Would You Rather: Own Derrius Guice, Adrian Peterson or Samaje Perine in Fantasy Football

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Injuries were the theme of last season for the Washington Redskins' offense. Second-round pick Derrius Guice had to put his first NFL season on hold after tearing his ACL in the first preseason game.

Samaje Perine was the next man up, but he was then abruptly injured. Instead, it was veteran Adrian Peterson that locked down the backfield last season, but with everyone coming back healthy, the fantasy backfield scene could be tough to figure out.

The player earning Jay Gruden's praise early in OTAs is Perine. But with Guice returning healthy and Peterson also possessing a similar skill set, it would be difficult to earn touches at the typical halfback role. That's why Perine could find himself playing fullback.

Gruden has noted that Perine has gotten even stronger this offseason, so this could be a great role for him to help this offense. Unfortunately, it likely won't lead to enough touches to be viable in most fantasy leagues.

At 33 years old last season, Peterson still rushed for more 1,000 yards. He had a true bounce-back season, averaging over 4.2 yards per carry. Peterson also averaged more than 15 carries per game last year, but he likely won't see much more than 10 per game this upcoming season. Peterson is a talented runner, and he will get his share of touches, but he will likely become the fantasy handcuff to a healthy, younger Guice.

Guice is expected to be fully healthy at the beginning of the season. So while they may start him off slow, there seems to be relatively little risk in this area. We must not forget that many regarded him as one of the most talented running backs in last season's draft.

Guice ran for more than 1,200 yards in his junior season at LSU and 1,300 in his sophomore year. Look for him to bring the same electric running style to the NFL and finish the season with RB2 fantasy potential.

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