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|One of the more frustrating landing spots from the 2022 NFL Draft has to be Alabama running back Brian Robinson. Robinson joins an already crowded Washington backfield that featured do-it-all running back Antonio Gibson along with pass catching specialist J.D. McKissic. While Robinson's bruising, between-the-tackles style certainly makes him an ideal complementary player in this backfield for the Commanders, it's tough to imagine a scenario in which he becomes a viable weekly fantasy asset without injuries - perhaps multiple injuries - to other players on this roster.
Instead, what's more likely to happen is that Robinson ends up playing spoiler in this backfield, most likely to Gibson, who stands to lose a greater share of his touches to Robinson than McKissic would given their skill sets. Robinson could very well end up being a regular contributor near the goal line for the Commanders, which would be extremely frustrating for fantasy managers who own Gibson. Worse yet, given that Washington isn't likely to be a high-powered offense to begin with, Robinson himself isn't likely to be consistent enough of a weekly contributor to justify placing him in in weekly lineups.
We've seen "handcuffs" become relevant fantasy assets in the past and perhaps Robinson ends up becoming one of those players, but you're probably better off making him a high waiver claim during the season than you are drafting him outright and holding him on your bench all season.
| Brian Robinson Jr. lands on Reserve/NFI list|
Should be back at some point this season
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Sep 1, 10:15 am
|We've made the following roster moves:
- Signed LBs David Mayo and Jon Bostic
- Placed RB Brian Robinson Jr. on the the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List
- Placed TE Curtis Hodges on the Reserve/Injured List (Commanders on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This move ensures that Robinson will miss at least the first four games of the season while he recovers from two gun shot wounds from a robbery incident on 8/28. Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic should operate at the team's top two running backs while Robinson is out with a little bit of Jonathan Williams sprinkled in.
| RB Brian Robinson shot multiple times, carjacking attempt|
Non life-threatening injuries for Washington running back
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Aug 28, 7:04 pm
|Commanders’ rookie RB Brian Robinson Jr. was shot multiple times in an apparent carjacking attempt, as @JPFinlayNBCS reported. The injuries are considered non life threatening. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It appears Robinson is stable in the hospital at this time. Reports suggest two bullets struck Robinson in the lower body. A scary situation for Robinson and his family. At this time we have now idea what impact this will have on his football availability.
| Antonio Gibson getting special teams work|
Comes on the heels of poor showing in preseason opener
By: Doug Orth | Tue Aug 16, 11:50 pm
|RB Antonio Gibson is playing the slot on punt (protection), which I believe is a new development.
STs coordinator Nate Kaczor likes RBs in the slot bc the role is similar to pass protection. In the past, it’s been rookie Brian Robinson. (Washington Post - Sam Fortier)|
FFToday's Take: The Commanders want Gibson to be their workhorse, but he isn't making it easy on the team with his penchant for fumbling and the inconsistency he shows with his vision. It is more likely than not Gibson's appearance in special teams drills is part of his punishment for his continued lack of ball security. Gibson still figures to be the Week 1 starter, but he could lose more work than expected to J.D. McKissic in the passing game and rookie Brian Robinson Jr. on early down than managers could have expected this spring.