Through two days of open practice with the Washington Football Team, Bryce Love has certainly looked quite promising in individual drills and full-squad work. The offensive backfield still needs to be sorted out — Antonio Gibson is someone else who could be primed for a lot of usage now that Derrius Guice is gone — but as HC Ron Rivera described, Love could very well carve out a huge role right away.
"He's a guy that's multi-dimensional," Rivera continued. "At Stanford, he didn't have to do a lot of routes and pass catching, but he's very capable and we're getting to see that. This is a guy that could be an every-down back for you. He's an explosive, dynamic player."
Even the story indicated it may be too much and too early to have all this love for Love. But he's certainly someone to watch. We continue to favor Gibson as the back to own on Washington. We rank Gibson 32nd among our RBs. Veterans like Peterson and Barber could see their share of early-season work until the younger players are up to speed.
From a fantasy perspective, the obvious winner here is Antonio Gibson, an exciting and versatile prospect that Ron Rivera compared to Christian McCaffrey on draft night. He averaged 15.6 yards per touch last year and led all skill position players in yards after contact per attempt. Adrian Peterson may begin the season as the RB1, and showed last year (211 carries, 898 yards in 15 games) that he's still capable of holding down the fort.
Guice missed his entire rookie season after suffering a torn MCL during Washington's 2018 preseason. Last season, he suffered two significant knee injuries that included a torn meniscus (during Washington's season-opener) as well as an MCL sprain that ended his season prematurely. In five games, Guice rushed for 245 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 5.83 yards per carry.
Something to keep in mind though is Gibson is one of John Paulsen's favorite rookie running backs to target Guice's injuries, Gibson's double-digit ADP and the fact that new HC Ron Rivera compared his skill set to Christian McCaffrey’s. He averaged 15.6 yards per touch last year and led all skill players in yards after contact per attempt (8.0). He’s built more like a running back, so it will be interesting to see what sort of role he’s able to carve out in his first season.