The Washington Redskins weren’t thrilled about what they got out of their running game in 2017. It’s hard to blame them, considering they ranked just 28th on the ground in 2017.
Washington has taken obvious measures to become more balanced and consistent on offense. It began with the trade for veteran quarterback Alex Smith and continued with the signing of slot demon, Paul Richardson.
The drafting of LSU stud rusher Derrius Guice was probably the cherry on top of an offensive upheaval that is sure to make the ‘Skins a more dangerous unit.
For fantasy football managers, though, the Guice bit is the most important part.
Chris Thompson is forever a scat-back option and won’t be a realistic threat for consistent early down work. Rob Kelley is a viable early down presence, but is more of the plodding variety. Samaje Perine isn’t without talent and could factor into the equation, but ideally he eventually pushes Kelley down the depth chart and ends up being insurance to the far more talented Guice.
So far, word on the street is Guice is in the driver’s seat to lead the show come week one. Per ESPN‘s John Keim, it would be surprising if he didn’t start.
The only real question was whether or not he’d be able to make an impact as a receiver out of the backfield.
Head coach Jay Gruden labeled that aspect of Guice’s game “exciting” to watch:
Gruden says watching Derrius Guice catch the ball has been exciting
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) June 6, 2018
That potentially alludes to the fact that Guice is exactly what the Redskins drafted him to be; a true feature back.
I still think CT steals work as a receiver and I doubt the Redskins will waste both Kelley and Perine completely, but they drafted Guice to give their running game a massive boost.
Nothing is set in stone yet, and that’s probably how fantasy team owners would prefer it until their fantasy football drafts roll around. The hype hasn’t fully arrived, as Guice can still be had in round three or later (per FFC) in most fantasy football mock drafts.
Considering that’s about when the top running backs are off the board and most league managers turn their focus to other positions, Guice is still looking like a solid value pick. If you can land him a bit later in your draft, all the better.