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NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Recap: Washington Commanders vs. Chicago Bears

Chicago, Illinois, USA; Washington Commanders running back J.D. McKissic (23) runs against the Chicago Bears during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

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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Washington Commanders @ Chicago Bears

The Commanders' new starting running back: A week after making his NFL debut, Brian Robinson took over for Antonio Gibson as the Commanders' starting running back

  • 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.
Table Notes
  • 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.

Table Notes

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.

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