Alfred Morris Fantasy News
Alfred Morris will anchor Redskins' running game
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 11:31am
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.
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.
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Redskins running game will be 'very similar'
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 4:22pm
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.”
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
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.
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.
Friday, October 11, 2013, 11:05am
“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.”
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.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 9:37am
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Sunday, August 18, 2013, 8:02pm
RB Roy Helu can focus on contributing to the Washington offense. Coaches have him in a third-down role, which will showcase his pass blocking and ability to catch the ball. He’s also faster than Alfred Morris, so there’s big-play potential anytime he’s in on first and second downs.
Helu could have some deep PPR value. At the same time, it will likely limit Morris' value in the passing game. It was a role that increased for Morris a bit at the end of last year. Morris should catch more than 11 passes this season, his total from 2012, but Helu looks like he'll play a bigger role in the passing game.
Shanahan: Alfred Morris will be "more instrumental" in passing game
Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 11:38am
“A lot of people come out of college and they just don’t spend the time on catching the ball. He has spent a lot of time in the offseason catching the football, running routes and you can see that hard work has paid off because he’s a lot more natural,” Shanahan said. “It gives you another dimension.”
Thanks to his offseason dedication, Shanahan said Morris has a much better chance of staying in the game on third down, as he brings the most weapons to the huddle.
“[Morris] has always been a blocker – he’s got that strength – but he does have a different type of gear and he does have excellent hands. You just couldn’t see it right away because he didn’t work on it,” Shanahan explained. “There have been a lot of backs in the past that have been in colleges that really don’t throw the football a lot. They emphasize the running game and Alfred was one of those types of guys.
“He’s elevated his game and he will be able to catch the ball and be a lot more instrumental in our passing game.”
If Morris starts to catch passes, watch out. He only caught 11 balls last season and we currently have him projected for 22 in 2013. If he gets into the 30-35 range, he'll have Marshawn Lynch-type value in PPR formats. It's difficult to project a huge jump in catches now that Roy Helu is back and healthy.
Sunday, August 11, 2013, 1:15pm
As he came away from the Redskins’ preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, Coach Mike Shanahan expressed encouragement over the performances of running backs Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster.
Each back averaged an effective 4.4 yards per carry against Tennessee. Helu, who got the start, gained 57 yards on 13 carries, while Royster rushed for 62 yards on 14 carries.
As the story points out, each has a different style. While starter Alfred Morris is a bruising runner, Helu excels because of his speed and big-play ability. His receiving skills also make him an effective third-down back. Royster, meanwhile, is a smoother runner, has good field vision and picks up yards in chunks. With backs like Keiland Williams and rookies Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison also on the roster the Skins are deep. Helu's third down ability perhaps gives him an advantage which could make Royster expendable. In terms of a Morris handcuff, it's something worth watching.