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Report: Adrian Peterson expected to start over Derrius Guice in Week 11

The Washington backfield is not an ideal fantasy football setup. We break down the latest news.

Washington running back Adrian Peterson leaves the field following the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Washington welcomes back running back Derrius Guice in Week 11 as they prepare to face the New York Jets. However, Adrian Peterson will get the start over the second-year back, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport.

Guice started for Washington back in Week 1, and Peterson was inactive for the game. Then head coach Jay Gruden felt Peterson’s up-the-middle rushing approach was not something they needed right away, and so Guice and Chris Thompson were the primary backs.

Guice tore his meniscus in the game and had surgery that landed him on injured reserve. Peterson took over as the starting running back moving forward and has mixed in a few solid games. Gruden has since been fired and replaced in the interim by Bill Callahan, who believes in 1920s smashmouth football.

Fantasy football analysis: RBs Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice

This is a solid matchup against a bad Jets defense, but it’s hard to know what fantasy production either running back will have. I would not be surprised to see Guice eventually become the starter again, but Callahan strikes me as the kind of guy to stubbornly stick with Peterson as the lead back initially. AP is worth a start, while you should take a wait-and-see approach with Guice this first weekend back.