Don’t be sad that the fantasy football season is over; be glad it happened in the first place. However, if you are among the many football enthusiasts who play dynasty-format fantasy football, you know the season never truly ends. So while we might be staring down the barrel of the NFL offseason, there’s plenty to be done as a dynasty manager. Between now and the beginning of training camp is when champions are made. This week, guest Pat Fitzmaurice joins Jon and me to discuss our dynasty risers and whether there is anything to the recent Antonio Gibson hype. 

NFL News & Notes

Antonio Gibson Breakout Year?

Earlier this week, Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera said RB Antonio Gibson “could play a key role” for the team in 2023. He followed it up by stating that he wants Gibson “more involved” in the offense. Between Rivera’s comments and new offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy’s dynamic schemes, there is reason to believe that the RB27 from 2023 could finally live up to expectations. 

Given the Commanders parted ways with fellow RB J.D. McKissic this offseason, it appears Gibson, a former college WR, could be in line to become the main pass-catching back in Washington. Bienemy’s offense in Kansas City last season saw veteran RB Jerick McKinnon go off in the back half of the season in a similar role, landing as the overall RB5 from Week 12 through Week 17. Could Gibson mirror that type of production all season long in Washington?

Is Slant Boy Back?

The technically correct answer to “Is Michael Thomas Back?” is yes. The oft-injured veteran WR will suit up for the New Orleans Saints in 2023, though no one knows how long. However, according to Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, Thomas can still be a 100-catch receiver in 2023.

There was a time when no one would have questioned Loomis’ statement on Thomas. He notched 100 or more catches in three straight seasons between 2017 and 2019. In that span, his worst fantasy finish was as the overall  WR5 in 2017. However, we haven’t seen Thomas put together an entire season since 2019 due to a myriad of soft tissue and ankle injuries. In the past three seasons, Thomas has played ten games. If he can manage to play a full season, can he catch lightning in a bottle and return to the late 20-teens MT, or has his time come and gone? 

Dynasty Risers

Winning in fantasy football is all about hopping on a player at value before their cost skyrockets. So this week on Dynasty Diehards, we brought our favorite dynasty risers to the table and let you know why you should try to acquire them before they get too pricey. 

Check out this week’s episode to discover why you should invest in these fantasy assets in 2023. 

For more on NFL news and the implications in dynasty format fantasy football, as well as our complete discussion about our dynasty risers and why Michael Thomas is more dud than stud these days, make sure to download this week’s episode of Dynasty Diehards.

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