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NFL Draft Blind Comparisons: Derrius Guice (Fantasy Football)

by Mitchell Renz | @mitchellrenz365 | Featured Writer
Feb 13, 2018

Which team would provide the most favorable landing spot for Derrius Guice?

Playing second fiddle to Penn State running back Saquon Barkley in fantasy football and the 2018 NFL Draft is LSU running back Derrius Guice. Guice isn’t the elite prospect that Barkley is, however, he is a talented running back who probably will go in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

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Since rookie running backs have been tearing up the NFL the past two seasons, I’ve been asked a lot on Twitter @MitchellRenz365,”what’s a good NFL comparison for [insert player name]?” It’s a great question considering how elite rookie running backs have been. This is why I wanted to write an NFL comparison article for Guice, which you can check out by clicking here.

Guice is being overshadowed and somewhat swept under the rug this draft season due to the hype around Barkley. We need to learn from the last two seasons to not only have googly eyes for the top running back because you can find value at the running back position late. Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette were both drafted fourth overall in the NFL Draft, but we can’t forget how great the rookie running backs drafted after them were.

Jordan Howard finished second with 1,313 yards in 2016, Kareem Hunt led the NFL in rushing in 2017 (1,327), Christian McCaffrey led running backs in targets (113), and Alvin Kamara had 14 total touchdowns.

There isn’t much argument for Barkley at the 1.01 in dynasty drafts, but there is some controversy over the 1.02. Perhaps my blind comparison on Guice will make that choice at the 1.02 a little less challenging.

To avoid the trolls of the internet when comparing players to current or past NFL players, I use blind comparisons. I’m an advocate of blind comparisons because it’s an effective method to ensure impartiality and avoid bias.

Below is a tweet from my personal account @MitchellRenz365 of three running backs. One is Guice, one is a current NFL running back, and one is a free agent.

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