Gameday update: Both Gibson and McKissic should be featured in Washington’s offense a lot on Sunday, especially with Alex Smith under center. One thing we know about Smith is that he likes to check it down to his running backs. He did that last week, which allowed McKissic to have a big game with nine receptions for 65 yards. This week, McKissic and Gibson will be going against a Lions’ defense that is not the best at defending the opposing team’s running backs. ESPN projects Gibson, McKissic to score 13.3 and 7.9 fantasy points.
On Wednesday, it seemed as if the Washington Football Team was going to be without rookie running back Antonio Gibson, who did not practice with a shoulder injury. However, Gibson was a full participant on Thursday, meaning that he along with J.D. McKissic should play a healthy amount of snaps against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Fantasy Football analysis: Washington RBs Antonio Gibson, J.D. McKissic
Gibson and McKissic give Washington’s offense an additional pass catcher, which should help veteran quarterback Alex Smith, who is making his first start in two years. In last week’s game against the New York Giants, Gibson struggled as he fumbled earlier on and only saw nine touches.
This was a far cry from his performance in Week 7 against the Dallas Cowboys, where had a career-high 128 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown. In regards to fantasy football, Gibson season-high 18.8 points, which he did before in Week 4 against the Baltimore Ravens.
When it comes to McKissic, he had a better outing against the Giants, recording nine receptions (14 targets) for 65 yards. Despite not being a factor in the run, McKissic still garnered 8.20 fantasy points. That being said, both running backs will have a chance to make an impact against an average-at best Lions’ defense.
This season, the Lions’ defense is giving up a ridiculous 148.1 rushing yards per game, which is good for 30th in the NFL. Detroit struggled last week against Vikings RB Dalvin Cook, who rushed for a smooth 200-plus yards.
The Lions’ defense is also giving up 29.7 fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. If you have Gibson on your fantasy team, he might warrant a start based off what we saw him do a couple weeks ago against Dallas.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start — Antonio Gibson as RB2, J.D. McKissic as a FLEX