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Washington squeaked out a win here, but after re-watching it…it’s not a game the Redskins could be all that proud of. I’d say the Cardinals outplayed the Redskins for the most part. Washington was gifted a TD off an early turnover to start the game, and then later a basic screen pass to Kapri Bibbs (2-6-0, 4-47-1/4) was turned into a 36-yard catch & run TD. Outside of those two gifts, Washington did very little on offense, and credit an aggressive/still trying Cardinals defense.
On offense, the Cardinals were competent enough to get into scoring position five times but they couldn’t get themselves a TD…instead settling for five field goals in a 20-15 loss.
Neither QB passed for over 190 yards. The Redskins ran the ball 20 times for 31 yards…it was pretty much a mess.
Neither team is going anywhere, but to the naked eye -- it seemed like Arizona is still trying and the Redskins…not so much.
Fantasy Player Notes…
-- It’s all about the RB situations with these two teams for Week 16…
Kerwynn Williams (17-61-0) has been the non-exciting main ‘workhorse’ back in place of AP, and it’s been a yawn. Williams has a quad injury coming from this game, and judging by what the Cards have done with personnel this week…I don’t think Williams is going to play, so the door just opened. But for who?
D.J. Foster (4-22-0/9) is the main guy in the passing game out of the backfield but he doesn’t seem to have a lot of support as a runner. Honestly, he’s just not that good. He is built and trained for specific role…a passing game RB. He’s doing so on a struggling offense with revolving doors at QB. Foster is nothing special as an athlete so he’s struggling to get open and when he does…there’s not going to be magic after the catch.
Elijhaa Penny (10-45-0, 0-0-0/1) took a pretty big workload in this game, for him, but wasn’t much but running straight ahead with little ‘pop’. A 4.8+ runner out of Idaho…in other words, a stiff. Just ‘slow’ and ‘size’ coming at you…with no blocking as Arizona has lost half+ of it’s starting O-Line.
I don’t love the outlook for any of these guys with Arizona right now, but if they face a hampered NYG defense without middle linebacker B.J. Goodson…one of them might be plausible. I think more Foster for PPR because he might get forced 5-10 carries with Kerwynn out.
I’m a big Samaje Perine (14-37-0, 2-29-0/2) fan but he has little chance with Trent Williams out, and the remaining top OLs all banged up. I would have said Perine is a not-so-great option but hopeful this week versus Denver, but then Perine got hurt in practice this week with a groin injury…and could miss this weeks game.
If Perine is out…then it’s Kapri Bibbs’ (2-6-0, 4-47-1/4) ball game most likely.
Let me pitch why Bibbs could be interesting for Week 16…
Bibbs was a star, for one year, out of blue, at Colorado State…where he played just one season and rushed for 1,741 yards and 31 TDs, #1 in all the NCAA in rushing TDs that season. He ran slow at the NFL Combine (4.67 40-time and later a weak 7.50 three-cone at his Pro Day). However, Bibbs did have a higher-end 1.58 10-yard time at the Combine…he has a quick initial burst and he’s strong, a little bulldog type runner…a VERY poor man's Kareem Hunt.
Bibbs wasn’t drafted but was given a tryout by the hometown Broncos. Bibbs made the Denver practice squad in 2015 and got into one game that season. In 2016, he made the opening day roster and didn’t play much but in Week 10, he took a screen pass for a 69-yard TD and got noticed. He worked more touches and seemed to be quasi-taking over the following three weeks but then was hurt and went on IR.
In 2017, Bibbs was traded on draft day to the 49ers. He didn’t make it there and bounced around and found a home with Washington because of all their RB injury issues. Now, here he is.
Bibbs has caught 6 passes in the NFL…he’s taken two of them for 35+ yard TDs. He has a nose for avoiding tacklers and finding the end zone. He’s not bad, and he may be getting a full start versus…the team that sent him packing to SF -- he could get a start versus the Denver Broncos. Extra motivation on top of the fact that he’ll be playing for his career, in a sense if he gets this shot. I wouldn’t bet against him.
If Perine is down and out for the season…Bibbs works week 17 vs. NYG too.
-- Josh Doctson (2-16-0/4) isn’t showing me anything. I hear the hype. I liked what I saw in college. He can catch. He has athleticism. I get it. It’s just…I think he’s got Breshad Perriman and DeVante Parker disease…he’s S-A-W-F-T.
College talented and pro ‘scared’.
I’m not sure I’m right about that but my Spidey Senses are tingling on it.
-- Speaking of that Arizona defense… Here are the offensive points they’ve allowed their last 7 games since their BYE week: 10-22-31-17-25-7-20 (18.9 per game)…including facing the Rams, Seahawks, and Jags in there.
The Giants in Week 16 may be their easiest test since the faced C.J. Beathard in Week 9, where they held the 49ers to 10 points on the road.
Snap counts of Interest…
32 = Perine
15 = Bibbs
04 = Daniels
31 = Foster
30 = Kerwynn
21 = Penny