Washington Commanders running back Antonio Gibson quietly had one of the most impressive fantasy performances in Week 1. Gibson had 21 touches in Week 1, combining for 130 total yards.
Some of the most impressive numbers in Gibson’s Week 1 performance were the eight targets in the passing game. Of those eight targets, Gibson caught seven — good for 87.5 percent.
Gibson’s lenses aren’t just checkdowns either; Check out this throw from Carson Wentz to Gibson in the first half of last week’s opener to set up a touchdown.
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With Brian Robinson Jr. still sidelined for at least the next three games, Gibson remains a solid fantasy play for Week 2. He played 64% of Washington’s offensive snaps in the win over the Jaguars and This week’s opponent, the Detroit Lions, allowed the fifth-most fantasy points for running backs last season.
Anyone who has watched Washington over the past two years isn’t surprised by Gibson’s success. If it weren’t for fumbling issues, there would be no worries about its fantastic value. A fumble in the preseason opener opened the door for Robinson, a third-round rookie pick from Alabama.
Matthew Berry of NBC Sports and Peacock TV is one of fantasy football’s most respected analysts. It is also higher on Gibson than most.
“Antonio Gibson, a converted college receiver, is someone who was really effective as a receiver; he had to learn the running back position,” Berry said. “He’s always had very good hands; he had eight targets, second on the team, and 72 receiving yards led the team. The Lions last week gave up the third most rushing yards in Week 1. You can run against them; you can pass against them.
Berry made an excellent point in his analysis. When JD McKissic is in the game, you tend to think it’s going to be a pass. When Gibson is on the field, you don’t know it because he’s so effective as a runner and receiver. Add wide receiver Curtis Samuel, who can line up anywhere like Gibson, and it opens up all sorts of possibilities for Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner.
Start Antonio Gibson in Week 2.