Alfred Morris, RB Washington Redskins

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 12:32pm

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RB Chris Thompson knows time is running out on his Redskins career.

The former fifth-round pick in 2013 has the wiggle to his game the coaches like -- and want when running certain parts of their offense. But the front office also likes undrafted free agent Trey Williams, who has a similar game (but is still learning). They also have Silas Redd and rookie third-rounder Matt Jones behind starter Alfred Morris.

But Thompson’s durability has always been an issue and when on the field he hasn’t produced enough.

Fantasy Impact:

Thompson missed most of his rookie season after a suffering a torn labrum in his shoulder. He missed time in his last season at Florida State because of a torn ACL and missed his junior season because of a back injury. Last summer, he was sidelined with an ankle injury. Those who follow the team thought he may be able to pass Roy Helu for the team's third down role last year, but that didn't happen. With Helu now gone, Matt Jones could be a big factor in the role so Thompson has his work cut out in order to stay in Washington.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
If you’re looking for the ultimate RB2 for your fantasy team, Alfred Morris might be the guy. Throughout his career he’s been pretty consistent, even through the tough times when the Washington offense struggled. He’s gone over 1,000 yards in each of his three seasons and recorded 13-7-8 TDs over that same span. Bill Callahan’s arrival should keep Morris as a consistent fantasy RB, and we’ve had news reports that the team wants to run the ball more to set up the pass, keeping the pressure off QB Robert Griffin III.

Fantasy Downside
The biggest downside to Morris is his lack of use in the passing game. That’s been holding him back from the status of RB1, and that probably won’t change this year even with Roy Helu out of the picture. Matt Jones looks to be the team’s third down back heading into the season.

Bottom Line
Of all the RB2 backs rated between 13th and 24th, we project Morris to gain the most yards of anyone in that group (1,163). We know he’s not going to contribute a whole lot in the passing game, but being available late in the third round of 12-team leagues, you can do a lot worse than Morris as your second RB. In fact, even going WR-WR or WR-TE with your first two picks, Morris should give you some stability at the RB position to help balance your lineup.

2015 Strength of Schedule - WAS
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
4
MIA
5
STL
21
@NYG
26
PHI
31
@ATL
6
@NYJ
22
TB
BYE18
@NE
32
NO
14
@CAR
21
NYG
20
DAL
23
@CHI
2
BUF
26
@PHI
20
@DAL

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCSnaps%
1HOU1491006.500000-38/6558%
2JAX2285203.860000-47/8555%
3PHI2377003.350000-51/7865%
4NYG1263105.25327039.0030/5555%
5SEA1329002.231-201-2.0027/5549%
6ARI1341003.151140314.0026/6043%
7TEN1854003.000000-32/6351%
8DAL1873104.061120112.0035/6752%
9MIN1992204.84217038.5042/6763%
10BYE------------
11TB2096004.802360318.0043/7260%
12SF21125105.9515015.0036/5565%
13IND1767003.94316055.3357/8071%
14STL86000.751110311.0030/5654%
15NYG1449003.500000-32/7046%
16PHI2183103.950000-40/5770%
17DAL1243003.58219039.5029/6942%
Totals2651074804.05171550269.12595/105456%

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