WASHINGTON COMMANDERS

by Big League Fantasy

Carson Wentz: Wentz gets a bad rep but finished the 2021 season as the QB15 overall. This makes him a high-end QB2 and was healthy for the entire season. Wentz doesn’t bring the same exciting floor that more mobile QBs bring but he is a good floor player that has Terry McLaurin he can rely on. Wentz was surprisingly accurate throwing the deep ball in 2022 as he was 5th out all QBs in deep pass completion percentage. While Wentz is not an attractive buy for 1QB as he doesn’t bring the same ceiling that some other quarterbacks do, he’s a cheap and safe QB2 that should be targeted in superflex leagues.

Antonio Gibson: Antonio Gibson has finished as a middle of the pack RB2 over the last 2 seasons and is once again ready to be the lead back for the Washington Commanders. Sadly, this offseason was not the kindest to Antonio Gibson. Not only did J.D. McKissic return, but Washington also drafted Brian Robinson and could steal some endzone work in a similar way Peyton Barber did in 2020. The talent is there, and this was shown with big plays + ability to catch the ball. The Commanders coaching staff has already alluded to not using Gibson as a workhorse in early minicamp news. This is a scary as for running backs, volume is key especially when you are on an average to below average offense. Overall, while Gibson has the talent, he’s lacking consistent upside and a consistent floor which makes him riskier than one would want from a starting RB on their team.

J.D. McKissic: McKissic is back but might not bring that stand-alone value to your team like years prior. The PPR machine ranked second in fantasy points per opportunity and 4th in yards per route run. Mckissic has surprisingly been a mid-RB3 over the last 2 years and rocks a monster ceiling come games with a positive gamescript. That being said, there’s always no guarantee when he will be used efficiently + the (hopeful) return of a healthy Curtis Samuel could easily bite into McKissics receiving work. With the addition of Brian Robinson and having the talented Gibson on the squad, McKissic should be seen as a player who brings upside but only if certain scenarios come true. (An injury to Samuel, Gibson)

Brian Robinson: Brian Robinson is a stocky, powerful RB out of the University of Alabama and should see himself in a few short-yardage situations for the 2022 season. In a similar manor to Peyton Barber in 2020, I’d expect Robinson to become the lead back of the team if Gibson goes down + see use on 3rd and short situations. Sadly, he does not bring much fantasy value by himself, and will need an injury to Gibson to be fantasy relevant.

Terry McLaurin: Terry McLaurin is entering his 4th year in the league already, and is finally going to play with a QB that can get him the ball (kind of). Carson Wentz is the best QB Terry has ever played with and he still managed to be a top-25 option with terrible QB play. McLaurin is the clear WR1 on that team as he has averaged 132 targets per season over his last 2 years. In addition, not only is he getting the opportunity, he is also ranked second in deep targets and air yards. Terry brings immense upside and a solid floor due to his consistent target share. Wentz was able to give Michael PIttman Jr. the push he needed to be a solid fantasy contributor and McLaurin should get similar treatment as the team as a whole has improved.

Curtis Samuel: When healthy, Curtis Samuel finihsed as a top-25 option in 2020. Sadly, the 2021 season was not kind to Samuel and he has found himself in injury limbo. Luckily, the Commanders have a new quarterback under center and Samuel could find himself in a gadget-style role like he did in Carolina. Ron Rivera has been someone who constantly touts the potential of Samuel, and if healthy should find himself the opportunity to be productive. In addition, Samuel is extremely young, only 25 years old. He should have plenty left in the tank and be seen as a high risk high reward player that can be seen as a late round steal.


Logan Thomas: Battered by injuries last year, the QB-turned-TE has all the talent in the world to put together a top-10 fantasy season like he has in years past. In addition, Carson Wentz has been able to make 2 different TE’s fantasy relevant with both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Washington also likes to allow their tight ends to run routes a lot, over 90% of the time when Logan Thomas was on the field, he was running a route. He brings solid upside at a cheap price and should be the late round TE of choice.

Big League Fantasy is a fantasy-football analyst who writes for The Football Guys as well as his own Instagram page @BigLeagueFantasy


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