Alfred Morris' Fantasy Trade Value, Updated Outlook After Week 10

Jesse ReedCorrespondent INovember 7, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 06:   Alfred Morris #46 of the Washington Redskins carries the ball in the first quarter of their NFC Wild Card Playoff Game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedExField on January 6, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Win McNamee/Getty Images

After a slow start to the 2013 NFL season, Alfred Morris is heating up just in time for your fantasy football playoff run.

Morris racked up 139 yards on 26 carries on Thursday night, helping the Washington Redskins dominate time of possession against the Minnesota Vikings. Unfortunately, Washington's defense was atrocious and couldn't take advantage of the situation, leading to a 34-27 loss.

He looked spry, hit holes with authority and carried Washington's offense all night long. 

As noted by ESPN Stats & Info, Morris tallied back-to-back 100-yard games for the first time this season with his fine showing on Thursday. Chris Russell of ESPN Radio 980 also notes that his yards-per-carry and yards-after-contact numbers are up this year:

Because the Redskins had been playing from behind so much early in the season, Morris didn't get as many chances to carry the ball.

But Mike and Kyle Shanahan have become more intent on establishing a running game lately—even when playing from behind—and Morris' numbers have not surprisingly increased.

Before Thursday's game, Morris had rushed for 686 yards and five touchdowns on the year. 

Nov 3, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins fullback Darrel Young (36) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter of the game against the San Diego Chargers at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest concern facing fantasy owners as it pertains to Morris isn't whether he'll get his yards or not, but that the Redskins have a couple of the league's top fantasy vultures, often stealing his thunder at the goal line. 

Last weekend, it was Darrel Young who stole three potential touchdown runs against the San Diego Chargers. Two weeks before that, Roy Helu Jr. did the same thing, scoring three touchdowns against the Chicago Bears

That said, Morris' steady production as a runner makes him a must-start fantasy back from now until the end of the season—regardless of which team Washington is facing from week to week. 

Week 11 offers Morris' fantasy owners a favorable matchup, as the Philadelphia Eagles have already allowed over 1,000 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns this season. 

Fantasy owners who need a running back will likely get fleeced if they try to trade for Morris at this point. The best time to snag him up would have been a few weeks ago when his stock was sinking.

However, if you have a loaded roster of running backs and need players at other positions, now is the perfect time to trade Morris.

You'd better be sure you land an automatic starter and impact player, though, because the second-year running back is going to continue to put up excellent numbers week in and week out. 

 

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