Roy Helu 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.

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.

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.

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

Washington Post - [Full Article]

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

Washington Post - [Full Article]

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

Washington Post - [Full Article]

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.

Sunday, August 18, 2013, 8:02pm

Washington Times - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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 - [Full Article]

Redskins HC Mike Shanahan praised Alfred Morris's preparation, setting the bar high for his second season.

“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.”

Fantasy Impact:

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

Washington Post - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Roy Helu running as Redskins' RB2
Thursday, August 1, 2013, 9:22pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Roy Helu seems to have the edge in the competition for No. 2 back. The Redskins have used him in a variety of ways – standard run plays, option pitches, and as a receiver out of the backfield – to take advantage of his speed and catching ability.

Fantasy Impact:

Don't forget that Helu registered 200 touches in 2011 gaining 1,019 total yards in the process. Alfred Morris was not much of a pass-catcher last season, so Helu could fill that role in 2013 if he can stay healthy.

Roy Helu first to back up Alfred Morris
Friday, July 26, 2013, 7:58pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

The running backs vying for time behind Redskins RB Alfred Morris saw time in this order: Roy Helu, Evan Royster, Keiland Williams, Tristan Davis, Chris Thompson, Jawan Jamison. Morris is the unquestioned starter, and the rest are all battling for that backup/third-down back role.

Fantasy Impact:

If healthy, Helu would make a fine third-down RB. He caught 49 passes back in 2011.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 10:42am

Washington Times - [Full Article]

Redskins RB Alfred Morris did not hold on to the third-down role he coveted. The physical and mental components of pass blocking often are difficult for a rookie to master against complex, fast NFL blitzes.

Morris was physical in pass protection and improved as the season progressed, although the zone read option reduced the frequency at which he was required to pass block. Training camp repetitions should help him continue to get comfortable.

Fantasy Impact:

Roy Helu will be back in the fold and it seems like he could continue to have a role in third down situations. That was really the only drawback to Morris' season in 2012 - a lack of involvement in the passing game. Still, Morris is a top-ten back in standard leagues, coming in 6th. It seems like the team wants to ease back a bit on Morris' workload.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 10:32am

Washington Times - [Full Article]

The Redskins, overall, are deeper at running back than they were last season because Roy Helu is expected to be fully recovered from his left big toe injury.

Helu's speed and elusiveness on the second level set him apart from starter Alfred Morris. A healthy Helu would reduce Morris’ physical burden after Morris carried 335 times last year. Helu also could join Morris and quarterback Robert Griffin III in an extremely potent triple option.

Fantasy Impact:

Helu is a quality third-down back because of his hands, his ability to gain yards after the catch along with his pass blocking. He improved his blitz recognition as his rookie season progressed in 2011. Morris improved but continued to struggle as a third down back last year and as a result didn't pile up receptions and yards. The Skins also drafted Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison in the late rounds. Keiland Williams is also on the roster.