One of the hottest topics after the Thursday night opener besides Kadarius Toney‘s drops (sorry Toney) was Jahmyr Gibbs. Gibbs looked explosive whenever he got the ball in his debut. The problem was he only touched it a total of 9 times. This type of usage was infuriating for Jahmyr Gibbs fantasy owners but the Lions gave us an indication that this would be the case.
Before the season started head coach Dan Campbell indicated that Gibbs would be eased into his role with the Lions. It’s a smart move on the Lions part so he doesn’t get too overwhelmed with the pro game. Fellow running back David Montgomery received a majority of the touches including a go-ahead rushing touchdown. While this was aggravating for Gibbs owners it’s important to be patient with him.
We all could see that Gibbs was the more explosive back and when you look at the stats, they back that up. Gibbs averaged 6.7 yards per touch including a game-high 18 yard run. In contrast, Montgomery averaged just 3.5 yards per touch and lacked explosiveness. We expected to see speed from Gibbs but he also had 6 broken tackles in the game.
Gibbs owners should stand pat as his usage will start to ramp up. It’s only a matter of time until he gets a majority of the touches. When that happens you can expect big-time results for your fantasy team.