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Fantasy Alert: Commanders Desire to Find ‘More Ways’ to utilize Antonio Gibson in Space

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You will have major question marks concerning the Washington Commanders backfield once Brian Robinson will be able to go back to the field, namely for fantasy players. The rookie were the favourite to earn the starting job before Antonio Gibson before he was shot multiple times in August within an attempted robbery against him.

But Gibson may retain fantasy value even upon Robinson’s return. Head coach Ron Rivera told reporters Monday he really wants to find methods to utilize him in space:

John Keim @john_keim

Rivera said when Brian Robinson returns, they’d prefer to find more methods to use Antonio Gibson in space. Was impressive running routes from the backfield Sunday

Gibson had a fantastic season debut contrary to the Jacksonville Jaguars, rushing 14 times for 58 yards while adding seven receptions for 72 yards on eight targets.

Grant Paulsen @granthpaulsen

Really strong game for Antonio Gibson after losing his job and obtaining a chance yesterday.

14 rushes, 58 yds
7 catches, 72 yds
48 yds after contact (3.43 per)
Forced 4 misses tckls
12 rush yds over expected
Ran vs 8 man fronts 43% of time, 4th most in NFL.

Dave Kluge @DaveKluge

Antonio Gibson’s @PFF receiving grade (85.6) ranked best among all running backs in Week 1.

Chris Towers Is In Training Camp @CTowersCBS

Antonio Gibson finally got the passing game usage we’ve wanted basically his whole career. Led all non-WRs in routes run, had multiple down-field targets, super productive … that has been really impressive.

It had been probably the most single-game targets of his career, tied his previous mark for probably the most receptions in a casino game and was the third-most receiving yards he’s ever accumulated in a contest.

Also it wasn’t all on dump-downs out from the backfield, eitherGibson had some impressive nabs:

NFL @NFL

.@cj_wentz to @AntonioGibson14 to enter the REDZONE!

: #JAXvsWAS on FOX
: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/mY4ew2vyFN pic.twitter.com/MrOk3ly3eM

Traditionally, Gibson has been more of a between-the-tackles runner for the Commanders in his three-year career. As a rookie, he previously 36 catches for 247 yards on 44 targets. Last season, he bumped it up slightly to 42 catches for 294 yards and three scores.

That limited role was always a more impressive surprise than Gibson’s strong receiving day was Sunday in the team’s 28-22 home victory on the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was a broad receiver in college, in the end.

If Washington is definitely seriously interested in giving him more looks as a receiverand it will beit can keep him fantasy-relevant upon Robinson’s return. Backfield committees are always tricky for fantasy players to navigate, but committees with defined roles ensure it is a bit simpler to project upside in the years ahead.

Gibson proved he could possibly be effective as a receiving weapon from the backfield on Sunday. He’ll remain a high-end flex pick until Robinson’s return, and when his receiving role remains intact, he should will give you decent flex option all of those other way, especially come the bye weeks.

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