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What's Going to Happen in the Washington Backfield? - Footballguys

The Footballguys staff offers thoughts on the Washington running back situation

Washington has one of many backfields where the roles are not clearly defined. Since running back is one of the most important positions in fantasy football, it's wise to get as clear a picture as possible on every backfield.

The assumption in Washington is that the rookie Derrius Guice is going to swoop in and take control. Is that your expectation? What is Christ Thompson's role? Does Samaje Perine do anything if a healthy Guice is around?

Bloom: The backfield is going to be Derrius Guice on early downs and Chris Thompson in passing situations. Thompson will continue to be a best-ball darling and weekly high-ceiling PPR RB2 with durability issues. Guice's ceiling is capped by Thompson, but still higher than most think. Washington's offensive line was in shambles last year, and they have had probably among the five worst collections of backs in the league for bread and butter running in the last two years. The team still creates a lot of red zone opportunities, and who knows how much meat is on the bone in the running game that Kelley/Perine/Jones couldn't chew in 2016 and 2017. Guice deserves to be the second highest drafted rookie running back and his ceiling is in Jordan Howard territory.

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