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Derrius Guice practicing, on track for Week 11 return from injured reserve

A potential starting running back could re-join Washington in a couple weeks. We break down the fantasy football implications of Derrius Guice’s return timeline and waiver wire considerations.

Washington running back Derrius Guice runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 8, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Washington is having an awful season, but they are expecting a talent infusion soon. The team has welcomed injured running back Derrius Guice back to practice, and he is eligible to return to game action in Week 11. Head coach Bill Callahan told the media on Monday that Guice continues practicing and is on track for a Week 11 return, according to beat writer JP Finlay.

Guice suffered a knee injury in Week 1 and went on injured reserve a few days later. The team had deactivated Adrian Peterson for that first game. Guice got the start and finished with 18 rushing yards and 20 receiving yards. He had the most touches in the game in spite of leaving early with the injury. He had knee surgery that following week.

Washington faces the Buffalo Bills in Week 9 and then has a bye in Week 10. They return in Week 11 with a home game against the New York Jets.

Fantasy football analysis, RBs Derrius Guice, Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson

Washington’s offense is a mess, but Peterson has actually managed to be pretty decent back in spite of that. Over the past three weeks he’s rushed for 275 yards on 57 carries (4.8 yards per carry), and has even added four receptions for 45 yards. The Bills matchup provides a big test for AP.

Thompson is dealing with a turf toe injury and has missed two straight games. The team is hoping to get him back for Week 9, but if not, he’d seem a sure bet to return for Week 10.

Guice is only owned in 29.2 percent of fantasy football leagues. He’s a guy to jump on even if we don’t know what Bill Callahan might have in mind for him. Guice is the future, or at least the guy Washington hopes is the future. Callahan is not the future at head coach, so maybe he just sticks with the veteran out of basic stubbornness.

All that being said, Guice is worth rostering.