Washington is in their bye this weekend, but they made a big roster move on Thursday. The team formally activated running back Derrius Guice off the injured reserve list. He will be eligible to play when Washington hosts the New York Jets in Week 11.
Guice suffered a knee injury in the regular season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles and was subsequently placed on IR after surgery on a torn meniscus. The NFL has a policy where up to two players placed on IR after final roster cuts can be returned during the season. They have to sit out at least the next eight games, but are allowed to return to practice before that eighth game. Guice has been practicing since October 28th.
Fantasy football analysis: RB Derrius Guice
It remains to be seen what Guice’s role will be in Washington’s offense, but it raises questions for fantasy owners. In Week 1, Guice was starting and Adrian Peterson was inactive. Since Guice’s injury, Peterson has been the team’s starter with Chris Thompson the passing game back. Thompson is dealing with his own injury, having missed the last three games with a turf toe injury.
The Washington offense has struggled, although Adrian Peterson has had a decent run over the past month. Guice’s return likely reduces AP’s value without sufficiently raising Guice’s short term fantasy value. Thompson retains value in the passing game, but even he’ll take a hit with Guice. Given how bad Washington is, this does not bode well for fantasy owners.