Fantasy football owners who were lucky enough to have picked up Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris on the waiver wire should not hesitate to start him in his Week 2 game against the St. Louis Rams.
Those 18.2 percent of participants in ESPN leagues who had the remarkable foresight to have him on their roster before this week should pat themselves on the back and also promptly put him in the starting lineup.
The sixth-round pick out of Florida Atlantic received a league-high 28 carries and gained 96 yards while scoring two touchdowns.
Mike Shanahan has brutally teased fantasy owners in the past by giving running backs a high volume of carries in one week, then ignoring them later in the season. However, when one of his backs is trusted with the starting role and delivers a productive performance, Shanahan has tended to stick with the same player the next week, at least during his tenure with the Redskins.
Last season, each time Roy Helu or Evan Royster went over a 100 yards rushing, they received 20 or more carries the next week.
Shanahan enjoys having options at running back, but he will not fix anything until it breaks. Morris may be on a short leash, but his no-nonsense running worked to perfection against the New Orleans Saints, and there is little reason to believe that St. Louis will be better equipped to limit him.
In how many games this season will Alfred Morris receive 20 or more carries?
The Rams allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs last season, according to NFL.com. The Detroit Lions' Kevin Smith averaged 4.8 yards per carry on his 13 attempts and scored a rushing touchdown against the St. Louis front seven in Week 1.
Morris is the type of physical runner who will get goal-line carries and his touchdown runs went for one yard and three yards. His hard-charging style is also extremely effective when a defense is on its heels due to a hot quarterback and speed at wide receiver.
Given Robert Griffin III and Pierre Garcon’s performances in Week 1, the Rams defense will certainly be preoccupied with these two players.
Morris will receive the bulk of the team’s carries once again this week, and due to a favorable matchup, he will once again put up excellent numbers. Do not miss an opportunity to put him in your starting lineup.