• Brian Robinson starts and scores: The Commanders' rookie RB made a miraculous return last week and become the clear top rusher for Washington tonight.
• Khalil Herbert’s big play: Herbert notched a 64-yard carry but couldn’t finish the drive with a touchdown, as the Bears continued their usual running back rotation.
• Commanders injuries: Washington had three skill players inactive with injuries and another two who saw significantly reduced time for not being 100%.
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- The rookie took a clear majority of early-down snaps in the first half, basically taking the same role Gibson had played earlier in the season and last year.
- J.D. McKissic continues to play fewer early-down snaps than he did earlier in the year or last season, as some of those snaps went to Gibson.
- Robinson started the second half, but Gibson came in for a drive and was more effective than Robinson had been all game.
- The Commanders seem to want Robinson to be the primary rusher, and he should receive double-digit carries each game. He should at least be on fantasy rosters.
- He is still available in over 50% of leagues at ESPN and should be picked up.
- Gibson can be dropped in most leagues, as he is just a handcuff to Robinson at this point. There are better handcuff options because they can be three-down backs, while Gibson will only be a two-down back unless there are two injuries.
Monitor the Commanders’ third receiver spot: Jahan Dotson missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury.
- Cam Sims and Dyami Brown split time as the third receiver last week, with Brown scoring two touchdowns.
- Brown was limited on the short week with a groin injury. He was active but played a much smaller role than he likely would have had he been healthy.
- Brown can be left on the waiver wire in the vast majority of leagues, but there is still a chance he makes an impact this season if Dotson or another receiver misses more games this season.
Monitor the health of the Commanders' tight ends: Logan Thomas missed his second straight game with a calf injury.
- Both John Bates and Cole Turner split playing time last week. They saw the same number of routes, but Bates was in for more plays as a blocker.
- Bates injured his hamstring during pre-game warmups, but this wasn’t announced until after kickoff. He did not play in the game.
- This allowed Turner to function as the team’s main tight end, with Armani Rogers playing in two-tight end sets.
- Ideally, Thomas and/or Bates are healthy with the extended time off. If not, Turner should only be an option in very deep leagues.
The Bears’ evolving wide receiver depth chart: A combination of Bears players have been hurt and are coming back from injury, and the situation will continue to change.
- Darnell Mooney and Equanimeous St. Brown have been locked into the top two wide receiver spots all season.
- St. Brown had a 12.5% target rate and 1.06 yards per route run heading into the game, and his 0 targets tonight only decreased those numbers.
- At some point, someone else steps up as the second receiver.
- Dante Pettis served as the third receiver tonight as he has most of the season. He caught the first touchdown of the night on a 40-yard play.
- Velus Jones Jr. is a third-round rookie who made his NFL debut last week with three snaps.
- Chicago got Jones involved early, as he split time with Pettis in the first quarter and tallied an 8-yard run.
- Former Patriot N’Keal Harry was activated off injured reserve but was ultimately inactive for this game.
- Former Chief Byron Pringle is on injured reserve for at least the rest of the month, but he could also come back this season.
- The offense needs to get much better to support a second fantasy-relevant wide receiver, but any one of these players could get there at some point this season.
Monitor the health of Justin Fields: Fields ran the ball 12 times. He was sacked five times and was slow to get up or clearly in pain several times throughout the game.
- The fact that he kept playing throughout the game and the Bears have extended time off is a good sign Fields will be fine for Week 7, but it’s a situation worth monitoring nonetheless.
- Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.
- Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.
- Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.
• Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.
• Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.
• Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.