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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1Saquon Barkley (NYG)RB
2Melvin Gordon (LAC)RB
3Derrick Henry (TEN)RB
4Tyreek Hill (KC)WR
5Julio Jones (ATL)WR
6Chris Carson (SEA)RB
7DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)WR
8Jamaal Williams (GB)RB
9JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT)WR
10Travis Kelce (KC)TE
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11Sony Michel (NE)RB
12Joe Mixon (CIN)RB
13C.J. Anderson (LAR)RB
14Dalvin Cook (MIN)RB
15Damien Williams (KC)RB
16Nick Chubb (CLE)RB
17T.Y. Hilton (IND)WR
18Robert Woods (LAR)WR
19Marlon Mack (IND)RB
20Gus Edwards (BAL)RB
21Mike Evans (TB)WR
22Julian Edelman (NE)WR
23Elijah McGuire (NYJ)RB
24Keenan Allen (LAC)WR
25David Johnson (ARI)RB
26Adam Thielen (MIN)WR
27Zach Ertz (PHI)TE
28Jeff Wilson (SF)RB
29Brandin Cooks (LAR)WR
30Peyton Barber (TB)RB
1Mike Trout (LAA)CF,DH
2Mookie Betts (BOS)CF,RF
3Jose Ramirez (CLE)2B,3B
4J.D. Martinez (BOS)LF,RF
5Nolan Arenado (COL)3B
6Max Scherzer (WSH)SP
7Francisco Lindor (CLE)SS
8Christian Yelich (MIL)LF,CF
9Ronald Acuna (ATL)LF,CF
10Trea Turner (WSH)SS
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11Chris Sale (BOS)SP
12Manny Machado (FA)3B,SS
13Jose Altuve (HOU)2B
14Alex Bregman (HOU)3B,SS
15Jacob deGrom (NYM)SP
16Bryce Harper (FA)CF,RF
17Aaron Judge (NYY)RF,DH
18Trevor Story (COL)SS
19Giancarlo Stanton (NYY)LF,RF
20Paul Goldschmidt (STL)1B
21Freddie Freeman (ATL)1B
22Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
23Javier Baez (CHC)2B,3B
24Justin Verlander (HOU)SP
25Corey Kluber (CLE)SP
26Andrew Benintendi (BOS)LF,CF
27Kris Bryant (CHC)3B,RF
28Gerrit Cole (HOU)SP
29Anthony Rizzo (CHC)1B
30Aaron Nola (PHI)SP
1Anthony Davis (NOR)PF,C
2James Harden (HOU)PG,SG
3Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)SF,PF
4Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)C
5Kevin Durant (GSW)SF,PF
6LeBron James (LAL)SF,PF
7Stephen Curry (GSW)PG,SG
8Nikola Jokic (DEN)PF,C
9Damian Lillard (POR)PG
10Russell Westbrook (OKC)PG
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11Victor Oladipo (IND)PG,SG
12Paul George (OKC)SG,SF
13Joel Embiid (PHI)PF,C
14Kawhi Leonard (TOR)SG,SF
15Chris Paul (HOU)PG
16Jimmy Butler (PHI)SG,SF
17Kemba Walker (CHA)PG
18Kyrie Irving (BOS)PG,SG
19Ben Simmons (PHI)PG,SF
20Jrue Holiday (NOR)PG,SG
21Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
22Andre Drummond (DET)PF,C
23John Wall (WAS)PG
24Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
25Khris Middleton (MIL)SG,SF
26Donovan Mitchell (UTH)PG,SG
27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
29Draymond Green (GSW)PF,C
30LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)PF,C
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