Running back Antonio Gibson has missed the past two weeks due to a turf toe injury suffered in Week 13 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. For any playoff-bound fantasy football teams, this injury has proven crucial, being that the past two weeks have been the first and second rounds of the playoffs for most fantasy leagues.
If you managed to survive the early playoff rounds though, you may just get a late Christmas gift from the Washington Football Team in Week 16.
Antonio Gibson Fantasy Outlook
The other question is, if the rookie plays today, can you trust him? In Week 13 Gibson left after two carries, but he had been ultra-consistent until that point.
The matchup is certainly a good one for the running back position. The Carolina Panthers are ranked 21st against half backs in standard leagues according to CBS, averaging 18.14 points against to all RB's per game.
Opportunities will also be a major factor here, with J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber on the roster. Before his injury, Gibson had a 45.2 percent snap share, with 11.8 carries per game and 3.2 targets. He also received 2.4 red zone targets per game, which ranks just outside of the top 20.
Unless you are totally stacked at running back and flex, it's hard to make an argument against starting Gibson if he's out there. The sole negative would be whether or not Washington rushed him back into action, but all reports have shown that the rookie is ready to play.
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