After missing his entire rookie season with an ACL tear, Derrius Guice made it through only 23 snaps in Week 1 before landing back on the IR with a meniscus tear.
He was officially activated on Thursday while the Washington Redskins are on bye in Week 10, providing a sudden boost for his fantasy football outlook for the remainder of the season.
Washington's commitment to running the ball in losses may not be great for its record, going just 1-8, but it is good for the fantasy value available for its running backs.
Adrian Peterson has double-digit fantasy points as well as 18-plus carries in three of the last four games, and his 75 carries in that stretch are the sixth-most in the NFL.
Washington also looked set to feature Guice heavily in Week 1. Peterson wasn't playing, and Guice racked up 10 carries and three receptions on his 23 snaps. That versatility in the passing game makes his value especially strong, as AP is often taken off the field on passing downs, and hasn't caught three passes in any game this year, averaging just 1.0 receptions on 1.3 targets.
There's a chance Guice gets eased back into things, as we saw in the preseason, but already being active with a full bye week to practice and get up to speed is encouraging.
His first two matchups back are also good ones, taking on the New York Jets in Week 11 and Detroit Lions in Week 12. That Lions matchup is particularly appealing, as he'll have had even more chance to work back up to speed, and the Lions have allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs.
Guice's upside as a workhorse is high enough that he's worth adding to your fantasy football roster immediately and stashing on the bench until he's full-go.
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