In the Yahoo Fantasy Football Forecast, analysts Andy Behrens and Scott Pianowski look at the Commanders running backs for fantasy purposes in 2022?
ANDY BEHRENS: Let me give you my number four on this list. And it pains me to say that it is Antonio Gibson as my fourth biggest loser. It feels like yesterday that Ron Rivera was comparing Antonio Gibson to a young Christian like we're just a couple of years removed from that.
SCOTT PIANOWSKI: Now he's comparing him to the old Christian McCaffrey?
ANDY BEHRENS: Well now, we're getting comparisons-
SCOTT PIANOWSKI: Gene McCaffrey?
ANDY BEHRENS: Not quite gene McCaffrey, we haven't bottomed out to that extent. But we're getting comparisons of Antonio Gibson and the Bama rookie, Brian Robinson Jr, to the old DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart arrangement, which used to be pretty good for DeAngelo, but not as good as it could have been.
SCOTT PIANOWSKI: DeAngelo Williams is one of the great forgotten NFL players.
ANDY BEHRENS: Absolutely, absolutely.
SCOTT PIANOWSKI: Who very seldom had a backfield to himself except when Pittsburgh had Le'Veon Bell unavailable. And all of sudden, they plugged in DeAngelo Williams. He went ballistic. He had another year in Carolina. He scored 20 touchdowns or 18 touchdowns or something like that.
DeAngelo Williams. I think if you sim his career like 1,000 times, I think this is a few times where he ends up in the Hall of Fame. I mean, he was that good, and never seemed to be in the perfect setup for him as far as maximizing his production because he had to share a lot. And Jake Delhomme was throwing the ball the other team and stuff like that.
ANDY BEHRENS: Well I feel for Antonio Gibson here because he's coming off this year in which he played through a damn broken leg, like he had a stress reaction in his leg that cost him like a month. He played through it. He only missed a game late in the season due to COVID. He was one of four guys who finished with 300 touches.
And now, they retained McKissic. McKissic has the role. McKissic is the guy who's on the field when they get into like two-minute offense. And Brian Robinson apparently in some sort of rotational role, it's probably not going to be enough to matter for his fantasy value. But is it going to begin to push Antonio Gibson down to like 230, 240 touches, maybe less?
Yeah, it probably is if the head coach in the middle of spring is already talking that way. So Gibson, for me, a pretty clear loser.