7) Toby Gerhart, running back, Minnesota Vikings
Team: Jack Douglas | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: RB Adrian Peterson is still trying to fully recover from a knee injury and faces possible disciplinary action from a recent resisting arrest case that is winding its way through the court system. His return is uncertain both as to date and also as to what his condition will be. Gerhart is a very capable backup who will start in his absence. Thus, at least at the beginning of the season, Gerhart is probably going to start and should be a decent RB to have. I selected him to be my RB3 and to provide depth. If Gore is injured or gets off to a poor start, Gerhart will start for me. His numbers are difficult to predict since we don't know how much he will play nor for how long. I believe he will be at a minimum, a solid back up for me. I will watch him during the preseason, and depending on the situation on opening day, I may even start him as a flex play.
8) Michael Bush, running back, Chicago Bears
Team: Ryan Dodson | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Can he take hold of the reins in the role the team envisioned for Marion Barber III in goal line and short-yardage situations? We'll see. I'm taking Bush with the hope that he can thrive as a touchdown vulture. Lead back Matt Forte saw a lot of action last season in receiving and rushing situations. Now that he's under a long-term contract, maybe they'll scale him back a bit.
9) Ronnie Hillman, running back, Denver Broncos
Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: It has been a very long time since I drafted five running backs before I had a fourth receiver, but there isn't much left at the position with these wideout-hungry drafters. I'll take my chances with Hillman. I dig his explosive nature and versatility. He should see ample work in this offense. I really don't have statistical expectations in mind, but I can see him being used as my flex player on occasion.
10) Jacquizz Rodgers, running back, Atlanta Falcons
Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Since my Willis McGahee handcuff fell right before my pick, I'll take the other toter I was considering. Well, he's more so a catcher than a toter. The Falcons are knocking a bit off Michael Turner's workload in favor of the playmaker Rodgers, whom I expect to catch at least 40 passes in 2012. Touchdowns will probably be hard to come by, but a Turner injury or breakdown should open things up for J-Rod to dance into, at minimum, consistent PPR flex territory.
11) Daniel Thomas, running back, Miami Dolphins
Team: Jared Byrd | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: I was torn between selecting Thomas or San Francisco 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs here in the 11th round and chose Thomas because Miami's backfield situation is far less crowded. As a rookie, he gained 581 yards and appears to be in the lead for the No. 2 spot on the Dolphins' depth chart behind Reggie Bush. However, he'll have to improve on the 3.5 yards per carry he averaged last season or he'll find himself buried behind Steve Slaton and Lamar Miller, as well.
12) Mikel Leshoure, running back, Detroit Lions
Team: Brian Polking | Team Roster | League Scoring
Fantasy football analysis: Nothing like handcuffing an injury-plagued running back with a guy that missed his rookie year, but Leshoure was a second-round pick, and he will get his chance to prove himself this season. Kevin Smith will be in the mix, but Detroit opted not to re-sign him once before for a reason. Smith isn't a feature back, and Leshoure might be. At the very least, I see the 230-pound back getting his carries at the goal line.
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