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Roy Helu | Washington Redskins | RB

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Fantasy Football Outlook:  After a solid end to his rookie season, Helu struggled with injuries and last year was basically a wash. This was horrible for his dynasty owners; not only did they not receive production from Helu but then Alfred Morris went off and had one of the better seasons at the running back position in the league.

Morris is set as the bell cow back in the Redskins offense, but if Helu can avoid the injuries we should see him on the field in passing situations, which makes him an interesting low-end addition in deep PPR leagues.

Still, Morris should continue to see most of the carries in the offense, and he will probably force most fantasy owners to view Helu as only a hand cuff option.

Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Attempts Yards TD Rec Yards TD
2013 Projected Stats 71 312 1 41 316 1
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Rushing Receiving
Year Age Tm G GS Att Yds TD Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds TD Fmb
2011 23 WAS 15 5 151 640 2 4.2 42.7 10.1 49 379 1 2
2012 24 WAS 3 0 2 2 0 1.0 0.7 0.7 7 45 0 0
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Welcome to Roy Helu fantasy football outlook archive. At this section of Helu’s player page you will notice our past thoughts and advice for fantasy football.

Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections

While we should expect Roy Helu to win the starting job out of training camp, it’s hard to trust any option in a Mike Shanahan backfield. Shanahn’s history is like none other, but I do like the comments his son Kyle Shanahan (offensive coordinator) had to say about Helu in regard to his evolving toughness as a runner, as his rookie season went along.

Helu did run the football well, and he actually set a team record for receptions against the 49ers, mainly because John Beck opted to check down frequently, rather than Helu being a great receiving back. While Shanahan failed to bring in a significant veteran for competition, he did pickup Alfred Morris in the late rounds of the draft and also added Lennon Creer as a rookie-free agent. Most teams this would only be a blip on the radar, but we’ve seen all too often, runners with this investment grade, having big rookie years, in Shanahan’s offense.

Another reason for pause is the comments (podcast, start time 30:24) from Greg Cosell noting, “I fail to see Helu holding up as a foundation back,” and “he’s not quick laterally.” A straight-line runner for sure, Helu can have success in a one-cut, zone blocking scheme, but I feel he’s a little overvalued in at least standard ADPs (21st overall runner) right now.

Look to Helu as a respectable RB3 but it’s advisable to stash whoever wins the back role be it Evan Royster, one of the rookies or someone else.

August 4th Update – Evan Royster continues to run with the first team, but I still believe we will see Helu as the starter to begin the year. Royster and Tim Hightower are worth late round picks, but for now, look to Helu as the first running back to select.

Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Attempts Yards TD Rec Yards TD
2012 Projected Stats 184 813 3 41 316 1

Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections

Some will have you believe that Roy Helu is going to be the favorite to win the starting job with the Redskins this season, but when your playing for Coach Mike Shanahan nothing is for certain but un-certainty. Helu probably has the best talent and makeup to be the starter, but it seems that Shanahan can’t live with just one tailback, since he traded Clinton Portis away from Denver.

Maybe Shanahan is paranoid about making any running back too successful because their value will go up, or he just loves to wait until he has a true game changing Pro Bowler, before he will commit to using them all season. Whatever the reasons, fantasy owners should look to Helu with optimism to be the starter, but we won’t know for sure until late in the preseason.

Even then, things are probable to change during the season, so don’t look to Helu as anything more than a later round pick this season. In dynasty league drafts, Helu is the top running back on this team for long term value, but don’t draft him until you’re ready to sit back and wait to see what he will do in the regular season.

Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Attempts Yards TD Rec Yards TD
2011 Projected Stats 156 721 5 10 89 0

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