James Gilbert
Running BackRB
Kansas State Wildcats
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gilbert, a graduate transfer from Ball State, has some big shoes to fill as he follows up Alex Barnes' 2018 season with 256 carries for 1,355 yards and 12 touchdowns. His experience will be something the team needs as he has a 1,000 yard rushing season of his own with Ball State in 2016. The new coaching staff has already hinted at running more of a committee approach with North Carolina transfer Jordon Brown and Louisville transfer Harry Trotter, but Gilbert should be the primary guy in a run-heavy offense. Read Past Outlooks
Totals 115 yards in loss
RBKansas State
October 5, 2019
Gilbert rushed for 94 yards on 18 carries while also logging two catches for 21 yards in Saturday's loss to Baylor.
ANALYSIS
Gilbert has double-digit carries in four of his last five games which proves that he is the lead back for the Wildcats who have a heavy run-oriented offense. The two catches were his first of the season. It hasn't all been positive for the transfer back as he also has three fumbles in his last two games, just one that ended up in a turnover. Kansas State is on a bye next week before hosting TCU.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Gilbert worked in a timeshare with fellow running back Darian Green last year, with Green earning most of the passing down work and Gilbert taking up the short-yardage and goal-line work. Gilbert's eight touchdowns from last year are a matter of some intrigue, but it's generally hard to see fantasy upside here given Green's presence and superior rushing efficiency (5.0 YPC in 2015 compared to Gilbert's 4.0 YPC).
The Cardinals may be heading for another middling season, but Gilbert alone makes them a team to watch. As a sophomore in 2016, Gilbert finished second in the MAC behind Kareem Hunt in rushing yards (1,332) and his 12 rushing touchdowns tied him for the lead in the conference. Though he's compact at 5-8, 200, Gilbert showed he's capable of shouldering a full workload last season with 251 carries over 12 games (20.92 per game), which ranks 5th among returning backs in the nation. Gilbert should see heavy volume once again this season as the centerpiece of Ball State's run-heavy attack, and while he'll be a focal point for opposing defenses, Gilbert should once again end the season as one of the MAC's top backs
Gilbert was cheated out of the majority of his 2017 season after suffering a season-ending thumb injury in early September, but he appears to be primed for a bounce-back year following an outstanding 2016 campaign (1,332 rushing yards and 12 scores). He figures to be handcuffed by Caleb Huntley, who took advantage of Gilbert’s absence last season and rushed for 1,003 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games. Aside from rostering two extremely capable backs, Ball State’s offense will also benefit from the return of Riley Neal, who went down with a leg injury a season ago. Despite the Cardinals running a fairly balanced offense (53.11 percent run percentage, 61st in FBS), Gilbert’s injury history could make him a risky fantasy play for the upcoming season.
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TD vs. Oklahoma State
RBKansas State
September 28, 2019
Gilbert rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries in Saturday's loss at Oklahoma State.
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Leads Wildcats in carries
RBKansas State
September 14, 2019
Gilbert rushed for a team-high 59 yards on 17 carries in Saturday's win at Mississippi State.
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Posts second 100-yard game
RBKansas State
September 7, 2019
Gilbert rushed for a team-high 103 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries in Saturday's win over Bowling Green.
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Leads Wildcats backfield in Week 1
RBKansas State
September 1, 2019
Gilbert rushed for a team-high 115 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in Saturday's win over Nicholls.
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Officially named starter for Week 1
RBKansas State
August 26, 2019
Gilbert is listed as the starting running back for Week 1 against Nicholls on Saturday, Kellis Robinett of The Wichita Eagle reports.
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