Adrian Peterson Fantasy Value Climbs Following Derrius Guice Injury Update

Jason Schandl
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The excitement over Derrius Guice's health for the 2019 season was short-lived. After missing his entire 2018 rookie season with a knee injury, Guice was back for only one regular season game before another knee injury forced him to the sidelines.

This one isn't expected to cost him an entire season, but it's still expected to be a multi-week absence for the sophomore running back.

Washington Redskins Depth Chart

With Chris Thompson healthy, the Washington Redskins essentially have two different running back positions — a rusher and a receiver in the backfield.

So while Adrian Peterson was a healthy scratch and Thompson had 10 touches in Week 1, it's Peterson that sits behind Guice on the depth chart, and Peterson who stands to benefit in a big way from the absence.

AP ranked fifth in the NFL with 251 rush attempts as Washington's lead back in 2018, and while Thompson did miss some time, Peterson's splits with and without Thompson showcase just how different their roles are. His numbers with Thompson in the lineup had him on a 16-game pace to finish just five carries short of his actual total.

At 34 years old, Peterson isn't nearly as efficient as he once was. That doesn't matter much for fantasy football purposes, as long as he's still getting fed big volume though. Last year he finished as fantasy football's RB16 in standard scoring and RB19 in PPR scoring.

His next couple matchups are tough, taking on the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2 and Chicago Bears in Week 3, but things quickly soften up after that, with his following three games including matchups with the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins.

Volume alone is enough to keep Peterson in the conversation as a possible flex play in these tough matchups, and we have him at RB32 in our Week 2 fantasy football rankings for standard scoring leagues. Even if you don't want to start him now, he's still worth adding to your bench in advance of his schedule softening up.

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