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Running Back, Washington Redskins

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Draft: 2018 Round 2 (27)
College: Louisiana State
Ht: 5’10”  Wt: 212 DOB: 1997-06-21 Age: 21
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#15 4 3.08

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2018 (Projected) WAS   234 1,077 4.6 6   34 255 7.5 1 175.2  

2018 Outlook
Depth Chart
The ground game under head coach Jay Gruden has been nothing short of atrocious, as the Redskins fielded one 1000-yard rusher since Gruden took the helm of the team in 2014. Robert Kelley flashed some upside in 2015 with 704 yards and six touchdowns in 2014 but failed to stay healthy and lacked the durability required to be a first and second down back in the NFL. Matt Jones failed to secure the starting role primarily due to a fumbling problem and Samaje Perine underwhelmed with a 3.4 yard per carry average as a rookie in 2017.

Not surprisingly, the Redskins addressed their woes at the running back position with the selection of LSU RB Derrius Guice with the 59th pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Guice, a consensus first-round pick who fell to the second round based on vague off-field issues, rushed for 3074 yards and 29 touchdowns in three seasons with the Tigers. His gaudy 6.5 career yards-per-carry average was higher than fellow LSU starter Leonard Fournette, and he lacked the injury concerns that plagued Fournette in his time at Death Valley.

Guice enters 2018 as the likely first and second down starting running back for Gruden and the Redskins, with 225 touches and goal line work well within reach. Assuming he can return to form after a gruesome leg injury, third down and passing game specialist Chris Thompson will eat into Guice's value in the receiving game.

Ball security is often an issue for Jay Gruden running backs, as former promising running backs like Matt Jones and Silas Redd failed to earn the trust of the Washington coaching staff because of fumbling issues. Although Guice did not have what would be called a fumbling problem at LSU, his fumbling rate of one fumble per 100.6 touches placed him in the middle of the pack compared to other 2018 rookies (Saquon Barkley fumbled once every 193 touches). If Guice can protect the ball and average a respectable 4.0 yards per carry, he will likely finish as a top 20 fantasy running back in 2018.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Derrius Guice
RB2RB2 Chris Thompson
RB3RB3 Samaje Perine
RB4RB4 Rob Kelley
RB5RB5 Kapri Bibbs
RB6RB6 Byron Marshall
RB7RB7 Keith Marshall
Redskins Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Role for Guice: first and second down
Jay Gruden comments on rookie RB
By: Mike Krueger | Thu May 10, 10:00 am

Washington Redskins
“He has some improvement to do in the pass pro, without a doubt, and I think he'll be the first one to tell you,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “That’s something that sometimes in college, with only 20 hours of practice a week, some of the fundamentals as far as pass-blocking sometimes gets swept by. “He's more of a first-, second-down banger. But I've seen him at his pro day catch the football. He can catch the football fine, but really, our role for him is quite easy to see. It’s first, second down.” (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Head coach Jay Gruden's comments on his rookie running back are telling. It appears Derrius Guice will be locked into a first and second down role with Chris Thompson assuming the majority of third-down work. This will cap Guice's upside but should still make him a viable RB2 for fantasy purposes.

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