Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins
|RB - #19||34.87||WAS||Probable||3 years||25||5'10||218||@Trey_Deuces|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-05-2014 by Larry Gold
Alfred Morris has quietly been one of the most consistent backs since being drafted in the sixth round out of Florida Atlantic by the Redskins in the 2012 draft. He only trails Adrian Peterson in rushing yards from scrimmage over the last two years. Morris has a knack for extending runs and getting the most out of every touch as evidenced by his career 4.7 YPC. It is his non-use in the passing game that has fantasy owners cautious going into this season. He has been targeted a microscopic 28 times in 32 career games and new head coach Jay Gruden has already stated that he doesn't see Morris as a player that possesses natural hands. Gruden has more of a pass-first mentality than the prior regime, meaning that Morris could potentially see less total touches than he grew accustomed to under Mike Shanahan. Morris is also a product of the prior regime, meaning Gruden may be less than patient with Morris's frequent fumbles (seven lost fumbles over two years). While no running back on the roster is expected to challenge Morris for his role of grinding out yards between the tackles, it is unlikely that Morris will maintain his two year averages in runs and yards. As the 16th running back (41.46 ADP) off the board, you could do worse, but if RG3 starts stealing goal-line carries and Gruden calls formations for running backs more comfortable in the passing game, you may find yourself disappointed with Morris.
Editor's note: New regimes have new priorities. It's very possible that Gruden opts to give guys like Roy Helu and rookie Lache Seastrunk a piece of the action on third downs and other passing situations. Morris should keep his playing time locked up on first and second down though. He retains the most value in standard leagues of course since he brings very little to the table as a pass-catcher.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (ankle) is nearing a return to the job that was Kirk Cousins' for a brief time, and that Colt McCoy may never actually get to call his. The team has officially listed Griffin as questionable for Week 8, leaving the door ever-so-slightly open that he could play this week when the Redskins take on divisional foe Dallas.
The team has been preparing all week as though McCoy start. However, it's becoming clear to everyone, including the decision-makers in Washington (finally) that they need to get Griffin back under center as soon as possible.
Griffin has been sidelined since dislocating his left ankle in Week 2.Fantasy Analysis:
It's this simple: If Griffin plays, all other skill players on the Redskins get a boost. This would especially include WRs DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon as well as TE Jordan Reed. RB Alfred Morris would also get a boost, as defenses will have to respect Griffin more than they would McCoy. The bad news is that the Redskins play on Monday night, so you're likely going to have to make decisions involving these players before we know Griffin's status.
Our advice is to proceed as if McCoy will be under center.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors10/25 - Redskins QB Robert Griffin III questionable for Monday night
10/19 - QB Colt McCoy replaces Kirk Cousins for Redskins, leads team to comeback win
Latest References to Alfred Morris on FFToolbox:
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- Week 3: Start 'em
- 2014 Auction Draft Bargains
- 2014 Team Outlook: Washington Redskins
2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|3.04||FFMagicMan - Debated Ellington here, but I'm still not sold on Bruce Arians' commitment to the 2nd-year man. Morris should see a boatload of carries.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|4.01||SiriusXM Fantasy - Over 2800 yards and 20 touchdowns in his first 2 NFL seaaons, not to mention durability is not a concern|
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