If anything can be said about the Bill Callahan era in Washington, its that he’s enjoyed getting Adrian Peterson the football. In the four contests the team has played since the head coaching swap, Peterson’s averaged 18.8 carries and 20.0 touches per game for a team that seems more invested in getting fans home quickly than actually winning. It’s a philosophy that’s easy to mock, yet Callahan’s thought process on limiting opponent possessions and shortening scripts does hold some water — especially with rookie QB Dwayne Haskins now entrenched as the Redskins’ starter for the rest of the season. However, when it comes to Peterson’s fantasy prospects, it seems dubious that the high-wire act he’s been enacting will be viable for much longer.
Despite the veteran’s elite-level of volume, Peterson actually only managed 13.75 DKFP per game dating back to Washington’s Week 6 victory over the Dolphins. Plus, a whopping and unsustainable 80% of those points are yardage based. Peterson’s caught a paltry five passes in that aforementioned span, while he’s been unable to score a touchdown with the Redskins averaging an embarrassing 8.8 points across their past four contests. Callahan’s unwavering inclination to send Peterson barrelling head-first into the defensive line countless times per afternoon is literally the only thing keeping the 34-year-old running back slightly noteworthy in fantasy terms and that strategy might no longer be a one-man pursuit. Derrius Guice is set to make his 2019 debut in Week 11 against the Jets and Callahan has already started that he envisions “quite a bit of action” for the former second-round pick.
Fantasy Football Analysis, Washington Redskins RBs Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice
Without even touching on the committee concerns with Guice returning, New York’s run defense is stout enough to scare me off of Peterson. The Jets are allowing an NFL-low 2.81 adjusted line yards per carry and an AFC-low 81.9 rushing yards per game, despite the fact that they’ve faced the 10th most opponent rushing attempts per contest (27.2). Two RBs splitting carries and snaps in a tough matchup is already very unappealing. Toss in Washington’s inability to score and I’m incredibly apathetic to this entire backfield.
Sit Peterson. Sit Guice.