Washington Football Team Depth Chart
- NFC East
- FedEx Field
- Head Coach
- Ron Rivera
- Offensive Coordinator
- Scott Turner
- Defensive Coordinator
- Jack Del Rio
- Special Teams Coach
- Nate Kaczor
- Defensive Scheme
The Washington Football Team signed running back Jonathan Williams and cornerback Corn Elder to one-year deals on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed. Williams and Elder will remain with Washington through the 2022 season. Williams, 27, played in just five games in 2021 and had 17 carries for 79 yards and one touchdown while also catching four passes for an additional 28 yards in the passing game. Antonio Gibson, J.D. McKissic and rookie Jaret Patterson were ahead of Williams on the RB depth chart, so it's no surprise that he didn't see the field much. There's a chance that Williams could move up the depth chart if McKissic goes elsewhere in free agency, but Williams still wouldn't be attractive in single-year fantasy leagues.
Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic, who will be a free agent this offseason, said there's mutual interest in him returning for 2022. "They want me here and I want to be here. We just got to get something done," McKissic said. McKissic missed the last the last six games of the regular season due to a neck injury, and it remains to be seen if he'll return to D.C. next year with Jaret Patterson potentially taking on a bigger role behind lead-back Antonio Gibson. But McKissic was one of the team's most versatile playmakers in 2021 before his injury, carrying the ball 48 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns while adding 43 catches for 397 yards and two TDs through the air. In the last two years, McKissic has 123 receptions for 986 yards and four TDs as a pass-catcher.
Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson collected 146 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown while backup Jaret Patterson only had six carries. Washington was up for most of the game and were by no means intimidated by the New York Giants' Jake Fromm-led offense. Nevertheless, it's still encouraging that when Gibson is healthy, he's clearly viewed as the team's workhorse back and who the offense would ideally run through. There's a chance that many variables may change in Washington for the 2022 season, but depending on what happens, the sophomore runner could be a top three round pick. However, for Dynasty, Washington may continue to struggle to find a quarterback, and they've shown a lack of trust in Gibson's ball security as well. Therefore, although Gibson holds immense value, it may be wise to sell high on him during the offseason.
Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin sits just 40 receiving yards away from a second consecutive 1,000-yard campaign, a mark which he can reach during Sunday's regular-season finale vs. the Giants. When the two sides first met in Week 2, McLaurin scorched the Giants' defense, accumulating season highs with 14 targets and 11 receptions (with 107 yards and a touchdown to boot). McLaurin has been held under wraps as of late, not having scored a touchdown since Week 11, going the same amount of time without a 100-yard performance. He stands to once again serve as the focal point of the Washington passing game, which does wonders for his DFS upside. McLaurin remains a must-start for any season-long managers still playing for a title as well.
Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson (hip) put in a full practice on Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation into the Week 18 regular season finale against the New York Giants. Gibson missed the Week 17 game due to COVID-19, so it's possible that he doesn't see his usual large workload in a meaningless game to close out the season. Rookie Jaret Patterson stepped up in Gibson's absence last week, too, going for 57 yards and a touchdown on a season-high 12 carries while also adding five catches for 41 yards. However, Gibson is also 109 yards away from the 1,000-yard mark on the year, so Washington could ride him hard if he's 100%. The uncertainty drops him in the rankings to more of an RB2 for the finale.