Strength of schedule is calculated from the opponents projected fantasy points allowed for the RB position. The best rating is +16 which gives the player the advantage against the defense and indicates an easy opponent, the worst rating is -16 which gives the defense the advantage and indicates a tough opponent.
Since Week 12, the Tennessee Titans defense has been gashed for 120.5 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown per contest by enemy running backs, so this matchup is obviously favorable for the new lead dog in Jacksonville's committee backfield. Should you trust Gerhart? The 54 rushing yards that he racked up last week was a season high, and the fifth-year pro has scored just once (back in Week 4) all season. Consider him a risky low-ceiling fantasy RB3 play for Thursday night.
After spending his first four seasons as the primary backup to Adrian Peterson Gerhart will finally have his chance to shine. Unfortunately, it will be as the primary running back on a team that finished 31st in rushing last season. Despite being 27 years old and entering his fifth season, Gerhart will have plenty of tread left on his tires after averaging only 281 snaps per season thus far in his career. Gerhart is a punishing runner that can push the pile, while also possessing just enough slipperiness to hit creases at the point of attack that belies a man his size. He should also be a three-down player, as his pass blocking is above average and he catches the ball well out of the backfield. Gerhart's a solid RB2 due mainly to the number of touches he should see this season. The Jaguars however, only managed to post seven rushing touchdowns last season and that is a concern.
Updated: February 20, 2010, 12:36 AM ET
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