NFL Week 13 Running Back Sleeper Report

Gerhart could have strong day against useless Bears defense

Toby Gerhart could have strong day against a useless Bears defense

Going into Sunday, there will be less options to start at the running back position if you missed out on someone playing during Thursday’s slate. While Green Bay did next to nothing on offense, Joique Bell provided a nice second fiddle to Reggie Bush for the Lions, running for more than 90 yards and scoring a touchdown.

In the Dallas-Oakland matchup, Rashad Jennings didn’t run for many yards but had two touchdowns to come up with a good fantasy game. And even though Demarco Murray broke out with three TD’s, Lance Dunbar posted a solid 82 yards as well.

In a not-so-shocking revelation from the Steelers-Ravens tilt, Ray Rice continues to kill his owners’ dreams, unable to bring his season average above 3 yards per carry after a 32 yard performance.

Those games are done like your Thanksgiving turkey was, but here are some potential Joique Bell and Lance Dunbar look-alikes for Sunday.

Chris Ogbonnaya (CLE)

Proceed with caution. Ogbonnaya has had fumbling issues that past two games, but in between those mishaps, he has shown promise; especially for a team that has to put the ball back in Brandon Weeden’s hands and can’t rely on Willis McGahee to do much of anything. In his limited role, Ogbonnaya has averaged 6.3 yards per carry and has also caught 36 passes. If he can hold onto the ball, he should produce.

Plus, the Browns are playing the Jaguars this week. It’s easy to beat this drum into submission, but Jacksonville’s run defense is still pathetic. They rank 29th in yards per game and have given up 15 scores on the ground, tied for league-worst.

Toby Gerhart (MIN)

First of all, the Vikings are playing the Chicago Bears this week. By any statistical category, the Bears run defense is putrid: 32nd in yards per game (145.2), 30th in yards per attempt (4.9) and just behind the Jags and others for most TD’s conceded (14). They are much more respectable against the pass, but luckily for Minnesota that won’t be a problem.

Adrian Peterson is still the best running back in football and he’ll likely get a ton of carries on Sunday. However, he does have some level of a groin injury and Gerhart has been solid in limited relief. He only has 19 carries on the season, but 8 of those carries have gone for 10 yards or more. The Vikings season isn’t going anywhere; perhaps Gerhart is the beneficiary of this realization.


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