Dynasty Dilemma: Jahmyr Gibbs
It was quite the surprise to everyone that Jahmyr Gibbs was selected 12th overall by the Detroit Lions. Most mock drafts out there had only one running back (Bijan Robinson) going in the first round. In fact, there was a ton of speculation as to where Gibbs would end up. The most common rumor was the Philadelphia Eagles leaving the NFL Draft with Gibbs as part of their roster. I find it kind of funny how that didn’t happen, but the Eagles actually traded for D’Andre Swift, who Jahmyr Gibbs was drafted to replace. That was certainly an entertaining situation to watch unfold. Anyhow, I’m here to give you my thoughts on if you should consider trading for Gibbs in Dynasty, or if you should think about selling him.
REASON TO BUY
Jahmyr Gibbs has all the tools to be a successful running back in the NFL. It starts with his burst. He has an extra gear that most running backs don’t, meaning he has the ability to leave his opponents in the dust when he hits the open field. You combine that with his superb vision, and you have yourself a deadly weapon on offense. He is an absolute threat to take it to the house each time he touches the ball.
His value only increases in PPR Leagues. Gibbs has been compared to Alvin Kamara, which I consider a great NFL Comp. I see a little of Austin Ekeler in him as well, which only makes all of these comparisons wonderful. If he can average between 6-8 receptions per game, he will be a top tier PPR asset.
REASON TO SELL
This one is obvious. After seeing how Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift were used in this offense, is it safe to say that we could see the same type of usage with David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs? I mean, Montgomery is a very good running back, and he is still only 25 years old. For comparison’s sake, Jamaal Williams was 27 last year when he finished as the RB13 by putting up 226 fantasy points compared to 191 points from D’Andre Swift, who finished as the RB21. Swift did miss a couple of games as well. Just like Jamaal Williams, I say that David Montgomery could lead the NFL in touchdowns this coming season.
So here’s the question, should Montgomery be considered a high end RB2 or potentially even a back end RB1?
I say yes.
Should Jahmyr Gibbs be considered more of an RB2 instead of an RB1?
Again, I say yes.
Detroit just doesn’t produce fantasy RB1s. In fact, the last time the Lions had a running back finish inside the top 12 was way back in 2013 when Reggie Bush finished as the RB9. So we’re going on ten years now, and the Lions have two legit running backs to feed. Detroit seems to really like what they had last season using that two running back committee. So, with Montgomery and Gibbs sharing this backfield, I see no reason for them to change anytime soon.
If you selected Gibbs in your Rookie Draft, then you were probably picking between the 1.05-1.07. That means you were middle of the pack and almost made it into your fantasy playoffs. We all know, if you have the right players in the playoffs, you have a strong chance of making a deep run. So, if I’m a Gibbs owner, I’m looking to see if I can sell high and get a player like Christian McCaffrey, CeeDee Lamb, AJ Brown, or possibly Josh Jacobs straight up for him. In my opinion, as long as Montgomery is in the picture, those players should give you a better chance of winning a fantasy championship than Gibbs.
Unfortunately, I think that Gibbs owners will get frustrated at times, just like the D’Andre Swift owners were. Like I said, you’re really close to getting into the playoffs, so I would strongly consider trading Gibbs if you can get the right player or players in return. If you can get an elite asset that scores over 300+ fantasy points per season like McCaffrey, Lamb, Brown, or Jacobs you have to consider it. Gibbs may be more of a 200-240 player with Montgomery in the fold. With all that being said, DO NOT trade him unless you get an elite or top tier player in return.
Bob Miller founded Dynasty Pros in 2018 after spending several years writing and ranking for various websites. With playing fantasy football for over 25 years, he is very experienced in a variety of different formats including Dynasty, Redraft, IDP, Devy, & Best Ball. Bob is especially passionate about IDP, as he has developed the Dynasty Pros IDP Scoring System that is used by thousands of IDP Leagues today. His sole mission is to help people win a Fantasy League Championship.