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We'll conclude this look at late bloomers with a word that strikes fear into the hearts of fantasy football enthusiasts everywhere.
This time it's really not his fault though.
With running backs Roy Helu, Evan Royster and Tim Hightower all battling injuries, the Washington Redskins were forced to turn to sixth-round rookie Alfred Morris in their third preseason game, and the Florida Atlantic product came through in a big way, racking up 107 yards on 14 carries.
The Redskins will rest Morris in their final preseason game, possibly in anticipation of his starting the season opener, a role the youngster says he knew he was ready for according to Mike Jones of The Washington Post.
“I know what I’m capable of. I know I’m capable of being a starter,” Morris said. “I came from a small school, but I know my work ethic and I know my willingness and want-to to be great.”
Given the murkiness of the Washington backfield it's folly to count on Morris as a long-term solution, but fantasy owners who find themselves in need of an opening week fill-in (I'm looking at you Ryan Mathews owners) could do worse assuming that Morris gets the nod.