Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins
|RB - #19||33.63||WAS||Active||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.
Fantasy owners have learned in the past couple of years to always hold their breath when Robert Griffin III is on the run. On Sunday, fears were realized on Washington's second offensive series. Griffin scrambled to the right and came down awkwardly on his left foot. He had to be carted off the field and was diagnosed with a dislocated ankle. How much time he'll miss will be determined by an MRI on Monday, but the team is reportedly hoping that Griffin is out for only four or five weeks.
Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin and led the Redskins on seven scoring drives in their 41-10 drubbing of the Jaguars. Cousins completed 22 of 33 passes for 250 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers.
Griffin is one of those rare cases at quarterback where if you drafted him, you needed to handcuff him to his backup. And here's why. While the team is crossing its fingers for a month-long absence, Griffin might very well be finished for the season. Again, an MRI will determine how much damage has been done to that ankle. Cousins has a couple of favorable matchups in the next two weeks; he faces the Eagles on the road and then hosts the Giants before Washington's Week 5 bye. He looked very poised and polished against Jacksonville and is a worthy start in two-quarterback leagues. As badly as Griffin was playing prior to his injury, Cousins' presence doesn't hurt the values of any of Washington's skill-position players, and it might help Alfred Morris.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors9/15 - Redskins QB Robert Griffin III dislocates left ankle, MRI coming Monday
9/10 - Redskins HC Jay Gruden wishes he had called more running plays in Week 1
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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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