Former LSU standout Derrius Guice is now planted on injured reserve with a torn ACL and the Redskins are back in the market for a running back. Headlining the list of visitors who will reportedly make a trip to Washington in the near future is 2012 NFL MVP Adrian Peterson, two-time first-team All-Pro Jamaal Charles, and the Giants’ reigning rushing leader, Orleans Darkwa. It’s hard to accept that Darkwa might actually be the best of this bunch at this stage in their respective careers — after all, the Tulane product averaged 4.4 yards a pop behind a terrible Giants line last year — but any of them would warrant fantasy consideration if one were to leave the nation’s capital with a contract in hand. I say this for two reasons. First, neither Samaje Perine or Rob Kelley, the two current leading candidates for early-down carries, averaged more than 3.4 YPC in 2017, making neither an immovable object atop the depth chart. And second, Washington’s line is arguably a top-10 unit leaguewide. Led by tackle Trent Williams and guard Brandon Scherff — who both finished the 2017 campaign as top-10 players at their positions, per Pro Football Focus — this group has the potential to make any runner look good. Add in the fact that the team’s passing offense could get back on track with a healthy Jordan Reed in the fold, and it isn’t out of the question for someone to emerge as a legitimate RB2 option in deeper formats. We now just have to wait and see if any of them will get a chance to be that guy. In the meantime, here’s what else is happening around the league on a quiet Sunday in August:
Tonight was the second “Beat Chris Liss” draft, a 12-team NFFC Online Championship with the standard rules: 1-QB, 2-RB, 3-WR, 1-FLX, 1-TE, 1-K and 1-D. It’s full PPR and with 10 bench spots. It’s a $350 entry league, $1500 for first place, and $110,000 for first in the overall competition. I drew the first pick (with third-round reversal.)
Ten teams took the field Friday night for their second preseason games, leading to an interesting mix of standout performances, the advancing of position battles, and one key injury. There were also some health updates on notable skill players from a few training camp sites, making it quite the news day and night. With a lot to sift through, let’s jump right into the latest as the regular season draws ever closer!
As we roll into the second week of preseason action, plenty has developed since our last Thursday update: Per esteemed colleague Juan Carlos Blanco’s column we were informed that Derrius Guice will miss all of 2018 with a torn ACL, Roquan Smith finally consented to become the final first-round rookie to sign with his team, and Browns coordinators Todd Haley and Gregg Williams had an explosive confrontation on the second episode of Hard Knocks. As for today, however, let’s run through the major headlines from training camp around the league, and then discuss some of the highlights from the first set of Week 2 preseason matchups: