Rushing Through the Redskins Back Field – Fantasy Football
By: Matt Bradley @mattjbrad910
Washington’s back field situation isn’t one that you should have to depend on for your fantasy football team. Three players having a history of injury problems and the 4th being a 34-year-old veteran. However, with injury comes opportunity for others to step up and help your fantasy football team in tight pinches. Here are the guys to keep an eye on in Redskins’ Training Camp.
Guice was selected 59th overall in the 2nd round of the 2018 NFL draft. The LSU product pops when you watch him on film, but we were all robbed of watching him last year as he tore his ACL before playing a single down in the NFL. This year, the Redskins re-signed Adrian Peterson and drafted Bryce Love; which on the surface, brings worry about Guice and his injury, but Peterson looks to be there to help Guice ease into his role, while Love is still recovering from his own ACL tear and will take a “red shirt” season this year. Guice will challenge to be the lead back for Washington sooner rather than later. If Guice stays healthy this season, he will excel in early down work. However, he will need to improve his pass catching skills in order to become a complete 3-down back. His upside may be limited, even if healthy.
2019 Projection: 746 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns, 25 receptions, 214 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown
The Redskins brought back Adrian Peterson on a 2yr, $8 million contract. Peterson showed last year that he still has plenty in the tank as he rushed for over 1000 yards in 16 games during the 2018 campaign. Peterson also stated he wants to have another 1000 yard rushing season in 2019. If Guice isn’t ready to go for the season, Peterson is going in the later rounds of drafts. Which for a guy who is looking like he’ll be the starter in Washington, is great value for any fantasy football team.
2019 Projection: 516 rushing yards, 3 rushing touchdowns; 13 receptions, 106 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown
Chris Thompson, who has recovered from his rib and ankle injury from last year, may be the only running back heading into training camp knowing what his role is with the team. Pass catching. JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington says, “Thomspson is a lock for the third down work as Guice and Peterson split early down work.” Which in turn, would leave very little carries for Thompson. Thompson always excels when he’s on the field, showing his capability as a PPR option. While Thompson’s role may seem secure, it’s not a guarantee that he plays all 16 having missed 6 games in both of the last two years. Considering the fact that his contract is up at the end of this season, the team seems to have drafted a potential replacement for Thompson in Bryce Love. But for now third down is the Chris Thompson show in D.C.
2019 Projection: 233 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown; 49 receptions, 382 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns
Drafted in the 4th round of this year’s draft, Bryce Love looks to show why he was in the Heisman talks his Junior year at Stanford. However, that will more than likely have to wait another season as he is recovering from a torn ACL in December and is taking a “red shirt” season. Love can catch the ball out of the back field and with Thompson’s contract up at the end of the year, he’s more of a dynasty stash than a redraft option, and a guy to remember for next year.
Washington’s running back coach said in June that early down work would be split from 50/50 to 60/40. Leaving 3rd down to Chris Thompson. Peterson looks to get the 60% of carries early on in Washington as they bring Guice along slowly. However, Peterson will eventually see less carries as the season progresses. As a team that is rebuilding they will see what they have in Derrius Guice. When either of the two start, they should be considered as a solid RB2. Chris Thompson provides a lot of value in the passing game. However, that’s looking like the only role he’ll have for the team as he won’t get much early down work. Thompson looks to be a guy who you can add off the waiver wire during the season and able to play him when bye weeks hit.
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