Over the better part of the last decade, the Jacksonville Jaguars have not been the first team that comes to mind when talking about fantasy football. Generally teams with explosive offenses are at the top of the list, and the Jaguars have finished 32, 30, and 28th in scoring the last 3 seasons. Outside of Maurice Jones-Drew, there hasn’t really been a player worth taking in a fantasy draft.
Hopefully that tune will change starting in 2014 thanks to several players who could potentially breakout and become huge players on offense. One of the most popular candidates to have a big fantasy impact is free agent signing Toby Gerhart. Stuck behind Adrian Peterson for the past few seasons, Gerhart should be primed for a big workload and good production. J.P. Scott over at NFL Spin Zone thinks he could have great all-around numbers in his first year with the Jaguars.
At 6’1, 230 pounds, Gerhart is built to tote the rock 20 times a game at a minimum. He’s never started, but he’s racked up a season’s worth of carries in his four-year career. The end result was 276 carries for 1305 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and five touchdowns. If he does get his 20 carries a game and averages a half yard less per touch, you are still looking at nearly a 1,350+ yard season. Furthermore, there isn’t a back on Jacksonville’s roster built to vulture goal line touches from him, so look for Gerhart to be the guy punching it in when the Jags get inside the five.
The Jaguars will have two rookie wide receivers playing significant time in 2014, and Chad Henne isn’t really a guy you want throwing the ball 40 times a game. Gerhart will get a substantial workload and he should be able to match if not better the kind of play the team got from Maurice Jones-Drew last season. Gerhart could potentially end up with the most carries in the NFL next year, and that makes him an extremely enticing fantasy option.
– Daniel Lago