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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.
| Antonio Gibson Out for Week 17|
Wendell Smallwood called up from practice squad
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Jan 1, 2:06 pm
|RB Antonio Gibson was not activated among these transactions. He’s out tomorrow. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gibson was placed on the Covid list yesterday which all but ruled him out against the Eagles on Sunday. Jarett Patterson is expected to start with Jonathan Williams and Wendell Smallwood also available. Patterson is a weak Flex option given the stat of the Washington offense and projected game script.
| Antonio Gibson lands on the Covid list|
Will miss Week 17
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Dec 31, 11:03 am
|WFT RB Antonio Gibson placed on reserve COVID list. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gibson was already dealing with a hip injury which caused him to be limited in practice this week. With him missing Week 17, Washington will turn to Jaret Patterson and Jonathan Williams at running back with Patterson expected to start. Neither are recommended fantasy options against the Eagles.
| J.D. McKissic not expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Dec 12, 7:00 am
|WFT RB J.D. McKissic, listed as questionable for Sunday vs. Cowboys due to a concussion, will not play, per source; WFT WR Curtis Samuel, also questionable due to a groin injury, is expected to play, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: McKissic was limited in practice this week but ultimately hasn't been cleared of the concussion protocol. Antonio Gibson has seen 26-19-36-28 touches the last four weeks and should be inline for another high-touch performance today against the Cowboys.
| J.D. McKissic ruled Out for Week 13|
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Dec 3, 12:39 pm
|Washington Football team starters S Landon Collins (foot) and RB J.D. McKissic (concussion) were declared out for Sunday. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: McKissic suffered a concussion last week and was carted off the field. This is a big loss for the Washington offense and will likely put more on the plate of Antonio Gibson who becomes a borderline RB1/RB2 in a decent matchup against the Raiders. Gibson saw 7 targets last week and should easily get 20 touches in Week 13.