Roy Helu Fantasy News

Falcons cut RB Steven Jackson; Devonta Freeman ready for bigger role

Friday, February 27, 2015, 10:37am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons released RB Steven Jackson, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Looking at the running back position, Kyle Shanahan presided over three stellar fantasy seasons in his seven years as an offensive coordinator. In 2008, while Shanny was the OC of the Texans, Steve Slaton turned 327 touches (50 receptions) into 1,659 yards and 10 touchdowns. (Slaton averaged 77.6 total yards on 15.9 touches in 2009.) In 2012, rookie Alfred Morris racked up 1,690 total yards and 13 touchdowns. He followed it up with 1,353 total yards and seven scores in 2013. Shanahan even coaxed 86.7 total yards (on 18.2 touches) from Ryan Torain in 2010 and 67.9 yards on 13.3 touches from Roy Helu in 2011. Freeman wasn't terribly impressive in his rookie season (248 yards rushing, 3.8 YPC), but he was active and effective in the passing game (30 catches for 225 yards), so a Slaton-esque season isn't out of the realm of possibility. With Jackson out of the way, GM Thomas Dimitroff said that there was “no question” that Freeman is ready to be the feature back in Atlanta.

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Falcons GM believes Devonta Freeman is capable of a featured role

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 8:51pm

Vaughn McClure, Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said Devonta Freeman can be the team's featured back.

Fantasy Impact:

Looking at the running back position, new OC Kyle Shanahan presided over three stellar fantasy seasons in his seven years as an offensive coordinator. In 2008, while Shanny was the OC of the Texans, Steve Slaton turned 327 touches (50 receptions) into 1,659 yards and 10 touchdowns. (Slaton averaged 77.6 total yards on 15.9 touches in 2009.) In 2012, rookie Alfred Morris racked up 1,690 total yards and 13 touchdowns. He followed it up with 1,353 total yards and seven scores in 2013. Shanahan even coaxed 86.7 total yards (on 18.2 touches) from Ryan Torain in 2010 and 67.9 yards on 13.3 touches from Roy Helu in 2011. Freeman wasn't terribly impressive as a runner in his rookie season (248 yards rushing, 3.8 YPC), but he was active and effective in the passing game (30 catches for 225 yards), so a Slaton-esque season isn't out of the realm of possibility. If the Falcons stand pat at running back, he'll have some middle round appeal, assuming his role looks to be bigger than Steven Jackson's.

Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan 'loved' Devonta Freeman prior to 2014 Draft

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 2:09pm

Jay Adams, Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan said he loved Devonta Freeman last year coming out of college. He’s still evaluating offensive talent on roster here.

Fantasy Impact:

Looking at the running back position, Shanahan presided over three stellar fantasy seasons in his seven years as an offensive coordinator. In 2008, while Shanny was the OC of the Texans, Steve Slaton turned 327 touches (50 receptions) into 1,659 yards and 10 touchdowns. (Slaton averaged 77.6 total yards on 15.9 touches in 2009.) In 2012, rookie Alfred Morris racked up 1,690 total yards and 13 touchdowns. He followed it up with 1,353 total yards and seven scores in 2013. Shanahan even coaxed 86.7 total yards (on 18.2 touches) from Ryan Torain in 2010 and 67.9 yards on 13.3 touches from Roy Helu in 2011. Freeman wasn't terribly impressive in his rookie season (248 yards rushing, 3.8 YPC), but he was active and effective in the passing game (30 catches for 225 yards), so a Slaton-esque season isn't out of the realm of possibility. If the Falcons stand pat at running back, he'll have some middle round appeal, assuming his role looks to be bigger than Steven Jackson's.

Roy Helu (toe) OUT for Week 16

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:05pm

Redskins Inactives
Leonard Hankerson WR
Jason Hatcher DE
Roy Helu RB
Josh LeRibeus G
Gabe Miller LB
Chibuikem Okoro DB
Keenan Robinson ILB

Fantasy Impact:

This is a bit of a surprise as we reported Helu as probable all week with a toe injury. This mean Chris Thompson will continue to get more looks. He impressed the coaches last week.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Redskins RB Roy Helu (toe, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 16. Helu will play in Week 16. This should kill any budding value that Chris Thompson had after a productive Week 15.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Redskins RB Roy Helu (toe) took full practice reps again Thursday. It sounds as if Helu will play in Week 16. This should kill any budding value that Chris Thompson had after a productive Week 15.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Redskins RB Roy Helu (toe) practiced fully Wednesday. It sounds as if Helu will play in Week 16. This should kill any budding value that Chris Thompson had after a productive Week 15.

Redskins 'impressed' with RB Chris Thompson

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 9:48am

RealRedskins.com - [Full Article]

Redskins RB Chris Thompson played 20 snaps against the Giants in his NFL debut from scrimmage. He caught three passes for 22 yards and a touchdown and ran three times for 12 yards.

“I was impressed with Chris,” said HC Jay Gruden. “I think Chris has earned the right to get more chances as a third down back.”

Fantasy Impact:

With the season lost, it could be time to give other players looks to prepare for 2015. Many beat writers in the offseason thought Thompson may beat out Roy Helu as a third down back to start the season but injuries prevented that. It looks like Thompson could see more work in role. Silas Redd was also impressive in the passing game last week.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Redskins RB Roy Helu (toe, out) took limited practice reps again Friday and is out for Week 15. Alfred Morris could see some extra work on passing downs with Helu out.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Redskins RB Roy Helu (toe) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Redskins RB Roy Helu (toe) did not practice Wednesday.

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7:27pm

Redskins.com - [Full Article]

RB Roy Helu Jr. (toe) was questionable to return but never did.

DeSean Jackson has bruised fibula

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 4:52pm

Washington Times - [Full Article]

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson was helped off the field with 2:14 remaining in the third quarter of the Washington Redskins‘ game against Indianapolis with bruised right fibula.

Jackson was streaking down the left sideline past Colts cornerback Josh Gordy when he fell to the turf and immediately grabbed his right leg. Though Gordy was flagged for pass interference on the play, it did not appear as though Gordy was responsible for Jackson’s injury.

Fantasy Impact:

After a brief examination on the sideline, Jackson was taken by a cart to the locker room. Jackson actually missed a few plays earlier in the game because of the injury but he never returned after being carted off. Despite being in catchup-up mode, WRs like Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts weren't really factors. TE Jordan Reed ended up hauling in nine catches for 123 and RB Roy Helu finished with a 4-61-1 receiving ilne.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 1:46pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

According to Redskins beat writers from CSN Washington, HC Jay Gruden seems to be losing his patience with the stagnant running game.

“Where do you want me to start?” he said Monday, asked what’s wrong with the ground attack.

But after saying Alfred Morris has missed some cutback opportunities in addition to numerous other systemic breakdowns, Gruden also gave Morris a vote of confidence, saying, “We still like Alfred. We still feel like he’s going to carry us to where we need to go.”

So it doesn’t sound to me like making a change is even in the discussion.

Fantasy Impact:

The normally consistent Morris has been anything but this year. It's a similar situation where LeSean McCoy is struggling but Darren Sproles has fewer carries but a higher yards per carry average. The same can be said for Roy Helu and Morris in Washington. Helu's carries are far and few between, but he's performing better behind a bad offensive line. The schedule does ease for the short term so we'll see if the team can get some momentum in the running game. The possible return of Robert Griffin III at QB could also help.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Redskins RB Roy Helu (quadricep, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 3. Helu will resume his role as Alfred Morris’ primary backup.