The Washington Football Team came out 30-29 victors against New York Giants last night, here’s our TNF Fantasy Reaction to give you the low down on what happened and how it impacts your fantasy roster:
1. Antonio Gibson is not Christian McCaffery 2.0
It’s early, but after 2 games, the hopes of Antonio Gibson being the next Christian McCaffery isn’t looking promising.
One key thing we are looking for Gibson to be heavily involved in this season was passing downs, especially on 3rd down, to truly unlock his inner CMC. Unfortunately it’s just the same story as 2020, with McKissic playing the lead role on 3rd down:
Gibson only received 2 targets also which takes his two game target total to 7, which falls just slightly ahead of last years usage – not enough to take him into the top 5 we’d hoped.
The rushing talent is still there to be seen – tallying 69 rushing yards on 13 carries (5.31 YPC). But the target share and passing game usage leaves a lot to be desired. That being said, Heinicke got the offense moving well, so you should hold Gibson if you own him and target him if you don’t own him.
2. Sterling Shepard is the Giants top receiver, not Kenny Golladay
One of the hottest bust candidates of the summer Kenny Golladay is looking exactly that early on. And Shepard looked better than ever on TNF, with Daniel Jones constantly looking his way on 3rd downs, soaking up target after target (19 in 2 games) even helping Jones push the ball downfield not just as a safety blanket.
And this isn’t even news either, we saw this usage last year except now Shepard has Golladay and Barkley alongside him to take defensive attention away.
Two weeks in Shepard looks like one of the best late round/waiver wire steals of the season – he could easily return WR2 value and more if he can just stay on the field.
3. Daniel Jones might actually be fantasy relevant in 2021
In week 1 he was a borderline QB1 start and this week he looks to have secured a QB1 finish with a very interesting stat line of 22/32-249-1 in the air and 9/95/1 on the ground.
This is Jones best arsenal of weapons he’s ever had and he has looked much improved with zero interceptions and only one fumble on the season, and for someone of Daniel Jones talent when it comes to turning the ball over this is a huge leap.
We know he uses his legs well (423 yards rushing in 2020) but after 2 games he looks a a legit threat on the ground with solid enough passing stability to sustain some mid-high end QB2 value. He’s looking like an absolute steal in superflex leagues right now.
4. Terry McLaurin will be just fine whoever is at quarterback for WFT
He’s now had 7 different starting QBs, in his third season and for what it’s worth, Heinicke looked very solid and like he wants to take shots downfield often. But Mclaurin is just a stud and whatever happens to the Washington QB room, he will be fine for your roster as a low end WR1/high end WR2.
Don’t panic, Scary Terry is here to stay.