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Impact of Brian Robinson injury for Commanders RBs Antonio Gibson, Chris Rodriguez Jr. in fantasy football

The Commanders’ lead back is expected to be out for Week 15 vs. the Rams. We go over the fantasy football impact and value of backups Gibson and Rodriguez.

Antonio Gibson of the Washington Commanders celebrates his touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field on November 12, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The Washington Commanders come off their bye week limping to the finish line in the NFL standings. Thankfully that doesn’t mean anything for the fantasy football playoffs this week. The Commanders take on the Los Angeles Rams in what should be one of the more high-scoring games of Week 15. The Commanders had a surprise pop up on the injury report this week with RB Brian Robinson already ruled out vs. L.A. That means RBs Antonio Gibson and Chris Rodriguez Jr. could be thrust into the fantasy football spotlight in a huge week. We’re going to go over what to expect from Gibson and Rodriguez, plus whether both backs are good plays this week.

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Brian Robinson injury impact

Antonio Gibson

Gibson figures to be the lead back again with Robinson out. In Week 13 vs. the Dolphins in a blowout loss, Gibson played 31 snaps to just 12 for Robinson. Gibson was the lead back by a wide margin, leading all running backs that game with 14 touches. Gibson has increased value in PPR; he caught four passes in Week 13 and has 37 receptions on the season. Given Gibson should see an increase in offensive snaps and touches, it’s reasonable to think he can finish as a good RB2/FLEX play in PPR for Week 15 in your fantasy playoffs. It’s also a plus that, not only is there opportunity for more touches, but it’s in a great game script. The Commanders should be trailing most of the game and the over/under is highest on the Week 15 slate at 50.5 points. Sign me up.

Chris Rodriguez Jr.

C-Rod has only played 53 snaps all season. That’s not what you want in a fantasy play. But 12 of those snaps came in Week 13, when Rodriguez had seven carries for 29 yards. He could end up getting some short-yardage and goal-line work over Gibson if it’s more of a split in the backfield. Rodriguez wasn’t a pass-catcher in college at Kentucky and is a rookie, so Gibson should get almost all of the work in the passing game at RB. That hurts Rodriguez’s upside. If C-Rod can get to around 5-10 carries, scoring a TD would be all you really need to get there. Only in standard leagues that are deep and if you’re desperate are you playing Rodriguez in fantasy this week. There’s enough of a reason to consider it given the situation.