Could a Redskins Running Back Not Named Derrius Guice Be Relevant?

Washington head coach Jay Gruden said Derrius Guice has yet to be cleared for contact as he continues to recover from a torn ACL and other complications. The Redskins have a handful of backs who have been serviceable at times in their careers, but this isn’t exactly a desirable offense. Our experts examine whether anyone could emerge from this backfield as a fantasy starter outside of Guice.

Which non-Guice Redskins RB has the best chance to contribute RB2 numbers?

STLCards: It’s the Redskins. They will use about six guys, and none of them will be consistent. Seriously, though, it has to be Adrian Peterson by default. To his credit, Peterson is saying all the right things, including that he wants to run for 2,000 yards again. Even one-third of that goal would be a positive year.

JoshADHD: I think it would either be Bryce Love (assuming he is healthy and ready to go this season) or Chris Thompson. We all expect WAS to be behind early and often, which logically leads us to Thompson as the beneficiary. If Dwayne Haskins becomes the full-time starter early in the season, Thompson is even more intriguing considering Haskins is not all that mobile.

Beermakersfan: I’m not expecting this offense to be very good and I don’t like targeting running backs from bad offenses. If the defense can be solid (which I think it will be) then Adrian Peterson can still be a workhorse and provide some usable weeks.

Chris Gimino: Adrian Peterson if you like 80 yards on 19 carries. I’d rather lose than play fantasy football this way, and I’m unlikely to go after Washington RBs.

JSURab: Adrian Peterson is for sure the next guy up. They have already talked about how they don’t want to increase Chris Thompson’s load. Peterson just makes the most sense from the standpoint that he should see all of the early-down and most of the goal-line work.

To find more Best Ball advice and analysis from our experts, check out the Expert Survey: Picks Edition, Expert Survey: Strategy Edition and the Expert Survey: Preseason News Edition.

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