Derrius Guice Injury Update Boosts Adrian Peterson Fantasy Outlook for Rest of Season

Derrius Guice on the sidelines in a Week 12 matchup against the Lions.
Derrius Guice on the sidelines in a Week 12 matchup against the Lions. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Injuries continue to derail Derrius Guice's young NFL career.

After missing his entire rookie season with a knee injury, Guice landed on IR again in Week 1 and didn't return until Week 11. And already, after just four games, he's landed on IR again with an MCL injury, ending his season.

Guice hadn't seen a huge workload, playing just 72 snaps across four games since his return, but he was incredibly effective. He racked up 227 yards on 32 carries (7.1 yards per carry), adding 59 yards on six targets.

His return had also seriously limited Adrian Peterson's workload. In the four games before Guice's return, AP ran the ball 18.8 times per game. That fell to 10.7 in the three full games Guice played, then jumped back to 20 in Week 14 when Guice got hurt.

Peterson's not the most exciting fantasy producer in the world, but the potential for 18-20 carries puts him in play if you need an RB2 or FLEX option. He averaged 12.0 PPR fantasy points per game in those last four without Guice, then scored 13.6 last week.

Unfortunately for Peterson and his fantasy owners, Week 15 and 16 bring stiff matchups for a back that doesn't catch passes.

The Philadelphia Eagles (Week 15) rank 16th against the pass but eighth against the run in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metrics, and the New York Giants (Week 16) rank 28th against the pass but 12th against the run.

Our Week 15 PPR fantasy football rankings have AP at RB34 with Guice on the shelf.

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