J.D. McKissic proved to be a valuable weapon in PPR last season, and we'll see if he can play at a high level once again this year. He's worth drafting with a mid-round pick in PPR and a low-end Fantasy option in non-PPR leagues. The good news for McKissic is Washington should continue to lean on him as a receiver out of the backfield in tandem with Antonio Gibson, and McKissic's 80 catches last year were second among running backs behind only Alvin Kamara (83). His 110 targets were first at the position. But the bad news for McKissic is the quarterback change from Alex Smith to Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Fitzpatrick won't lean on McKissic as much. Also, Gibson should improve in Year 2. We like McKissic as a PPR flex, but don't overvalue him based on 2020. He'll have the chance for 50-plus catches if things go right this season.
McKissic seemingly enters the upcoming season with a decent amount of job security as Washington's No. 2 running back, Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic reports. McKissic's solid work on passing downs makes him the top option behind Antonio Gibson, but that doesn't mean the former will dominate carries if Gibson gets injured. In the two games Gibson missed last season, McKissic averaged 12.0 carries for 59.5 yards and 5.5 catches for 37.0 yards, while Peyton Barber averaged 8.0 carries for 21.0 yards. Barber is still on the roster, along with fellow veteran backs Lamar Miller and Jonathan Williams and rookie undrafted free agent Jaret Patterson. None of the bunch is a lock for a roster spot, and it could be a wide-open competition for one or two jobs behind Gibson and McKissic. While McKissic's spot in the backfield may be secure, he isn't expected to see as much slot work this year, after Washington added Curtis Samuel, Adam Humphries and rookie third-round pick Dyami Brown in the offseason. Apart from Gibson missing significant time, it's hard to see how McKissic would even approach last year's total of 110 targets.
McKissic finished the 2020 season with 85 carries for 365 yards and a touchdown and 80 catches for 589 yards and two TDs on 110 targets. His long gain among 165 touches went for only 29 yards, but McKissic otherwise had a career year, establishing personal bests for carries, rushing yards, receptions and receiving yards. He's under contract with Washington for one more season, though it's possible his role is scaled back if Antonio Gibson shows progress as a pass catcher throughout spring and summer. McKissic will turn 28 in August, and he's scheduled for a $1 million base salary in 2021.
McKissic carried twice for no yards and recorded five catches for 30 yards in Sunday's 20-14 win over the Eagles. Antonio Gibson took on more work in his second game back from a toe injury, handling 20 touches and a 59 percent snap share. McKissic still managed to tie Terry McLaurin for the team lead in targets, and Washington may need to use its scatback more this weekend in a wild-card game against the Buccaneers and their fearsome run defense.
McKissic rushed the ball four times for 15 yards in Week 16 against the Panthers. He added eight receptions on 10 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown. Game script benefitted McKissic, as Washington quickly fell behind 13-0. That allowed him to excel as a receiver, with his best play coming on a 29-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter. Even with uncertainty at quarterback and the return of Antonio Gibson, McKissic has continued to produce and has combined for 133 receiving yards across his last two games. He and Washington will draw a Week 17 matchup against the Eagles.
McKissic rushed 13 times for 51 yards and secured nine of 10 targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in Washington's 20-15 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. Facing the team he spent the first three seasons of his career with, McKissic was heavily involved during what was a second straight absence for Antonio Gibson (toe). The veteran easily paced the backfield in carries and rushing yards, and he was second only to Logan Thomas in receptions on Washington. McKissic's six-yard touchdown grab with 7:16 remaining qualified as his first score of the season as well, and he now has three games with at least nine catches on the campaign. McKissic once again figures to enjoy a solid role in a Week 16 matchup against the vulnerable Panthers defense, irrespective of whether Gibson suits up for the contest.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|
|2||09/16||New York Giants||16||17.50|
|5||10/10||New Orleans Saints||2||13.00|
|6||10/17||Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.32|
|7||10/24||@Green Bay Packers||27||20.33|
|10||11/14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||12.30|
|13||12/05||@Las Vegas Raiders||29||22.38|
|18||01/09||@New York Giants||16||17.50|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||42||193||0||38||274||1||52|