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

With Brian Robinson Jr. leaving prematurely with an injury, should Antonio Gibson be a priority pickup this week on the fantasy waiver wire?

Antonio Gibson has been on fantasy football managers’ radars for quite a while now, but he’s failed to live up to expectations. After an injury to Brian Robinson Jr. in Week 13, though, should fantasy managers be looking to pick up the Washington Commanders RB off of the waiver wire this week?

Should Antonio Gibson Be a Fantasy Waiver Wire Add in Week 14?

It was pretty much the Miami Dolphins show on Sunday in the game against the Commanders in Washington. In classic Miami form, the Dolphins put up 45 points, even benching Tua Tagovailoa late in the game and allowing backup Mike White to come in for some time.

The Commanders tried their hardest to keep up but just couldn’t manage. QB Sam Howell only passed for 127 yards and was sacked three times. He didn’t get anywhere close to his usual 40-something attempts, finishing with 23 attempts.

With the air game having problems, the running game wasn’t able to take the reigns, and it went from bad to worse for the Commanders when their RB1 — Robinson — left the game due to a hamstring injury. After going down with a hamstring injury, Robinson was ruled out of the second half of the game. He finished with seven carries for 53 yards.

Robinson has been having a stellar year, and it would be quite a loss for the Commanders if he has to sit out a game or more. He is currently the RB5 on the season, with 664 yards on the ground, 325 yards receiving, and eight TDs. He owns 67% of the RB attempts, and if he can’t play due to an injury, a plethora of carries becomes available.

Gibson became the primary ball carrier with Robinson off the field, finishing with 72 scrimmage yards and his highest carry count of the season (10). After the game, head coach Ron Rivera gave an update on Robinson, saying that his hamstring had tightened up and they wanted to be smart about it.

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Even with the Commanders heading into a bye week, Antonio Gibson must be a waiver wire target this week. Gibson entered Week 13 as the RB42, and if Robinson needs more time to recover, he could have the opportunity to get more carries. Before this year, Gibson averaged 54% of the team’s RB carries over his last three seasons with Washington.

Gibson has primarily been the pass-catching RB this year, but he has shown before that he can handle a more significant load. It is difficult to postulate whether one week will be enough for Robinson to recover, but fantasy managers have seen players with hamstring issues take longer to recover than desired. Cooper Kupp and Justin Jefferson are two prime examples here.

After the bye week, the Commanders take on the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Jets and then finish with San Francisco and Dallas. The only decent matchup out of these four is against the Jets, who give up the eighth most fantasy points to opposing RBs. The other three matchups are bad for RBs, all three giving up the eighth fewest fantasy points or less to opposing RBs.

However, a starting RB is a starting RB, and many managers need one at this point in the season. Go after Gibson.

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