Roy Helu's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 7

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 20, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 20: Roy Helu, Jr. #29 of the Washington Redskins rushes for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the second quarter at FedExField on October 20, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Kudos to you if you gambled on starting Roy Helu for your fantasy football team this week.

In the Washington Redskins' 45-41 Week 7 win over the Chicago Bears, Helu had just 11 carries for 41 yards. However, three of those carries went for touchdowns.

It looks as if Mike Shanahan prefers going with the third-year back rather than Alfred Morris in goal-line situations. ESPN.com's Adam Reisinger thought there was a more diabolical reason for Helu's getting the ball close to the goal line.

Between Morris and Robert Griffin III, it didn't look like there would be much left over for Helu in this offense. If he was on your roster, you likely have kept him locked away until you injuries or bye weeks eliminated your other running backs.   

This week just may be the push Helu needed in order to become a more regular fantasy starter.

This is the third week in a row Helu has surpassed 40 yards rushing. He's also scored touchdowns in two of the last three weeks.

While those numbers aren't close enough to warrant being a No. 1 back, Helu has now solidified himself as a definite flex option and possibly a starter, depending on the size of your league and how large your rosters are.