Alfred Morris Fantasy News

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.

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Week 8 MNF Injury Report - Robert Griffin III QUESTIONABLE

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 5:00pm

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

PROBABLE
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)

Cowboys
OUT
DE Jack Crawford (calf)

PROBABLE
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.

RB Silas Redd survives Redskins cuts

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 10:05am

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

According to multiple media sources the Redskins have released three of their four running backs who were widely considered to be on the roster bubble. Evan Royster, Chris Thompson, and Lache Seastrunk have all confirmed via text messages that they have been released. Most figured that at least two of those three would end up on the roster. Silas Redd survived the cuts.

Fantasy Impact:

Seastrunk was the biggest surprise the story said, but Thompson is also a big of a surprise. However, he was battling injuries all through camp that seemed to frustrate the team. Both could be added to the practice squad. The moves mean that undrafted rookie Silas Redd will be the third tailback behind Alfred Morris and Roy Helu.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5:48pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Washington RB Chris Thompson sprained his ankle in the first preseason game and was not at full speed until Monday. Before the injury he was working behind Alfred Morris and Roy Helu. Now, he must show that he’s more worthy than Evan Royster, Silas Redd and Lache Seastrunk.

But Thompson also knows his injury history: a back injury in 2011; torn ACL in 2012; torn labrum in his shoulder in 2013.

“I just have to show them I can make it through some games and I will show them,” he said. “I’ve been hurt a lot. I can deal with pain. I’ll make sure I finish this game out.”

Jay Gruden: 'We're going to be a running team, I guess'

Monday, August 25, 2014, 6:49pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Washington HC Jay Gruden said today that he sees the Redskins relying on the ground game.

“Our identity needs to be found,” he said. “What are we going to be? We’re going to be a running team, I guess.”

Like any coach, Gruden would prefer to have a varied attack.

“Our identity needs to be diversity,” he said. “We have to be able to be good at both. We have to be able to run the ball, we have to be able to do some play actions off the run and there are going to be some times that we have to do some drop back.”

Fantasy Impact:

Gruden doesn't seemed thrilled about the label, though. Many assumed the Skins would pass more under Gruden, especially after bringing in WRs DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts. But Robert Griffin III is struggling and seemingly starting a QB controversy at the same time, while the running game, led by Alfred Morris, excels. This, perhaps, gives Morris a bit of a bump in fantasy value. Eventually the Skins will need the threat of a pass game or team's will stack the box. Morris is a rock-solid, high-end RB2 in just about any format, however.