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Antonio Gibson vs. Brian Robinson Jr.: Who should you play in fantasy football? Are both viable options?

The Commanders take on the Dolphins on Sunday in Week 13. We go over the Commanders’ backfield duo of Antonio Gibson and Brian Robinson with fantasy football advice.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 14: Brian Robinson Jr. #8 of the Washington Commanders celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter in the game at Lincoln Financial Field on November 14, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

The Washington Commanders will look to snap a three-game losing streak as they play host to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. In what could be a high-octane scoring affair, fantasy managers may entertain starting either Antonio Gibson or Brian Robinson in lineups this weekend. But is it feasible to start both, or should fantasy managers choose one over the other?

Fantasy football start sit advice: Commanders RBs

Antonio Gibson

Sit. Gibson is averaging just 7.8 PPR fantasy points this season, although he’s proven a bit more effective in the passing game over the last three weeks. That being said, he’s very much touchdown-dependent as he continues to share the backfield with Robinson. He’s gone without a rushing score all season and has just two receiving touchdowns heading into Week 13, so he’s far from a lock to put up consistent numbers.

With that being said, he’s no more than an RB3 in most fantasy leagues, with a slight bump up to a risky flex in larger leagues of 12 to 14 teams.

Brian Robinson Jr.

Start. Robinson is averaging a solid 14.2 PPR fantasy points per game this season and remains the more trusted backfield option in comparison to Robinson. Yes, he mustered just 8.4 PPR fantasy points last week, but not many tailbacks fare strongly against an elite Cowboys defense. Prior to Thanksgiving, he totaled back-to-back 20-plus fantasy performances and should be primed to get back on track against a much softer matchup in the Dolphins.

Can you play both Antonio Gibson and Brian Robinson Jr. in the same lineup?

Given Robinson’s overall upside on both the ground and in the passing game, the best option is to start him while keeping Gibson on the bench as a suitable handcuff option. If the appropriate game script goes according to plan, and the Dolphins end up jumping out to an early double-digit lead, Sam Howell and company could opt to throw the ball early and often.

In that scenario, Robinson is the much more confident option to start in lineups over Gibson.