Even though the NFL has become more pass oriented, running backs are the way to go when it comes to fantasy football.
Only Adrian Peterson finished above Morris for last year’s rushing title, and whoever had the smarts to draft him struck gold nearly every week.
Even with an impressive preseason, the jury was still out on Alfred Morris last season. For years, Mike Shanahan tortured fantasy owners with his running back decisions, which led to a collective reluctance when it came to drafting Morris.
Anyway, he arguably turned out to be the steal of the draft.
Despite Morris’ outstanding rookie season, he was consistently under the radar. A lot had to do with the fact that his teammate Robert Griffin III and other rookie quarterbacks were tremendously successful. However, Morris was labeled more of a “system” guy and benefited from the read-option.
This year it’s different. Even though he was second in the league in rushing, ESPN has him as the ninth overall running back according to their projections.
Even if the Redskins will revert back to a traditional style offense, the offensive line remains intact, and their zone-blocking system has been consistently successful.
In addition to that, Morris will typically be the first option in goal-line situations and their workhorse until further notice. He’s worth a first-round pick or second round at the latest.