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|Few running backs carried more buzz heading into fantasy draft season last year than Antonio Gibson, a third-round selection from Memphis who posted ridiculous efficiency stats and above-average receiving skills in college.
With so much hype surrounding Gibson, it was impressive to see him live up to that hype with 11 rushing touchdowns and just over 1000 total yards, despite getting eased into action by the Washington coaching staff. Gibson did not see more than 13 carries in a game until Week 7 against the Cowboys, when he went ham with 128 yards and a score.
Gibson proved that he could shoulder most of the load as a first and second down back, and his receiving skills earned him 36 receptions in a crowded backfield of pass-catching options that includes J.D. McKissic.
There has been talk in Washington's camp that the team wants to expand Gibson's role in the passing game further, making him even more of an attractive option and a solid pick in the second round of most drafts.
| Terry McLaurin misses practice Friday, hamstring injury|
Listed as Questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Oct 15, 1:00 pm
|Rivera said with Terry McLaurin operating more under "an abundance of caution." Similar to how they were with RB Antonio Gibson. Rivera also said Gibson did more this week... (John Keim on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It seems like McLaurin should be fine for Sunday against the Chiefs but make sure you check back Sunday morning to be sure. He's in a great spot against a Kansas City defense that's given up three 100-yard games to Marquise Brown, Mike Williams and DeVonta Smith.
| DNP for Antonio Gibson on Thursday|
By: Doug Orth | Fri Oct 1, 1:00 am
|Antonio Gibson played with a shoulder injury last week. He has a shin injury that kept him out of practice Thursday. Gibson was not on the injury report Wednesday, but he did wear a sleeve on his injured shin during practice, Nicki Jhabvala of TheAthletic.com reports. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: There does not appear to be much concern in Washington over Gibson's Week 4 status at the moment. On the bright side, he practiced on Wednesday with a sleeve over his shin. The frustrating thing for his fantasy owners is how often Washington turns to J.D. McKissic on passing downs. The defense has not played well enough to this point for Gibson to get the workload so many fantasy managers expected when they drafted him, leaving him as a middling RB2 in the body of a high-upside RB1.