San Francisco 49ers RB Brian Westbrook became the hottest name on the waiver wire this week the moment that starter Frank Gore was lost for the season. But if you miss out on Westbrook, Vikings RB Toby Gerhart is a pretty good option.
Gerhart took over Sunday for RB Adrian Peterson, and coach Leslie Frazier told reporters Monday that an MRI revealed an ankle sprain for A.D. Meaning that Gerhart could certainly get the start this week against the Bills, or, at the very least, figure prominently in the offense. Hey, if you have dealt with any play and ankle injuries this year (looking at you, Ryan Mathews), you know these are troublesome. And Gerhart says that he is ready for the Bills.
And, really, if you are looking for just a one-week replacement at running back, Gerhart would be the better choice here, given the matchup against the Bills. If you are sitting on the outside of the playoffs and you need one back who could put up monster numbers and you can grab just one running back, I like Gerhart better than Westbrook this week.