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CBS Sports says Toby Gerhart is a better fantasy football option than Ray Rice or C.J. Spiller

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As the regular season approaches, so does the fantasy football season. And even though the Jaguars are lacking at some key positions on the offensive side of the ball, Toby Gerhart's draft stock is rising.

The Jacksonville Jaguars offense isn't going to get you a lot of fantasy football points in 2014, but there are a few players worth picking even if you're not a Jaguars fan and Toby Gerhart is one of them.

Gerhart's draft stock has slowly risen over the course of the preseason, and according to Dave Richard of CBS Sports, he's a better option than Ray Rice, C.J. Spiller, and Chris Johnson.

It's been a rough start for Gerhart as he's totaled 51 yards on 16 carries and an 8-yard catch through two preseason games, but he's a guy worth keeping faith in. Gerhart is easily Jacksonville's top back after auditions for Jordan Todman and Denard Robinson went nowhere. It might not be pretty -- we could see a lot of 17-carry, 60-yard days in our future -- but he should do enough catching passes and working the goal line to make up for it. I've referenced our research into Gerhart previously and still view him as a trustworthy No. 2 Fantasy running back.

For some reference, ESPN has projected that Spiller will be a 1,000-yard rusher with at least six touchdowns, Rice will get over 1,200 total yards and seven touchdowns despite his two-game suspension, and Johnson will only get about 800 rushing yards but pile on for eight touchdowns.

All four players are solid No. 2 fantasy running back options, but Gerhart wins out due to a slightly greater workload and the assumption that offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch will lean on him in goal line situations.

Read more about what we believe to be Gerhart's fantasy football potential in 2014 here.

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