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Fantasy Football Trade Advice: Kyren Williams, D’Andre Swift, Brian Robinson Jr., Jahmyr Gibbs

Fantasy Football Trade Advice: Kyren Williams, D’Andre Swift, Brian Robinson Jr., Jahmyr Gibbs

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Here are all the players we’re trading this week. And below let’s take a closer look at trade advice specific to the running back position.

Fantasy Football Trade Advice

Players to Sell

Jahmyr Gibbs (RB – DET)

Jahmyr Gibbs is going to have an INCREASED ROLE. The rookie saw just seven carries for 17 yards. But the receiving role DID get a major boost from Week 1. Team-high nine targets (26%) for 7 receptions and 39 yards. 59% route participation and a 48% snap share.

Have to imagine Gibbs’ role will only increase based on the injury to David Montgomery (left game on the cart, 45% snap share). Craig Reynolds is the next guy up on the depth chart (waiver wire target). I don’t think we necessarily get Gibbs in an 80% snap role, so I think Reynolds has some strong streaming appeal. One of Reynold’s carries in Week 2 came at the 6-yard line. After Monty got hurt, Reynolds played on the next two first downplays. Strongly recommend adding him as he will have a decent role with Monty slated to miss several weeks. Galaxy-brain thought. Scottie Montgomery joined the Lions as assistant head coach/running backs in 2023, bringing 17 years of coaching experience throughout the NFL and college ranks. Montgomery comes to Detroit after spending two seasons as the running backs coach with the Indianapolis Colts….

Jonathan Taylor destination? Hmmm. Makes you wonder if they may add someone else. Gibbs is by no means a MUST-SELL, but I’m sure you could potentially get a hefty sum for him for managers expecting him to seize a crazy workload at sub-200 pounds. Reynolds fits the bigger Montgomery size at 216 pounds. I just find it hard to but the narrative that the Lions want to load up Gibbs with in-between-the-tackles carries when is body is not meant for it. Again, they want him to be their Alvin Kamara.

Brian Robinson Jr. (RB – WAS)

It was all Brian Robinson in Week 2. 18 carries for 87 yards and two TDs. But his snaps decreased dramatically to 52% with the Commanders in total comeback mode.

Antonio Gibson played 48% of the snaps but finished with just two carries (5 touches). Gibby saw slightly more receiving work (3 vs 2 targets) and ran more routes.

Even so, Robinson crushed his two catches for 42 yards. Continues to take advantage of his opportunities. However, the split snaps to suggest that Robinson could be game scripted out and that could leave his fantasy value for dead. Case in point, Robinson had 5 carries for 13 yards in the first half with Washington chasing points.

With Buffalo and the Eagles up next, I am afraid we may have reached a peak point with Robinson. He’s a sell for me.

D’Andre Swift (RB – PHI)

Hard to start anywhere but with Eagles running back D’Andre Swift, who had a career game on Thursday night football. He rushed for 175 yards on 28 carries, while adding in three catches for six yards on three targets. His 75% snap share tied for the third-highest snap share of his career. The 28 carries were the second-most he has ever had in his career. Only twice (including Thursday night) has Swift carried the ball 17-plus times over 42 games played. This usage was insane and was obviously fueled by the Kenneth Gainwell inactive status. Gainwell started Week 1, saw solid usage and was productive. But it was not nearly to the extent we saw Swift get deployed versus the Vikings, where the planets aligned for him in a short week. He barely played in Week 1 (two touches), so he had fresh legs. Boston Scott was second in command – 13% snap share, five touches – but he left the game due to a concussion. Rashaad Penny played a few drives with Swift catching his breath on the sideline, but still only played nine snaps with four touches.

All in all, this was the upside case for Swift in the Eagles offense. Although, part of running behind an elite OL that creates space like none other – 82 of Swift’s yards came BEFORE contact (47%) – comes with the caveat that Jalen Hurts is going to limit RB TD production with the unstoppable “tush push” at the goal line. But that’s being nitpicky. The real question is what to do with Swift now after his UNBELEIVABLE game.

For me it’s the perfect sell high situation. As I stated at the top, this type of usage was unlike anything we have ever seen from Swift or for an Eagles RB. Miles Sanders saw a 70-percent snap share once last season. Just twice in 2021 under head coach Nick Sirianni. I’m in the camp of believing that this type of workload is not in the Eagles’ long-term plan for Swift and that when Gainwell returns, Swift’s snaps will reduce dramatically. Now, I think Swift’s performance has changed the idea that Gainwell will dominate snaps like he did in Week 1, with Swift probably the 1A back. But unless he’s completely missing games, this is the ceiling spot for Swift. And that’s why he’s such a strong sell high after a massive game on prime time.

Recall that the Eagles head coach stated a day before the game that Swift’s role will vary from game to game. “He’ll be in that role sometimes where he carries the load for the game, and he’ll be in the role sometimes like he was in last game,”

So of course – me tuckering in fear as I failed to rank Swift highly enough in Week 2 – this was the spot to unleash Swift and have him carry the load. Short week. Gainwell out. Swift was fresh. And the Vikings defense was just begging for the Eagles to run. So, they did. But with a mini bye coming up, Gainwell should be back in the fold. And that puts Swift’s weekly role in ambiguity. We always knew that Swift was going to have his fair share of massive games in 2023. Even through the ups and downs in Detroit, he had massive games. But the usage was always suspect – as was Swift’s durability when his workload increased. And I don’t think that’s going to go away in Philadelphia. Keep in mind what’s coming up for the Eagles. Buccaneers. Commanders. Rams. Jets. Three of the four boast extremely strong defensive lines, nothing like Minnesota.

Sell high and if anything, buy super low on Gainwell, who might get dropped amid the Swift hype.

Kyren Williams (RB – LAR)

Cam Akers is dead to Sean McVay (as he is to me for that pointless field goal as time expired when I had SF – 7) Bruh. Chances are he is going to be traded anyway, so just excited to see this nonsense end.

Anyway, Kyren Williams was RB1, 10 targets, six catches for 48 yards and one receiving TD. 14 carries for 52 yards. Williams played 95% of the snaps. No other Rams RB had a carry. Ronnie Rivers played 5% of the snaps. Through two games, only Tony Pollard has more red zone carries than Williams.

Still, I am hesitant to fully buy into Williams being a consistent fantasy RB1. As I wrote last week, we have seen McVay throw RBs away like garbage. Remember Darrell Henderson? I also have long-term concerns with Williams based on the Rams OL, his size and recent injury track record. Think the best move is to cash out for maximum ROI.

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