So Much For Roy Helu Being the Redskins Best Fantasy Running Back
I was among those fantasy writers who said Tim Hightower was too hurt, Evan Royster wasn’t explosive enough, and it would only be a matter of time until the versatile Roy Helu would win your fantasy hearts in 2012. And just like everyone else, I was wrong, as Helu’s season has ended before it ever really began, due to a torn achilles.
We probably should have seen this coming. Not just because he was already battling soreness in both achilles tendons, but also because the main reason Helu didn’t have the Washington Redskins’ starting tailback gig from the get-go was because he couldn’t stay healthy. In fact, neither could Hightower or Royster. This got Hightower cut, and had Mike Shanahan and co. promoting rookie 6th rounder Alfred Morris into the captain’s chair.
Now Morris is a fantasy friend to all who took a chance on him, and even better, he’s looking more and more like a season-long conversation starter.
The signing of Ryan Grant tells us that Helu was a running back and that the Redskins needed another one to put in his place now that he’s done for the year. That’s it. Not that Grant is going to suddenly have fantasy value, revitalize what looks to be an NFL career on life support. And probably not even work his way into a limited role. Perhaps Royster will see more touches. And either way, no one should care.
Morris was the guy going into 2012, and if you asked me back in week one, he was the Redskins back to own. Not just for week one, but for the season. He has all the necessary talent, and he’s shown he can stay healthy. Three weeks later, and he’s showing he can handle the full load. Now with Helu gone, he might finally get the chance to show he can be a true feature back and get some real work as a receiver on third downs, too.
But even if he doesn’t, Morris is still locked in as Washington’s top dog, and only a devastating injury will rob him of that status for now. My hat goes off to those fantasy owners who saw through the Mike Shenanigans and rolled with Morris and have been getting all the good out of it. My condolences for those who stuck with Helu this long, only to see him never pay off.
But, I digress.
The important message is this: Helu is done and gone, Grant’s signing means nothing, and Royster isn’t a legit threat at this point. Morris has beast written all over him, and so far he’s getting then job done. As long as he keeps it up, you need to hold onto him.