Week 4- Gerhart won’t get too many carries in week 4, and he gets the tough Lions Run Defense. Keep him on your bench and on the wire unless you have Peterson.
Week 1- Toby Gerhart is going to handle the bulk of the load, whether or not AP is active for the game. We would expect AP to suit up and have a reduced role. AP will likely still get the goalline carries, so if AP plays Gerhart’s upside is limited. If Peterson doesn’t play, Gerhart will be moved up as he has played well in the past when Peterson has missed time. For now, he’s a low-end Flex option but if Peterson doesn’t suit up he is a high-end Flex.
Toby Gerhart is set to begin the 2012 season as the starting running back for the Minnesota Vikings. He is a hard nosed runner that is expected to pound the ball inside for tough yards, and should be used in goal line situations. While we won’t be looking for Gerhart to have 150+ yard games, he could go for a TD or two in the initial few weeks of the year with Adrian Peterson sidelined, and as such should be drafted as a #3 RB with the expectation of being your starting RB until Peterson returns. Once Adrian is back, Gerhart will adopt the backup role, and have little to no fantasy value, unless Peterson re-injures his leg. Don’t go any higher than the 9th round on Gerhart.