Alfred Morris Fantasy News

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 11:30am

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Redskins coach Jay Gruden called RB Chris Thompson “one of the most exciting backs” while at Florida State. But he also wondered about his durability.

“He’s a guy who has to stay healthy and do his best to get on the field so we can see what he can do,” Gruden said. “Interesting guy. He’s very, very exciting when he gets the ball in his hands, but it’s hard to get the ball in his hands when he’s not out there.”

Fantasy Impact:

Roy Helu probably has the edge on Thompson to be the pass-catching back to Alfred Morris, but it's something to watch. In a more pass-heavy offense, whoever wins this job could have some deep, PPR league fantasy value.


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:26am

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Redskins HC Jay Gruden says he'd like RB Alfred Morris to be more of a pass catching threat. Hopes he can get 20-25 catches. Says not natural hands.

Fantasy Impact:

Morris' fantasy value was a high-end RB2 last year when the Redskins were a run-oriented team. But, with a possible switch to a more pass-heavy game plan, well, that may not be good news for Morris, who has never really got involved in the passing game. Roy Helu could benefit by more passes.

Andre Roberts says the Redskins will be pass-heavy
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 10:58am

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WR Andre Roberts said that QB Robert Griffin III was one of the main reasons he signed with the Redskins:

“When you have a guy that talented, that’s that motivated and willing to work, the sky’s the limit. Being a receiver, having a quarterback like that, that’s what you want, especially in a passing offense which we will be in now for the most part. When you have a quarterback that’s motivated and coming off the year he had with a chip on his shoulder, that’s what you want as a receiver.”

A passing offense? The Redskins were more run-oriented the past two years (or wanted to be; trailing so often last season altered those plans). Roberts said he based that comment on knowing Gruden’s style with Cincinnati and also after talking with former Arizona quarterback John Skelton, who spent last offseason and preseason with the Bengals.

Fantasy Impact:

We know Gruden likes to throw the ball, so Alfred Morris's stock is taking a hit. He'll still be a solid RB2 in standard formats, but since he doesn't do much in the passing game, he'll need a heavy rushing workload to reach RB1 status again.

Alfred Morris will anchor Redskins' running game
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 11:31am

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Are the Redskins better off giving some more of Alfred Morris’ workload to Roy Helu? Maybe a few carries per game to keep Morris fresher in the fourth quarter. But in the big picture it doesn’t make much sense to move a lot of carries from a back who averages 4.7 yards per carry to one who averages almost half a yard less.

Fantasy Impact:

New HC Jay Gruden ran a two-back system in Cincinnati, but Morris is quite a bit better than BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Helu does not have the talent of Giovani Bernard. We're expecting Morris to be the lead back, though his inactivity on third down puts a dent in his value in PPR formats.

Redskins running game will be 'very similar'
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 4:22pm

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The Redskins obviously haven’t had enough time to put together their playbook -- they'll start going heavy on it after the coaching staff is finalized (the goal, HC Jay Gruden said, is to have that happen by early next week). But as they continue to discuss how the scheme will look, and the terminology that will be involved, it won’t just be a duplicate of what Gruden did as the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati.

“I don’t think it will change a lot,” new Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay said. “The foundation and base principles will remain the same. Jay does a great job of adjusting to his players. He doesn’t make the player adjust to his scheme.”

That means bootlegs, or keepers, and the outside-zone run game that benefited running back Alfred Morris. He rushed for 2,888 yards in his first two seasons under Shanahan – the Redskins ranked third in yards per carry this season and second in 2012. He’ll continue to be a big part of the offense.

“He’ll be the same guy,” McVay said. “The run game will be very similar.”

Fantasy Impact:

This bodes well for Alfred Morris, who needs a big workload in the running game to be a strong fantasy play since he doesn't do a lot in the passing game.

Report: Kirk Cousins to start in Week 15
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 11:13am

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Kirk Cousins will replace Robert Griffin III at quarterback Sunday when the Washington Redskins face the Atlanta Falcons, a high-ranking team official confirmed to

NFL Network, which had earlier reported Cousins would start, reported that Redskins players have been told that Griffin will be inactive for Sunday's game and veteran Rex Grossman would be the backup quarterback.

Coach Mike Shanahan raised the possibility Monday of benching Griffin for the last three regular-season games, citing 24 sacks in the past five games and the desire to keep him healthy for the offseason. Griffin's offseason work this year was compromised by the major knee injury he suffered in the team's playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January.

Fantasy Impact:

Cousins has one NFL start in his career -- Week 15 last year against the Browns in Cleveland. He threw for 329 yards on 26-of-37 passing with two touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed three times for 22 yards. He was the #7 QB that week. He comes in at #19 in a nice matchup against the Falcons, though he carries some risk since the Redskins organization is a dysfunctional mess right now. Alfred Morris may see a few extra carries, but the defense won't have to respect Cousins' running ability as much, so they can key on Morris. Pierre Garcon looks like an upside WR2, while Jordan Reed -- if healthy -- isn't a bad option at tight end.

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Friday, October 11, 2013, 11:05am

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On the topic of Redskins RB Roy Helu:

“I’d like to get Helu out there more,” offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. “It’s always a hard thing when you’ve got two guys you believe in and with the success [Alfred Morris] has had last year and how much we do believe in Alf, so we don’t like to just keep rotating those guys all the time…. You don’t ever want to do that at the expense of another one of your good players.”

Fantasy Impact:

Now that the Redskins are past their bye, Morris owners would be wise to pick up Helu as a handcuff. He would be a solid RB2 type if anything were to happen to Morris.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 9:37am

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Washington running back Alfred Morris declined to speak with reporters about his bruised ribs, but he was able to practice at least during the portion open to the media.

He did tell ESPN980 that he was full-go Monday. Coach Mike Shanahan did not address reporters Monday and will update the injury situation Wednesday.

Alfred Morris says bruised ribs are 'fine'
Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 9:46am

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Tailback Alfred Morris said Monday that the bruised ribs he suffered during the Washington Redskins’ victory Sunday at Oakland were sore but he does not regard the injury as serious.

Morris said the injury was “fine” and added: “I mean, a little tender still but nothing serious so I’m all good.”

According to Morris, X-rays showed no breaks. He said he was hurt earlier during the game before coming out for good and being replaced by backup Roy Helu Jr.

Fantasy Impact:

The Skins have a bye this week so the extra time off will be just want Morris needs - he looks like a good bet for Week 6. Owners should still make it a priority to pickup Helu as a handcuff on this week's waiver wire, though.

Alfred Morris (bruised ribs) says he'll play Week 6
Sunday, September 29, 2013, 9:44pm

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Redskins RB Alfred Morris says he is fine. No breaks in his ribs, which is what HC Mike Shanahan said. Morris says it's just a bruise. Will be ready for Dallas (Week 6).

Fantasy Impact:

The Skins are on a bye in Week 5 so the timing is good for Morris. Owners should considering making room for Roy Helu as a handcuff as we've often heard players say they will be back and then are held out. The extra time off will do Morris well though.

Roy Helu named Redskins' RB2
Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 1:23pm

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Roy Helu has secured a spot on the Washington Redskins’ season-opening roster as a backup tailback behind starter Alfred Morris, according to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

Fantasy Impact:

Helu could have some value in PPR formats as Morris didn't show a whole lot in the passing game in 2012. Morris has reportedly been working on that part of his game and could emerge as a viable third-down back. Helu would step in if that doesn't pan out.

Monday, August 26, 2013, 12:32pm

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According to the Washington Post, the Redskins will have some tough decisions to make as far as RB cuts go:

Keiland Williams seems to have overtaken Evan Royster, having gotten more opportunities and tasting success, as well. Rookies Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison haven’t done a lot. Thompson has two fumbles, but could help himself with special teams play – mainly returns. Not sure you can justify keeping four running backs, though.

Fantasy Impact:

Alfred Morris is the starter while Roy Helu is the third-down back and RB2.