Antonio Gibson Fantasy Waiver Wire: Should I Pick Up the Commanders RB This Week?

Antonio Gibson is coming off his best game of the season. Is he worth adding off the waiver wire for Week 10, or is he fool's gold?

The yearly cycle of Washington Commanders RB Antonio Gibson’s fantasy football hype to disappointment with his usage is changing to its typical midseason discussion. Gibson had his best game of the season in Week 9 against the Patriots. Is he showing enough signs of life to be a worthwhile waiver addition? Should he be left to be someone else’s problem? Let’s dive in!

Should Antonio Gibson Be a Fantasy Waiver Wire Add in Week 10?

Finding RBs in season can be hard some weeks and easy for others. When a star goes down with an injury, it’s clear that the backup is a worthwhile addition. However, sometimes those injuries don’t happen, and it’s less obvious what a player is worth and whether or not they need to be rostered. Such is the case with Gibson.

Gibson has not finished among the top 15 RBs in any single week this season. He’s scored just a single receiving TD this year, minimizing his weekly upside. Gibson hasn’t received more than six carries in any game this year, and his receiving has fluctuated week to week, with 5+ targets in as many games as he’s seen two or fewer (four each).

All that being said, Gibson is a possible waiver addition depending on team construction, byes, and available options. The only widely available option likely to be a clear upgrade on Gibson is the Ravens’ Keaton Mitchell, who seems primed to see more weekly opportunities and can house any run.

Gibson is much more game-script-dependent. He’s been over 50% of snaps in just three games. Week 9 saw his most total opportunities, and he looked good on those limited touches. Gibson averaged over five yards per carry on his six carries and caught all five targets for another 42 yards.

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Adding Gibson is a worthwhile move for future-looking managers, too. Besides being a potential Flex in the mold of Jaylen Warren, he’s also a strong handcuff option as we approach the fantasy playoffs. This is the time of year to shift the bench of your fantasy squad to target upside options.

Once you’re through the majority of byes, keeping a bunch of low-ceiling options is not ideal. You need guys who, if given the right break, can become a fantasy starter for your team. The schedule down the stretch for the Commanders is tough, which is great for the passing and third-down RB.

The only matchup remaining that looks like a relatively easy win that might minimize Gibson’s role is against the Giants with their rough QB situation. They do still have a Week 14 bye, too. Besides that, it’s Seattle, Dallas, Miami, Los Angeles (Rams), New York (Jets), and San Francisco — brutal schedule for the team but good for Gibson.

With Sam Howell under center, he’s seeing quite a few targets and had a lot of juice this last week. If you need a risky Flex option for any of the next few weeks, he can be that. If you need a bench stash handcuff for long-term upside, he can be that, too. He’s not a high-priority add but definitely belongs on rosters as handcuff season approaches!

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