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The Washington Commanders had RB Brian Robinson in the backfield to open Saturday's 2nd preseason game against the Chiefs. Antonio Gibson worked in for 1 carry on the 1st drive, but his 2nd didn't come until Taylor Heinicke's 1st drive. Robinson carried 8 times before Gibson's 2nd rush. Washington also had Gibson back as kick returner to open the game. We'll see what coaches have to say afterward and whether anything changes for the final exhibition, but this is not great for Gibson's outlook. Expect Robinson to keep moving up fantasy football draft boards over the coming week.

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Commanders RB Brian Robinson Jr. carried 20 times in Sunday's win over the Packers but managed pedestrian 73 yards (3.7 per rush). Robinson added 2 catches for 13 yards on 2 targets, his first 2 of the season. RB Antonio Gibson chimed in 59 yards on 10 carries (5.9 per rush) and went 3-18-1 receiving on 4 targets while playing just 6 fewer snaps than Robinson. J.D. McKissic got on the field for just 12 snaps, catching neither of his 2 targets and rushing 12 time for 4 yards. Washington gets matchups with the Colts and Vikings the next 2 weeks, neither of which has boosted RB production so far this season.

NFL Network reports that Commanders RB Brian Robinson will start tonight's game against the Bears and serve as the "lead back." That's not a shocking move after he led Washington in carries in his 1st appearance last week. But it's good to get confirmation that Robinson will likely lead the position in playing time. We'd still bet on J.D. McKissic leading Commanders RBs in targets. Antonio Gibson is now rendered to mere handcuff status (and far from a "must keep"). Robinson still doesn't sit high in our Week 6 rankings, but the news raises his floor if he makes sense for your lineup.

Commanders rookie RB Brian Robinson checked in 3rd among the team's RBs in playing time in his 1st NFL action Sunday, but he immediately claimed the lead in carries. Robinson rushed 9 times for 22 yards in Sunday's loss to the Titans, tripling Antonio Gibson's 3 carries (for 6 yards). Gibson added 3 catches for 33 yards among 4 targets but also trailed J.D. McKissic in playing time and targets. McKissic caught 5 balls for 37 yards among 7 looks, which ranked 2nd on the team. Gibson looks like no more than a handcuff going forward -- and a weak one at that. Washington's running game hasn't been very good so far, and Gibson would still have to share receiving work with McKissic even if Robinson were to go down again. As for the rookie, we'd bet on his role growing from here. We'll see just how much receiving work he can claim. No Washington RB looks truly attractive for fantasy use at the moment.

Commanders RB Brian Robinson is officially active for today’s game vs. the Titans. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said this morning that the plan is for Robinson to play about 20 snaps – or about one-third of the game. We’d try to not use him in Week 5 fantasy lineups, but Robinson’s return is bad news for RB Antonio Gibson.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Commanders plan to play rookie RB Brian Robinson Jr. for about 20 snaps in his debut today against the Titans. That's roughly one-third of a game's worth of offensive snaps. We're betting on Antonio Gibson continuing to lead the backfield in playing time and touches today, but that sizable chunk going to Robinson -- plus the continued presence of J.D. McKissic -- lowers both the floor and ceiling for Gibson. He arrives as just RB19 in total PPR points for the season without Robinson involved to date.

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