Jahmyr Gibbs officially on the fantasy football hot seat

The Detroit Lions rookie has scored double-digit fantasy points just once in four games.
Jahmyr Gibbs looks on against the Atlanta Falcons.
Jahmyr Gibbs looks on against the Atlanta Falcons. / Kevin Sabitus/GettyImages

The Detroit Lions handily defeated the Green Bay Packers 34-20 at Lambeau Field Thursday night, but it wasn't the prettiest game for fantasy football players. The usual suspects - Amon-Ra St. Brown, David Montgomery, and Sam LaPorta - dominated for the Lions, while most Packers struggled.

Christian Watson saved his 2023 debut with a one-yard touchdown reception, giving him a modest 10.5 fantasy points on the night. Luke Musgrave caught one pass for one yard before leaving with an injury, while Romeo Doubs scored 18 fantasy points for the third time in four games. Aaron Jones had a very disappointing five carries for 18 yards, and his one catch for minus-four yards didn't help that.

Although Jones just returned from a hamstring injury on a short week, Lions rookie Jahmyr Gibbs has been equally disappointing in fantasy football so far. Gibbs has crossed the double-digit fantasy point threshold just once this season; his 12.6-point Week 2 effort was largely buoyed by his seven catches for 39 yards. Last week, Gibbs rushed 17 times for 80 yards but only managed a two-yard catch to supplement that.

Upon his return, Montgomery was able to amass a whopping 32 carries for 121 yards and three scores on the ground, leaving the remedial work to Gibbs. In addition, the former Chicago Bear caught two passes for 20 yards, while his teammate caught four for only 11 yards.

Gibbs is yet to handle 20 touches in any game so far this season, and his Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons was the only time he's had more than 15. Unless the 21-year-old starts scoring - which is unlikely as long as Montgomery keeps getting the red zone snaps - it's hard to envision a world where he's more useful than he is now as long as he remains in this timeshare.

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The Alabama product entered Week 4 as fantasy football's RB26, which places him below the likes of Miles Sanders, Zack Moss, Roschon Johnson, Tyler Allgeier, Kyren Williams, James Conner, and Jerome Ford. Right now, Gibbs hasn't made good returns on his fantasy managers' investments that saw him drafted as RB12 over the summer. If Gibbs' situation doesn't rapidly improve soon, it might be time to cut your losses on the prized rookie.