t exactly the deepest of fantasy positions, so Gerhart (assuming he plays) will probably be worth a look as a lower-end RB2 or Flex play. He’s the big, burly type that should come in handy once the Jaguars find themselves deep in scoring position.
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