Jun 17, 2014; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu (29) and Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) participate in drills during minicamp at Redskins Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Football 2014: Washington Redskins RB Rundown

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The Redskins rushing attack was tops in the league two years ago in Robert Griffin III’s rookie campaign, and they ranked fifth even last year with his sophomore struggles.  With such an effective rushing attack obviously in place, fantasy owners should be able to utilize the Redskins backs, but I personally am not in on any of the Washington RB’s as a top-ten back.

Let me explain why: The last two years, the offense’s ground success has come under Coach Mike Shanahan who has been replaced by Jay Gruden.  Gruden is a good offensive scheme-master from all reporst, but most of his past success has come in the passing game which could leave the running game as a complementary piece instead of the focal point.

While I do think the Washington offense will bounce back and be better than last season, I don’t think the running game will get the benefit of the majority of that improvement.  Another factor to consider is how Gruden likes to mix and match running backs which could result in a backfield split between Alfred Morris and Roy Helu.

Here’s where I think the Washington running backs fit in my top 80 RB which came out last week and which will be updated later this week:

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Alfred Morris

RB, Washington Redskins

Even with the coaching change, Morris should be a relatively solid RB pick as your second option especially in non-PPR leagues.  He seems to be a two-down back, but should plenty of touches and most of the goal line work.  In non-PPR leagues, Morris can actually be a value pick if concerns about his pass-catching cause him to fall too far, but I wouldn’t count on him as a RB1 if at all possible in any format.  
50

Roy Helu

RB, Washington Redskins

Helu is firmly entrenched as the teams third-down back and excels both at pass-blocking and pass-catching.  He’s worth a look as a flex play in PPR leagues, since he will get plenty of passes his way, but in standard leagues he’s more of just a depth option.  If Morris was to get injured, Helu’s role may not change that significantly since he’s developed into a very specialized role (though a valuable one).  As a result, Helu isn’t a great handcuff to Morris, but he will take some of his touches on a weekly basis.  
NR

Lache Seastrunk

RB, Washington Redskins

A sixth-round pick out of Baylor, Seastrunk has shown his playmaking ability this preseason, but he probably won’t get significant playing time barring injury to Morris.  He has struggled in pass protection so far this preseason, so he isn’t much of a threat to Helu although he would be a waiver wire snag if Morris goes down injured.  

This post is part of a series detailing the backfield situation for each NFL team from a fantasy football perspective. Check out my top 80 rankings and click here for the full series.

 

 

 

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