Roy Helu Jr. vs. Evan Royster: Fantasy Outlook After Alfred Morris' Injury
Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris was injured in his team's Week 4 matchup with the Oakland Raiders, and fantasy owners would be smart to lock up Roy Helu Jr. as a handcuff.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports noted Morris was suffering from "great discomfort" in his side/ribs after getting hit hard on a running play late in the third quarter against Oakland:
Alfred Morris getting medical attention on the sidelines, looking at his rib and side. He appeared to be in great discomfort— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 29, 2013
Morris is Washington's bell-cow running back, with Helu and Evan Royster backing him up when he's healthy.
Royster isn't likely to see much action, though, even with Morris out.
Helu is the team's definitive No. 2 running back, and he's capable of putting up big numbers in Morris' stead. He's gained 4.2 yards per carry throughout his career and is a reliable receiver out of the backfield.
Royster hasn't even been a part of Washington's plans on offense before Week 4, failing to see any action, and he'll likely come in only when Helu is too tired to play.
With the Redskins on a bye in Week 5, Morris will have some extra time to heal up. But Helu is still a solid pickup as insurance. If Morris ends up missing time, Helu would be a viable RB2 or flex option. Royster, on the other hand, is not expected to put up significant production regardless of playing time.
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