Guest Column: From Fanduel.com Fantasy Football
Projecting Alfred Morris In Year Two
Going into 2012, everyone knew that the Washington Redskins had one of the most talented rookies in the league in Robert Griffin III. However, by the end of the year, Alfred Morris was just as impressive as he continually ran the ball down the throat of defenses when the games matter most. The question is, was that just a fluke for the late-round pick, or is he the real deal?
Both Washington fans and fantasy football players are hoping to see more from Morris, who came into the league as an unheralded 6th rounder. However, he quickly made an impact in the preseason, and he came on strong to end the regular season and play in the playoffs.In year two, it seems as though Morris will get even more touches, especially due to the injury of Griffin. All signs point to the star being ready to go for Week 1, but the coaching staff has already said that his running opportunities will be cut back. That means that Morris will shoulder more responsibility, and judging the way he played last year, he should be able to handle it.
Washington will be healthier this year, and that will make life easier for Morris. No team will be able to stack their defense against him, because Griffin is so dangerous. He really is in one of the most ideal situations in the NFL, and that is why most mock drafts have him in the #7-#10 range overall among running backs.
The one scary part about drafting Morris so high is that Mike Shanahan still has a reputation of being fickle with his running backs. A couple of bad outings could have him seeing split time with another back. However, Morris seems a bit too far ahead of his competitors to fall victim to split duties. Feel confident in taking him in the late first or early second round.