Rookie Faceoff: Draft Derrius Guice Instead of Rashaad Penny
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Coffee or tea? Boxers or briefs? PPR or Standard? These are the age-old debates that define us. Over the coming weeks, our writers will add a few more to this list. That’s right — it’s rap-battle season. First up, Neil Dutton and John Lapinski square off in a battle all too familiar to those who have the second pick in rookie drafts. Be sure to check out John’s opposing viewpoint. While the first player being selected in dynasty rookie drafts is almost unanimously Saquon Barkley,1 the second player is more open to debate. I faced this dilemma in a recent draft after my less-than-stellar play in 2017 “earned” me the second pick. With Barkley’s selection at No. 1 a foregone conclusion, I was forced to make a choice between the two next best running backs, namely Derrius Guice and Rashaad Penny. I went with Guice, and I think all owners in a similar spot should do so too. It should be noted at the earliest possible opportunity that I do not hate Penny. Far from it, in fact. If I had the third pick in a rookie draft, I’d be more than happy to have him fall to me. It is simply a question of weighing up a number of factors and coming down on the side of the back that Washington selected with the 59th-overall pick.