What We Learned: Week 16
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Jameis Revival Incoming?
I can’t lie, that Lasik eye surgery worked wonders. That makes two eye tests Jameis passed as of Sunday. He looked polished with an impressive five TD passes and no turnovers. His weapons, aside from Kamara, are a bit suspect so I don’t want to get too carried away here. But don’t forget, he’s just two years removed from finishing as the QB4 in fantasy. He is QB3 as of now.
Don’t be surprised if Juwan Johnson becomes a thing as well. There is precedent of converted receivers making for good TEs. There is also precedent of Jameis making use of his TEs in the red zone, just saying.
Antonio Gibson Workhorse Season
Based on the final fantasy point total, you would think it was a quiet day for Gibson, but what I saw was encouraging. In week one, he picked up 108 total yards on 23 touches (3 rec on 5 targets). McKissic eating into his workload and his low snap percentage have always been the main concerns for Gibson throughout the offseason, but McKissic picked up eight yards on just one touch and was only targeted once. No other Washington RB touched the ball more than twice on Sunday.
Gibson played 70% of snaps in week one, and continued to be fed even after fumbling the football. He is clearly trusted by the coaching staff and is, in my eyes, filling the workhorse role. Moving forward, I expect to see more of the same (hopefully with some more TDs sprinkled in).
Promising Lions Backfield
Before kickoff on Sunday it was announced Jamaal Williams would start and “carry the load” for the Lions. Well, even with the Lions actively trying to limit D’Andre Swift’s workload, he couldn’t be contained. He still managed to lead the backfield in carries, and pick up eight receptions on 11 targets for 65 yards and a TD. Jamaal Williams was also very productive, taking his 17 touches (8 receptions on 9 targets) for 110 total yards and a TD. And this was supposed to be a tough matchup.
I can see a scenario where Swift and Williams are both heavily involved and provide standalone value each week. I mean, Anthony Lynn is their OC so I guess we already saw that coming. Any concerns about them capping each others ceilings should be eased. Swift projects as a mid to high-end RB2 while Jamaal Williams looks like he’ll be one of the best RB3/flex options you could ask for.
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