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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 teams’ starting tailback, “for sure” after his break out 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 teams’ 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 matchup 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.

Last Update – Nov. 29th

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

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

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