Derrius Guice Fantasy Football News 2019

The "tentative plan" is for Redskins RB Derrius Guice (knee) to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Falcons, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's big news after we heard just last week that Guice wasn't yet cleared for game action. We'll see what he does and how he looks on Thursday, which will be his 1st action since tearing his ACL in last year's preseason opener. A healthy Guice would be the favorite to lead Washington in carries this season.

Redskins HC Jay Gruden said Tuesday that RB Derrius Guice (knee) still hasn't been cleared to play in games. He's been practicing since the start of training camp, but this is a reminder that he's still not at 100%. We'll see if Guice is able to play in Washington's 3rd exhibition. Regardless, he figures to be eased back in early on this season.

A month ago, we had an NFL.com writer calling Adrian Peterson the "lead dog" in the Washington backfield. Now, Kareem Copeland of the Washington Post seems to agree. Copeland wrote this week that RBs coach Randy Jordan expects a 60-40 work split between Peterson and Derrius Guice "one way or the other." He then added that Peterson "likely will be named the starter." Perhaps that's just speculation based on Peterson's solid performance last year. But it all at least indicates a lack of certainty on the roles in Washington. A healthy Guice leads in upside here, though, and his ADP has fallen to the bottom of RB3 territory. Taking shots on either or both RBs here makes sense for fantasy football drafts. We'll keep watching the situation through camp and the preseason.

Redskins RB Derrius Guice has avoided the PUP list to open training camp and will not be limited, HC Jay Gruden said Wednesday. It's excellent news after Guice suffered a hamstring injury a few weeks ago that was said to have him questionable for the start of camp. Gruden described the injury as a "tweak" and confirmed that it's not a concern now. "He's in good shape," Gruden added. Guice, of course, still needs to put last August's torn ACL behind him. If healthy, though, he has the talent to emerge as Washington's clear lead back. Guice has become a potential value at his 7th-round, RB33 ADP.

Washington RB Derrius Guice suffered a hamstring injury a few weeks ago that has him questionable for the start of training camp, according to Erin Hawksworth of 106.7 The Fan. It's not clear how significant the injury is, though it's hard to imagine a serious ailment staying quiet for a few weeks at this point. The situation is obviously more worrisome given that Guice is coming off an ACL tear that cost him his rookie season. We'll see when he becomes available in camp and how he fares beyond that. Fortunately, Guice was going just 34th among RBs in best-ball drafts on PlayDraft even before this news. So you don't need to invest too heavily if you want to take a chance now.

There were whispers that the Redskins' selection of Stanford RB Bryce Love in the 4th round of the draft was a bad sign for RB Derrius Guice's recovery from last year's torn ACL. HC Jay Gruden said Saturday that that isn't the case and that Guice is on track to be "full-go" before training camp. He reportedly needed 4 surgeries on the injured knee -- 1 to repair the ligament and 3 more to address an infection. Guice's status will be 1 of the bigger storylines in fantasy football come August. Love, of course, is also recovering from a torn ACL suffered in December. He told reporters that he's hoping to be ready at some point during training camp.

Redskins HC Jay Gruden said Tuesday that RB Derrius Guice (knee) is on track to participate in individual drills in OTAs and be a full-go for training camp. Guice tore his ACL last August and reportedly needed 4 surgeries -- the initial repair and 3 more to address an infection. The 2-year, $5 million deal Washington handed RB Adrian Peterson earlier this month suggests there's at least some concern about Guice's status. But, if healthy, he's the heavy favorite to operate as the lead back this year. We'll continue to keep a close eye on his rehab.

RB Adrian Peterson is re-signing with the Redskins on a 2-year deal. The future Hall-of-Famer exceeded expectations (as usual) last year, pumping out his 8th 1,000-yard campaign on a decent 4.2 yards per carry. Ideally for Washington, Peterson will be a lightly used backup behind Derrius Guice in 2019.

Update: Peterson's deal is for $8 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. We're curious to see more details on the contract, but this initial reports makes it look like the 'Skins envision a significant role for AP. Perhaps there's concern about Guice's rehab from last year's torn ACL, which has required multiple surgeries.

Redskins RB Derrius Guice needed 3 additional surgeries on his knee to address an infection that developed after the surgery to repair his torn ACL, the Washington Post reports. Guice referred to the procedures as "flushes" to drain fluid from the knee. He has no timetable for a return to the field -- although he's still hoping to be ready by early summer. Guice's rehab will be 1 of the biggest fantasy storylines this offseason.

An MRI on Redskins RB Derrius Guice's injured left knee revealed a torn ACL, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Ugh. That'll end the rookie's season after a buzz-worthy spring and summer. It's worth noting that this is the same knee that Guice hyperextended at LSU last year, although it's unclear if that had anything to do with the ACL. The silver lining here is that Guice will have over 12 months to get ready for the start of the 2019 campaign. Washington is now back to Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine as early-down backs. Neither is an inspiring option. Kelley is averaging 3.9 yards per carry through 2 NFL seasons, while Perine mustered just 3.4 as a rookie last year. Kelley ran ahead of Perine in Washington's preseason opener on Thursday night, so consider him the favorite to lead the Redskins in carries for now. But the situation will be worth watching over the next month. Neither guy figures to reach beyond RB3 status, though. RB Chris Thompson will continue to dominate passing-down work in this backfield.

The initial diagnosis on Redskins RB Derrius Guice's injured knee is a sprained MCL, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie is undergoing an MRI today to get more details. The severity of the sprain will determine exactly how long he's sidelined. We'll pass along another update when we get one. Rob Kelley played ahead of Samaje Perine in Thursday night's preseason opener, making him the favorite to serve as Washington's early-down back if Guice misses regular-season time.

Washington RB Derrius Guice left Thursday night's preseason opener with a left knee issue. He was seen standing on the sideline after getting the joint checked, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the rookie will have an MRI Friday. We'll check out the results of that before reacting in our fantasy rankings. Guice dealt with nagging left knee trouble over his final season at LSU.

Receiving ability is the biggest on-field question for Redskins rookie RB Derrius Guice. He totaled just 32 catches across 3 seasons at LSU, topping out at 18 last year. But he's impressed in that facet this spring. "Any questions about his ability catching passes are over," insider JP Finlay writes. HC Jay Gruden, meanwhile, said "it's been very exciting" watching Guice in the passing game. Chris Thompson figures to remain Washington's primary pass-catching back this season. But if Guice can even tally 25-30 receptions, he'll have a shot to out-produce his current RB21 ADP.

The Redskins stopped LSU RB Derrius Guice’s slide, taking him with the 59th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Guice reportedly slipped due to a bad pre-draft process which included missing meetings and workouts. Off-field stuff aside, he’s a borderline 1st-round talent. Guice was uber-productive on the ground for the Tigers, totaling 3,074 yards and 29 TDs on a 6.5 yards-per-carry average over the past 3 seasons. He ripped off 7.8 yards per carry across 2015 and 2016 in the same backfield as Leonard Fournette, who averaged 6.5 in those 2 seasons (although Fournette played through an ankle injury in 2016). Guice dealt a knee injury last year and saw his yards per carry dip to 5.3. When healthy, though, this guy is a explosive, tenacious runner who’s drawn Marshawn Lynch comps. The biggest question with Guice is his pass-catching ability. He caught just 32 balls over the past 3 seasons — although it’s worth noting that this current LSU offense doesn’t use its RBs in the passing game. Fournette, for example, totaled 40 receptions in 3 college seasons and then caught 36 balls as a rookie. This is a nice landing spot for Guice, who will only need to beat out Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley for the lead ball-carrying role. RB Chris Thompson will continue to dominate the pass-catching work.

 
 
 

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