What We Learned: Week 16
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So About Last Week...
Remember when I said it was clear Gibson is the workhorse in this offense? Yeah.. Looks like I may have jumped the gun on that one. In week two, it was McKissic who led the backfield in receptions, targets, and fantasy points. The most concerning thing to see for Gibson owners was McKissic getting the only goal line carry of the game, argh, and also played every snap during WFT’s 2 minute drill at the end of the game. Of the two, Gibson is clearly the more efficient runner between the tackles and is going to receive most of the carries every week, but McKissic is simply too good of a player not to have a role on this offense. It is no fluke he was the most targeted RB in 2020.
Part of me wants to believe this was just a way of managing Gibson's workload on a short week, after all he did have 20 carries just four days prior. McKissic was fresh by comparison. The thing about this backfield rotation is: it works. It’s good for the team so, if it ain’t broke, I’m all of a sudden not so sure it needs fixing, so to speak. Looks like we’re gonna have to pump the breaks on Gibson’s workhorse season for now, at least until his receiving usage becomes more of a focal point.
Don't Panic on Herbert
An average of 14 PPG is not what fantasy owners were expecting when they drafted Herbert as their QB1. His fantasy totals, however, have been misleading thus far. Herbert and the Chargers have been on the receiving end of a few unfortunate penalties/bad calls in weeks one and two. We all saw that “fumble” in week one. I mean, come on. That’s a -2 Herbert did not deserve.
He had two passing TDs called back in week two because of penalties. One of those revoked TDs led to an INT soon after. That is a 6-point swing in the wrong direction. But it is not an accurate reflection of how good Herbert has played. At one point on Sunday, he had 16 consecutive completions. He has now thrown for 330+ yards and a TD in both games. He’s playing good football. He just happens to have had some bad luck to begin the season. I think he is going to be fine moving forward. Now would be a great time to buy low if the Herbert owner in your league is panicked. If you are the Herbert owner in your league, fear not friend. Better days are ahead.
Marvin Jones: WR to Own in Jacksonville
Last week DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault, and Marvin Jones all seemed to get an equal piece of the pie. But in week two it was Marvin Jones who seemed to separate from the rest. He looked every bit the part of a security blanket who will be leaned on heavily by his rookie QB, finishing with six catches for 55 yards and a TD on 11 targets. In week two, during a game the Jags struggled to move the ball, Jones accounted for roughly 47 percent of Trevor Lawrence’s passing yards. Through two games he has enjoyed a 24 percent target share, A TD in each game, and an average of 18.1 PPG. He’s played 91 percent of snaps so far, more than Chark and Shenault in both games.
Now, I’m not saying he’s going to be a sure-fire weekly play, but similar to Brandin Cooks, he is the top receiving weapon on a team with a bad defense that will likely be throwing the ball a lot this season. He could quickly enter the WR3 conversation. After all, we have seen the veteran WR deliver some solid fantasy campaigns in the past.
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