2011 PPR Fantasy Football Week 13: Flex-Play Rankings and Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 29, 2011

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 27:  Running back Roy Helu #29 of the Washington Redskins rushes against Raheem Brock #98 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 27, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Roy Helu vs. Jets

I’m going to go out on a limb and say I believe Mike Shanahan when he says that Roy Helu is the team’s starting tailback “for sure” after his breakout performance against the Seahawks.

Going back and watching the film, it’s easy to see why Shanahan seems to feel that Helu is ready to be the team's starter, as he consistently showed a good pad level with a lung at the point of attack, setting himself up to fall forward for an extra yard or to break at tackle.

At no point was this clearer than his 28-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. On the play, Helu hurdled one defender, and on the way down, he put a shoulder into strong safety Kam Chancellor, breaking his poor angled attempt to find himself left alone with only the end zone in sight.

That was obviously a key play in the Redskins come from behind win, but you could see something good was going to happen for Helu earlier in the game, as he seemed to grow before your eye’s right there on camera. More than once, Helu could be seen with physical expressions that would suggest he was starting to like this NFL gig, like his fist pump after an 11-yard run in the second quarter.

A few weeks back, we watched Helu rack up a franchise record 14 receptions against the 49ers, and while he didn’t have that many this past week, Helu continued to be an active receiver in the passing game with seven receptions for 54 yards to go with his 23 carries for 108 and a touchdown on the ground.

What I enjoyed about Helu is exactly what I was disappointed in the Bills game plan with C.J. Spiller, as they consistently gave him designed screens and dumpoffs underneath to force the defense to pay attention to him as a threat, thus helping to provide better matchups down the field. This is the type of effort that makes Helu a no-brainer to use as a flex-play option the rest of the year, especially in PPR leagues.

This week, Helu will match up against the same team Spiller played last week in the Jets, but if the Redskins continue to use him the same way (I actually believe it’s likely), Helu should exploit the Jets underneath, like the Bills should have at times this past weekend.

Don’t be surprised if Helu continues to be the feature back in Washington to close out the season, and at least for PPR leagues, he’s maybe even a low end RB-2 to close out the year. Never underestimate the power of a running back with fresh legs down the stretch, and that advantage will help Helu break tackles against beat up defenders who have been playing full time all year.

More WK 13 PPR Rankings – – QB |RB | WR | K/D | Waivers | Start / Sit |

1 Arian Foster Falcons
2 LeSean McCoy at Seahawks
3 LeGarrette Blount Panthers
4 Frank Gore Rams
5 Ray Rice at Browns
6 Maurice Jones-Drew Chargers
7 Matt Forte Chiefs
8 Calvin Johnson at Saints
9 Greg Jennings at Giants
10 DeMarco Murray at Cardinals
11 Chris Johnson at Bills
12 Marshawn Lynch Eagles
13 Wes Welker Colts
14 Roddy White at Texans
15 Percy Harvin Broncos
16 Michael Bush at Dolphins
17 Michael Turner at Texans
18 Steve Smith at Buccaneers
19 Victor Cruz Packers
20 Marques Colston Lions
21 Laurent Robinson at Cardinals
22 Rashard Mendenhall Bengals
23 Reggie Bush Raiders
24 BenJarvus Green-Ellis (I) Colts
25 Jordy Nelson at Giants
26 Antonio Brown Bengals
27 Hakeem Nicks Packers
28 Dez Bryant at Cardinals
29 Beanie Wells (I) Cowboys
30 Ryan Mathews at Jaguars
31 Jonathan Stewart at Buccaneers
32 Roy Helu Jets
33 Anquan Boldin at Browns
34 A.J. Green (I) at Steelers
35 Mike Wallace Bengals
36 Brandon Lloyd at 49ers
37 Steve Johnson Titans
38 DeAngelo Williams at Buccaneers
39 Willis McGahee (I) at Vikings
40 C.J. Spiller Titans
41 Michael Crabtree Rams
42 Vincent Jackson at Jaguars
43 Larry Fitzgerald Cowboys
44 Cedric Benson at Steelers
45 Darren Sproles Lions
46 Torrey Smith at Browns
47 Santonio Holmes at Redskins
48 Mike Williams (TB) Panthers
49 Dwayne Bowe at Bears
50 Shonn Greene at Redskins
51 Steven Jackson at 49ers
52 Mark Ingram Lions
53 Brandon Marshall Raiders
54 Julio Jones (I) at Texans
55 Reggie Wayne at Patriots
56 Brandon Jacobs Packers
57 Peyton Hillis (I) Ravens
58 Andre Johnson (I) Falcons
59 Mario Manningham (I) Packers
60 Plaxico Burress at Redskins
61 Mike Tolbert at Jaguars
62 Maurice Morris at Saints
63 Pierre Thomas Lions
64 Eric Decker at Vikings
65 DeSean Jackson at Seahawks
66 Lance Moore Lions
67 Toby Gerhart Broncos
68 Donald Brown at Patriots
69 Deion Branch Colts
70 Nate Burleson at Saints
71 James Starks at Giants
72 Kendall Hunter Rams
73 Joe McKnight at Redskins
74 Shane Vereen Colts
75 James Jones at Giants