The Top Five Fantasy Football Handcuffs

The top five fantasy football handcuffs

8/30/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

4. Toby Gerhart (MIN): Adrian Peterson is recovering from knee surgery at lightning speed, but he will still likely be eased in to the season having not played in any preseason games. While Peterson is limited to a snap count, Gerhart will be a viable flex option. There's even the possibility of Peterson suffering a setback and Gerhart taking over as the bell cow. Gerhart averaged 75 yards per game while Peterson was out with an ankle injury last season, and ran for 109 yards on 11 carries after Peterson left the Vikings' Week 15 matchup with his knee injury.
Jul 26, 2012; Bourbonnais, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush during the opening day of training camp on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE
5. Michael Bush (CHI): The Bears didn't pay Michael Bush $14 million this offseason to warm their benches. The Bears must have some sort of role planned for Bush, and it very well could expand as the season rolls on. Bush is one of the most talented backup runners in the league, as he averaged 106 yards per game for the Raiders in the five games after Darren McFadden got hurt last season. His production declined down the stretch due to his monstrous workload, but he can still be a beast in a more balanced role. Should starter Matt Forte go down with another knee injury, as he did last year, Bush is an immediate fantasy monster. Even with Forte healthy, Bush could very well carve out a role for himself by vulturing touchdowns and making the most of his early season carries.

Honorable Mention: Ben Tate (HOU): Texans' starter Arian Foster doesn't have a bad injury history, but I put Tate on here because of how incredible he'll be in the event that Foster does go down. Despite Foster playing 13 games last season, Tate still racked up 942 rushing yards. He averaged 100 yards per game in the first three weeks, two of which Foster missed. When Foster rested in Week 17, Tate put up 97 yards, a touchdown, and four catches. Tate even had two hundred-yard games with Foster as the starter. He's an immediate RB1 should Foster go down, and could even be a flex option with Foster healthy.
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