Winner No. 2
Antonio Gibson - Commanders RB
It's been an indifferent season for Antonio Gibson up to this point. The running back is playing second-fiddle to Brian Robinson Jr. as expected, with his ball security issues also coming up to cast further doubt on his future with the Washington Commanders once the player's contract expires next spring.
The talent where Gibson is concerned cannot be questioned. The former third-round selection demonstrated this to full effect in Week 9 at the New England Patriots, displaying the sort of dual-threat ability that makes him an intriguing weapon in Eric Bieniemy's expansive offensive scheme.
Gibson arguably benefitted from Curtis Samuel's absence more than most. He also looked fiercely determined to take advantage of every carry and target en route to his best performance of the 2023 campaign.
The one-time Memphis standout gained 34 rushing yards on just six carries. Gibson also became a dependable presence in the passing game, securing all five of his targets for 42 receiving yards - bringing his yardage to 76 in total.
Much like Emmanuel Forbes' production on the defensive side of things, this was a major step in a positive direction for Gibson. One that could result in the player featuring more heavily moving forward.
Robinson will still get the bulk of carries despite his costly fumble at Gillette Stadium. But it's Gibson's productivity in the passing game that brings hope for optimism with Bieniemy calling the shots.