So, Adrian Peterson has been ruled out for Week 13 and that means that Toby Gerhart will be getting the bulk of the carries once again. AP seems to have made quite a bit of progress coming back from the high ankle sprain and should be able to play in Week 14 against Detroit. That would be great news, as the playoffs begin for most fantasy football leagues. In the Atlanta game, Gerhart carried the ball 17 times for 44 yards and a touchdown. He could have had another touchdown but he was gang tackled in the backfield on a fourth and goal from the one yard-line. He should improve on those numbers this week unless Denver jumps out to a sizable lead. Will Toby Gerhart produce in the 20 point range for fantasy owners this week?
Mike Shanahan came out and named Roy Helu as his starter on Monday. The drawback is that Mike Shanahan named him the starter. The fact is, as any fantasy footballer knows, that Shanahan changes his running backs like most people change their underwear, everyday. It will be interesting to watch for those of us not fully invested in the Washington backfield, whether he sticks to his word or Ryan Torain ends up with 23-27 carries against the Jets. Is Roy Helu going to get the majority of the carries this Sunday?
Kevin Smith was a hot waiver pickup and rightfully so when he went off for 201 all purpose yards and 3 touchdowns in Week 11. Entering the Green Bay game last week, he had the hype machine behind him and was considered a must start. After starting out strong in the game, Smith suffered an ankle injury and didn't return to action. It wasn't looking good for and it seemed like he would have to sit out at least a game or two. The only plus was that he was able to have a few extra days of rest and rehab because of them playing on Thanksgiving. Well, it looks like he will play Sunday night against New Orleans. He was limited in practice on Friday but was saying he expects to play. He added that he didn't have any trouble making cuts on his ankle. If you are desperate at running back and have Smith, than start him. Otherwise, go with your healthy running backs, since there is still a risk that Smith will re-injure himself. What are your thoughts on Kevin Smith for Week 13?
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