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In 2009, when he was mounting a campaign to be the first white running back in 35 years to win the Heisman Trophy, Toby Gerhart was sometimes referred to as “The Great White Hope”. [Jay’s Note: Dat’s raycess.] I thought that was Peyton Hillis, but I could be wrong. Gerhart was a consensus First-Team All-America selection, the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year, and one of 5 finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Despite winning the Doak Walker Award as the best running back in the nation and the Jim Brown Trophy given to the top running back in the country, Gerhart’s dream of breaking the Heisman barrier fell short as he finished in second place to Mark Ingram by 28 points, which was the slimmest of margins in 74 years. He was drafted in the second round of the 2010 the NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings and spent the next 4 years as Adrian Peterson‘s backup.

During this last offseason, Toby signed a 3-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and let me tell you something, it appears he has duped both the Jaguars and fantasy football owners worldwide. Great White Hope? More like Great White Dope. Gerhart has yet to score double digit fantasy points in his first five games. In 48 carries, he is averaging a pathetic 2.6 yards per carry for a whopping total of 123 yards. To put that into perspective, a running back has rushed for more than 123 yards in a single game 12 times already this season. The list of players that have accomplished this feat includes, but is not limited to, Jerick McKinnon, Bobby Rainey and Knile Davis.

Enter Storm Johnson. Who? Storm Johnson. Let me tell you what I know about Storm Johnson. And no, he’s not the offspring of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and a popular X-Men heroine. But I wonder if he is related to Big Johnson? Remember those t-shirts back in the late 80’s and early 90’s? I guess they’re still around, but I haven’t seen one in years. Drafted in the 7th round of the 2014 NFL draft out of the University of Central Florida, Storm Johnson finds himself playing alongside a familiar face in Blake Bortles, with whom he played for 3 years at UCF. In 2013, Storm rushed for 1,139 yards on 213 carries for an average of 5.3 yards per carry, and scored 14 touchdowns on the ground. He also caught 20 receptions for another 360 yards an 3 touchdowns. How will all of that translate into the NFL? I don’t know, but I’m interest to see how this 6 foot, 216 pound man can do.

While it’s a small sample size, in 4 carries last Sunday, Storm ran for 27 yards (6.75 avg) and had a 9-yard run called back on a penalty. Storm Johnson will get his big chance this week against the Titans, who are ranked 30th against the run and are giving up 136.8 yards on the ground per game. He has the ability to cut and run, but let’s see what he can do with an opportunity. Granted the Jaguars offensive line is horrible, but perhaps Storm can stir things up and make something happen. He can’t do any worse than Toby Gerhart, right? This is really just me thinking out loud. I decided to drop Jacquizz Rodgers and take a lottery ticket on Storm. You gotta be in it to win it. Here’s to Storm Johnson putting up numbers that make him a potential flex option for the rest of the season. A guy can hope, right…?

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  1. Joe says:
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    I added storm early this week , start him this week when he faces the Titans – the Titans seem to give up yardage to opposing RB’s ben Tate had a solid game last week vs Tennesee.

    For flex its between Tate who faces steelers or storm who could be a risk high reward player @ Tennessee .

    WR Question we start 3 WR’s, my wr1 is a lock (demaryius thomas), for the other two spots are you starting Crabtree @ STL & Kelvin benjamin faces bengals? I also have Andrew Hawkins & Odell beckham jr & jordan Matthews too

    Which D for this week?
    I currently have Giants d, not sure if you like these following D’s better than NYG

    Bucs D who face flacco & Ravens

    Eagles D who face Eli manning & Giants (but Eli is my QB)

    Packers D who face Tannehill & Dolphins in Miami , it looks like knowshon Moreno will be back too

    Redskins D only if no Palmer they face cardinals in Arizona

    Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Joe: I think you have to go with Tate until Storm shows us what he’s got. Hopefully he doesn’t end up being a sun shower. I’m looking for some thunder and lightning and TDs!

      Benjamin and Crabtree, but Hawkins is a close 3rd if we are talking about PPR

      I rank the defenses: Packers, Eagles, Giants and the Bucs

      • Joe says:
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        @malamoney:

        Thanks for response man it’s not full ppr it’s .20 ppr

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Joe: My answer doesn’t change. But Hawkins is a more distant third.

  2. Dom B says:
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    Out of these WR which two to start Kelvin Benjamin, Micheal Crabtree, Roddy White, Kendall Wright

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Dom B: Now if I answered differently here, would that confuse you? Ha! Still going with White and Benjamin.

  3. Clubber Lane says:
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    Are you kidding me? I would start him over all but 6 running backs this week.
    I grabbed him Tuesday night and put him in Sunday. I cut Gerhart a month ago when all of the experts were saying hold, and this move is my big time hope!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Clubber Lane: I like your style.

  4. Randy says:
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    In a 12-team standard, would you drop T-Rich, Hunter, or Palmer (if anyone) to pick up Storm? My RBs are Forte, Foster, Jennings, Ingram, Tate, and T-Rich. WRs are Dez, Andre J, Wallace, Randle and Hunter. My other QB is Eli. Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Randy: Maybe Palmer but not T-Rich or Hunter. Not yet at least. Need to see what he does today. Which of course could render him uselessor much more expensive. Remember I am looking at him as a lottery ticket.

  5. Ron says:
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    Dump West for Storm for ROS?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Ron: Depends on my other running backs. Right now they both have similar value. With Tate back and Crowell in the mix West is really not a guy you start unless one of them goes down. Storm should get a chance today. Not sure how big of a chance, but it’s a chance. The better he does the more his value increases. The more his value increases the more he costs next week.

  6. John Rambo Jr says:
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    Sankey or B Quick in my flex?

    Sankey hasn’t shown up yet, but against JAX he’s got a real shot. Is Greene inactive for the game?

    Thanks in advance,
    JRJ

    • malamoney

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      @John Rambo Jr: Greene is doubtful and I doubt he plays. If it’s PPR I’d go with Quick. If not, it’s a crapshoot. I’d still prolly go with Quick.

  7. Grant says:
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    With the news that Moreno is looking to be back this week. Would you gamble on Storm over Miller today, even going forward?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Grant: Sure

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Grant: The key word is “gamble”.

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