Alfred Morris Fantasy News

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.

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Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) cleared to play in Week 14

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 8:34pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray has been cleared to play this week against San Francisco after missing the previous game with a concussion.

Murray was officially cleared Tuesday morning and was back at practice on Wednesday as the Raiders (1-11) prepare to face the rival 49ers (7-5) on Sunday in Oakland.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray should take over the top spot in the Raiders' backfield after the 171 yards and two touchdown he produced on 11 touches in his last two games, but HC Tony Sparano has already said that he won't use Murray as a "workhorse" back, per Alex Marvez of Fox Sports. On paper, Murray's matchup with the 49ers is a tough one, though San Francisco has yielded over 5.0 YPC to Marshawn Lynch and Alfred Morris in the last two games.

Return of RG3 sparks Washington run game

Monday, November 3, 2014, 9:27am

Washington Post - [Full Article]

The return of Redskins QB Robert Griffin III on Sunday against Minnesota created a few more opportunities for running back Alfred Morris, bringing him closer to replicating the productivity of his first two seasons — something he’s yet to truly do under Coach Jay Gruden.

Morris rushed for a season-high 92 yards on 19 carries and accounted for two of Washington’s touchdowns in the 29-26 loss at Minnesota.

“Defenses have to honor Robert because he can run, and he’s more of a threat on the ground as opposed to some of the quarterbacks we have, so you have to honor him,” Morris said in the locker room afterward. “He’s one of those guys that can open up some things for you.”

Fantasy Impact:

Morris has struggled most of this season which is unlike the back who has been very consistent throughout his short career when RG3 is under center. The hope for Morris owners is these type of performances now continue with Griffin back from his ankle injury. Morris likely isn't going to be a factor in the passing game, but is certainly capable of high end RB2 numbers.

Gruden: Redskins RB Alfred Morris is 'still a force'

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 12:04pm

Real Redskins - [Full Article]

Although Alfred Morris is having an off year, HC Jay Gruden still has confidence in him. “Well, I think from an expectation level, I think we all expected him to have probably more yards, more touchdowns and that’s a combination of things—not getting as many looks, me not calling enough runs, maybe,” he said. “Like I said, in the running game, there’s a lot of things that can go wrong. But he is where he is. He’s still a force.”

Fantasy Impact:

Fantasy-wise, Morris is having a solid year. He's the #14 RB in standard formats and is #17 in PPR leagues. He has a nice set of matchups in the fantasy playoffs against the Giants in Week 15 and the Eagles in Week 16.

Week 8 MNF Injury Report - Robert Griffin III QUESTIONABLE

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 5:00pm

QB Robert Griffin (ankle), CB Tracy Porter (hamstring)

DE Chris Baker (thigh), S Ryan Clark (ankle, shoulder), RB Alfred Morris (ankle), T Tyler Polumbus (knee), LB Perry Riley (knee), T Trent Williams (knee)

DE Jack Crawford (calf)

WR Dez Bryant (shoulder), LB Bruce Carter (thigh), T Doug Free (foot), S Jakar Hamilton (not injury related), T Jermey Parnell (chest), QB Tony Romo (back), DE Anthony Spencer (knee, foot)

Fantasy Impact:

RGIII is questionable and was limited at practice all week. The team said they are preparing as of Colt McCoy is starting, but leaving open the possibility Griffin will play. Seems like a longshot, and owners shouldn't count on him. On top of those risks, the Cowboys defense has been playing well this year so it's not a great matchup for Washington on the road.

Also of note, Cowboys WR Dez Bryant and QB Tony Romo are considered probable, as is Washington RB Alfred Morris. All are expected to play and it's especially a great matchup for Bryant and Romo.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Redskins RB Alfred Morris (ankle) took full practice reps again Friday. Morris played through the injury in Week 7, so he should be fine for Monday night.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Redskins RB Alfred Morris (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday. Morris played through the injury in Week 7, so he should be fine for Monday night.

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.

Monday, October 20, 2014, 10:49am

Washington Post - [Full Article]

The Redskins Pro Bowl running back Alfred Morris has yet to have a single 100-yard game but led the rushing attack with 18 carries for 54 yards (3.0 average) in the 19-17 victory over Tennessee.

Coach Jay Gruden made a concerted effort to call more running plays; they accounted for 26 of the 57 offensive plays in the game, gaining 3.8 yards per rush and accounting for 100 yards of the total offensive output of 351 yards.

“We had some good runs and some not-so-good runs today,” Gruden said afterward. “We have to improve our running game, obviously. It’s still not that up to par, in my opinion, for us to be successful. We want to get the ball out of our hands, for good reasons.”

Fantasy Impact:

Morris hurt an ankle and briefly came out of the game, but he didn’t miss a series. Morris has been anything but his usual, consistent self this season. He's had over 20 carries just twice this year, those coming in Weeks 2 and 3. His Week 7 total of 18 carries is his highest since Week 3 but he only managed three yards per carry. Owners may have one last gasp at Morris bouncing back - if the return of QB Robert Griffin III can open things up. That could happen Week 8, but it's a Monday night game at Dallas so the matchup isn't a great one again this week for Morris owners. The schedule does ease a bit and he has good playoff matchups in Weeks 15 and 16.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Redskins RB Alfred Morris (knee, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. No worries here. Morris should once again be a safe start in Week 4.

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.

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:48pm

Redskins on Twitter - [Full Article]

Redskins RB Roy Helu Jr. has a quad strain; considered day to day.

Fantasy Impact:

Silas Redd would be next in line to back up Alfred Morris.

Redskins Beat: WR DeSean Jackson could have a 'huge day' against he Jaguars

Friday, September 12, 2014, 12:40pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Redskins beat writer John Keim: The Redskins are confident they can run the ball against Jacksonville's front, which should lead to a good day for running back Alfred Morris. But the combination of play-action and banged-up, or backup, safeties, could lead to an even better day for receiver DeSean Jackson. One player said he could have a "huge day. Huge. If it goes the way we think in the run game."

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson is currently our #22 WR in standard formats.

Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew 'day to day' after 'procedure' on hand

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 10:04pm

Inside Bay Area - [Full Article]

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew missed practice Wednesday with a hand injury and his status for the regular-season home opener against the Houston Texans is in question.

Darren McFadden took first-team reps at running back, with Latavius Murray working with the second team.

According to CSN-Bay Area, Jones-Drew had a "procedure" on his hand that wasn't considered serious. Jones-Drew also had a hand-injury during training camp, but coach Dennis Allen said the current injury is unrelated.

"He's day to day," Allen said. "We'll see whenever he's available and ready to go."

Fantasy Impact:

McFadden would get a big bump if MJD can't play. Alfred Morris averaged 6.5 YPC against the Texans last week, though the Redskins have a better running game than the Raiders do.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 12:57pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

In the Redskins season opening 17-6 loss to the Houston Texans, Washington attempted 37 passes to 23 runs. That ratio does not lend itself to Washington's advantage, and head coach Jay Gruden addressed the discrepancy Monday.

"We’ve got to have good balance on our team, but it does start with the run game," Gruden said. "If I had to do it all over again Sunday, I probably would have run the ball more than I did."

Gruden pointed out that a pair of attempted two-minute drills skewed the run/pass ratios, but regardless, more carries for Alfred Morris means less pressure on Robert Griffin III.

Fantasy Impact:

Morris can certainly carry the load but the Skins will have to show something in the passing game to keep defenses honest. This should open up play-action which could also help RGIII get back on track.