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Adrian Peterson expected to play in Week 12, Chris Thompson less likely

The Washington backfield is banged up, which could bode well for second-year back Derrius Guice. We break down the fantasy football implications heading into Week 12.

Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice and running back Adrian Peterson warm up before the game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Jets at FedExField. Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Washington running back Adrian Peterson is questionable this week with a toe injury, but he is expected to play on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Peterson sat out Wednesday and Thursday’s practices, but returned in limited fashion on Friday.

Meanwhile, the team is not optimistic about passing game back Chris Thompson, according to Schefter. He is dealing with an on-going turf toe injury and got in three limited practice sessions this week.

Fantasy football analysis: RBs Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice

Considering AP is banged up, this could open the door for Derrius Guice to reclaim the starting role he had in Week 1. Guice tore his meniscus in that game, and finally returned last week from injured reserve. He split work with Peterson, but was the slightly more effective back. Peterson is likely to retain the starting role for now, but given his balky toe, it’s possible head coach Bill Callahan is willing to give Guice more touches.

Although AP likely will be announced as the starter, Guice is looking like the better fantasy running back this week. He’s still barely a flex in most leagues, but if you’re short-handed, he’s the guy to start.