It is finally Antonio Gibson season
Matt Harmon and Dalton Del Don update their rankings of Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson after a stellar performance against the Seahawks.
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MATT HARMON: The one running back that I thought was going to be awesome from the jump in week one but finally looks like the guy that I drafted him to be in August, and I mean I drafted the hell out of Antonio Gibson, buddy. Antonio Gibson leads the NFL with 72 carries the last three weeks.
DALTON DEL DON: Wow.
MATT HARMON: Eight runs of 15-plus yards. He's got nine catches on nine targets. It sounds like JD McKissic is-- you know, it was a really scary looking injury, but we'll see what happens with him. He was, quote, "good" after the game, whatever that means. We'll see what happens there. But, dude, Antonio Gibson finally just getting the absolute bell cow workload for the Washington Football Team.
DALTON DEL DON: Oh, a season-high seven target. Secured them all Monday night. And, yeah, McKissic missing practice still. A scary looking injury. Carted off. So, yeah, his arrow is pointing way up, Gibson, and you like the matchup with the Raiders this week too. So, yeah, I have him ranked aggressively as my number nine fantasy back this week.
MATT HARMON: Obviously, you got to rank him aggressively this week. What about rest of season though? I think-- where are we at with Gibson? Are we talking top 15?
DALTON DEL DON: Oh yeah. Oh yeah, sure. Yeah, especially if he's gonna get the targets and then looking healthier than he was earlier in the year and seeing the kind of volume. And Heinicke has been totally competent. Sure, yeah, absolutely a top 12-ish RB1. Back-end RB1.
MATT HARMON: Taylor Heinicke.
DALTON DEL DON: There you go. I like it, yeah.
MATT HARMON: There we go.
DALTON DEL DON: Yeah, love it.
MATT HARMON: ODU's finest. OK, a couple of guys just comparing between Antonio Gibson. I would say these guys are non-obvious fringe RB1, RB2 types. AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones, would you rather have Gibson over both? Or one of the other?
DALTON DEL DON: Yeah. Yes, I'd rather Gibson over both. Yes, I think the other two will be too much of a time share, 50-50. Yeah, I'd rather Gibson.
MATT HARMON: Darrell Henderson or Antonio Gibson?
DALTON DEL DON: Oh, Gibson. I mean, Henderson, I wrote about him in DFS. I like the setup this week. And the guy's quad has him iffy for this week already. I mean, no, definitely Gibson with his injury history, with Henderson's. Yeah.
MATT HARMON: Your guy, Cordarrelle Patterson.
DALTON DEL DON: Oh, come on. Yeah, so I have them ranked back to back this week. It's a tough matchup. Patterson with the injury, the high ankle sprain, man, most people take eight weeks. Mere mortals. But two weeks later, C-Pat's out there dominating. That's a close one. Wow, I don't feel strongly there. I don't feel strongly there.
MATT HARMON: Yeah, that one's tough.
DALTON DEL DON: I guess slightly Patterson, man. They use him-- oh, he looks so good. Whatever, it's a close one. Yeah.
MATT HARMON: Yeah, I think it's slightly Patterson, but very slightly. How about--
DALTON DEL DON: The fact you can use him at wide receiver, I mean, that helps too.
MATT HARMON: Yeah, that helps for sure. How about Elijah Mitchell or Antonio Gibson?
DALTON DEL DON: I'll go homer and say Elijah Mitchell. But, man, he's very injury prone. I mean, it has been one thing after another with him. But I like Mitchell, just the fact that he got six targets last week too. And it's the Niners offense versus Washington. So give me Mitchell.
MATT HARMON: And then I'd probably take Swift if we knew he was just gonna miss one game. But yeah--
DALTON DEL DON: Oh yeah, Gibson. No, no, no, they have no incentive to bring him back. And the history of shoulder problems with him. No, I think there's a-- oh, I'm sorry. I'm thinking that's more Cook's history with him. But, still, there's no incentive to bring Swift back, so--
MATT HARMON: Yeah, but you know they're trying to win one game.
DALTON DEL DON: A game. A game, yeah. A game. That's true.
MATT HARMON: Dan Campbell wants to win one game.
DALTON DEL DON: That's fair.
MATT HARMON: Just get me one.
DALTON DEL DON: That's fair.
MATT HARMON: Yeah, I think so. And then obviously guys all like Leonard Fournette, Alvin Kamara, Najee Harris, Nick Chubb, Zeke, those guys are all over Gibson though, right?
DALTON DEL DON: Oh, I mean, I could see the argument for Zeke you say there. But certainly Fournette. Unbelievable how much he's emerged as a total obvious workhorse. But yeah, no, then Zeke, that's a whole other-- we'll get to that for the Thursday night game. But he would be-- I could definitely see the argument for Gibson. Actually, I will say I'd rather Gibson than Zeke moving forward.