Toby Gerhart RB, Minnesota Vikings
Benjarvus Green-Ellis is no longer the effective runner he has been in the past, only averaging 3.4 yards a carry in 2013. This puts him tied for 30th in the NFL amongst the top 32 RBs in terms of rushing yards. He performs the role of the big bruising rusher in the Bengals backfield but seems to have lost a step coming off a 1,000 yard season in 2012. Gerhart is again 26 and adds a younger, less worn out body to fill this role. BJE has accumulated over 1,050 touches in his 6 year career, while Gerhart has just over 350 in his 4 years with the Vikings. This means he will be fresher and run with more impact, wearing down those linebackers and creating pockets of separation for 2nd year man Giovanni Bernard to exploit on screen plays or with his quick feet. He also serves as a fantastic goal line and short yardage option as well as taking his share of the punishment to keep Bernard healthy. He proved his effectiveness against our division rival Ravens last season and could be another cheap option for the Bengals.