Newly renamed Washington Football Team has added Head Coach Ron Rivera to the staff and is looking to have an improved season from 2019. With the addition of #2 Draft Pick Chase Young, and both Terry Mclaurin and Dwayne Haskins going into their sophomore seasons, I do see an improved season for 2020.
Today we’ll be talking about the true X-Factor of Washington, and that is Rookie RB/WR Antonio Gibson. Gibson was drafted in the third round at pick 66. With Washington releasing their projected starting running back Derrius Guice, the opportunity and ability could make an interesting season for Antonio Gibson.
First things first, if you haven’t watched Antonio Gibson’s highlight tape on YouTube, go do it now. Gibson has top tier athleticism, but doesn’t have a huge sample size from his two years at Memphis. Coming from JUCO, Gibson worked his way to a scholarship at Memphis as a Wide Out. His senior year, Gibson only ran the ball 33 times, but averaged 11.2 Yards Per Carry. Being primarily a pass catcher, Gibson also caught the ball 38 times for 735 yards and 8 touchdowns. It’s obvious that Gibson has all the talent in the world to make an immediate impact, but will he get the opportunity?
Although Guice was just released from Washington, their backfield is still “deep”. When I say deep, I mean there are a lot of players, but not a ton of talent. Adrian Peterson, Bryce Love, Peyton Barber and JD Mckissic all still hold roster spots.
With no pre-season and a shortened camp, all signs point to Adrian Peterson to command the early season touches. Peterson will most likely be their prototypical first and second down back for a decent portion of the season. Washington has a Week 8 bye, and I’m projecting for Gibson to become a more integral part of that offense.
I have Gibson slated for just over 100 rushing attempts at 435 yards and 2 touchdowns. Receiving wise, I have 48 catches on 62 targets for over 400 yards and 3 touchdowns. Gibson’s production will come in primarily PPR or Half Point Per Reception.
Gibson is someone I’m looking to target in the mid rounds of my draft. If you’re able to build a solid RB and WR core throughout your first 7 rounds, Gibson is worth the shot. His ADP will creep up throughout August, but it’s all about your draft. If I have 3 solid running backs who I am confident in, I have no problem taking Gibson as my 4th RB in rounds 7-8.
Another thing to keep in mind are possible trades. If someone in your league takes a jump on Gibson and grabs him too early, there’s always the