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Washington has released RB Peyton Barber. He remained a thorn in RB Antonio Gibson's side throughout the 2nd half of last season and even stole some 1st-team, short-yardage work this preseason. So his departure is a slight bump for Gibson. Rookie Jaret Patterson looks like Washington's #3 RB behind Gibson and J.D. McKissic.

Washington’s RB usage was similar in Week 2 of the preseason to what we saw in the opener. RB Antonio Gibson played 13 of 23 snaps (57%) with the 1st-team offense. But he was pulled for RB J.D. McKissic in obvious passing situations. Per NBC Sports’ John Daigle, Gibson has played just 1 of 9 3rd downs through 2 preseason games; McKissic has played 7. Gibson has racked up 5 targets on 24 preseason snaps, so Washington is clearly scheming him the ball in the passing game. But he’ll need to take over that 3rd-down role in order to hit his ceiling this season.

RB Lamar Miller has re-signed a 1-year deal with Washington, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Miller joined the team in the middle of last December but never hit the field. He turns 30 in April and will just be insurance behind RBs Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic in Washington.

Washington RB Antonio Gibson (toe) is inactive for today’s game against the Seahawks. He returned to practice on Friday and seemingly has a shot to play next week. J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber will continue handling backfield duties today.

Washington QB Alex Smith (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. So it'll be Dwayne Haskins back under center. Haskins has been more aggressive than Smith this season (6.6-yard vs. 5.7-yard average depth of throw) but less accurate (60.8% completion rate vs. 66.4%). We'd consider the move from Smith to Haskins a wash for WR Terry McLaurin and TE Logan Thomas but a downgrade for RB J.D. McKissic.

Washington feels "pretty good" about QB Alex Smith's chances of playing against the Seahawks on Sunday, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Smith isn't expected to practice much this week to get that injured calf a chance to heal. He's not much of a fantasy option, but Smith's availability would be good news for WR Terry McLaurin and the rest of Washington's offense.

Washington RB Antonio Gibson (toe) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game vs. the 49ers. He might be looking at a multi-game absence with his turf toe. Peyton Barber figures to lead Washington’s backfield in carries this weekend but would be a desperation fantasy play. J.D. McKissic will dominate the passing-down work and also mix in for some rushing work.

Washington RB Antonio Gibson's status for Sunday's game is "in doubt" due to a "painful case of turf toe," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Gibson will be evaluated throughout the week, but fantasy owners shouldn't bank on having him in Week 14 lineups. His absence would leave the backfield to Peyton Barber and J.D. McKissic.

Washington has released RB Adrian Peterson. It’s a surprising move after the future Hall-of-Famer ran with the 1st-team offense all summer. Running alongside Peterson with the starters was rookie Antonio Gibson, who now looks like the clear favorite to lead Washington’s RBs in touches this season. Peterson’s release also makes RB Bryce Love a more intriguing late-round fantasy pick. Check out the updated projections for Washington's backfield.

The Athletic's Ben Standig writes that Washington RB Bryce Love "isn’t a threat for work initially." Love's camp got off to a buzzy start, but he's been quiet lately. "He is still shaking off the rust after not practicing since suffering a torn ACL at Stanford in Dec. 2018," Standig writes. He projects Adrian Peterson, Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic to start the season ahead of Love on the depth chart. We remain intrigued by Love's talent in a still-unsettled Washington backfield. But he's just a bench stash in deep fantasy leagues and a waiver-wire watch-list guy in shallower setups.

Lions RB Ty Johnson has cleared the concussion protocol, according to multiple reports. The team has removed him from the injury report, clearing the way for Johnson to play against the Cowboys. That means he and J.D. McKissic will split touches, and that neither is likely to help your fantasy football lineup much

Lions RB Ty Johnson (concussion) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Cowboys. He put in a full practice on Friday, though, so he’s trending toward getting cleared by Sunday. Johnson’s presence would take RB J.D. McKissic out of fantasy consideration.

Lions RB Ty Johnson was knocked out of Sunday's game in Chicago with a concussion. His absence leaves Detroit with RBs J.D. McKissic and Paul Perkins.

The Lions have activated RB Paul Perkins from the practice squad. He was signed in mid-September and waived a month later before landing on Detroit's practice squad. Perkins sports a career 3.6 yards-per-carry average and figures to slot in as the #3 RB behind Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic. It's excellent news for Johnson if this is the only move the Lions make at RB.

Lions RB Kerryon Johnson will be placed on IR after undergoing a procedure on his injured knee, HC Matt Patricia announced on Tuesday. The team hopes to get Johnson back this season, but he's out until at least Week 16. So he can be dropped in redraft leagues. We'll see if Detroit adds anything to its backfield, but for now it'll be Ty Johnson as the lead back and J.D. McKissic as the change-of-pace. Johnson has a shot at RB2 value the rest of the way and is a priority add off waiver wires this week.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Lions RB Kerryon Johnson is expected to miss "some time" with his knee injury. "For now, Johnson will be called week to week," Schefter adds. That's the only update we've gotten on Johnson today, so we're still somewhat in the dark here. We can at least say that Johnson will miss Sunday's game against the Giants. That'll leave Ty Johnson as Detroit's lead back and J.D. McKissic as the #2.

Lions RB Kerryon Johnson suffered a knee injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Vikings and is questionable to return. We'll pass along an update when we get one. Johnson's absence leaves Detroit with RBs Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic.

Seahawks RB J.D. McKissic suffered a Jones Fracture in his foot in practice, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Schefter adds that McKissic is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks, but we've seen this injury cause long-term complications. McKissic was battling C.J. Prosise for a pass-catching role in Seattle's backfield but obviously won't be an early-season factor now.

The Seahawks selected San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny with the 27th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Wow — this is the 1st real shocker of the night. Not only did Seattle use a 1st-rounder on Penny, but they selected him ahead of Derrius Guice, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Penny had a massive 2017 campaign, racking up 2,248 yards and 23 TDs on a 7.8 yards-per-carry average. That followed 7.5 yards per carry on 136 totes playing behind Donnel Pumphrey in 2016. The knocks against Penny are in the passing game. He totaled just 42 catches over the past 3 years (including 19 last year) and struggles in pass protection. The 1st-round investment likely means Seattle views Penny as a 3-down back, though. And he doesn't have much competition in a backfield that includes only Chris Carson, C.J. Prosise, Mike Davis and J.D. McKissic.

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