Fantasy Fix: Alfred Morris' value

Fantasy Fix: Alfred Morris' value
September 6, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Is Alfred Morris' fantasy stock rising?

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III hands off the ball to running back Alfred Morris during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Alfred Morris got off to a fantastic start in 2012 that took the fantasy community by storm. 

In 2013, Morris is a known quantity and was taken in the first round of most fantasy drafts. Will Morris have a sensational sophomore year, or will he have the unfortunate slump?

All indications are Robert Griffin III is 100% healthy (right, Dr. Andrews?) and even if that's not exactly the case Morris will be relied upon heavily at the start of the year.  Roy Helu is back and rookie Chris Thompson will see time on the field, but both will mostly be used in third-down packages.  

Morris won't give you a ton of catches, so his value may be a little lower in PPR (points per reception, for those uninitiated) leagues, but his value as a first round pick is definitely justified in a standard format.  Honestly, he's still worth a first round pick in a PPR league if he's going to give you 300+ carries again.

And therein lies the problem.

Mike Shanahan hasn't always been known as one-back coach, and there's a reason people have referred to him as the devil, at least in terms of fantasy football.  However, most assume Morris is a perfect fit for Shanahan's offense.  Add to the fact that Robert Griffin III shouldn't be counted on for as many running plays in the league's number one offense, and you have the makings of a huge year for Morris.

Start Morris with confidence this week, for sure, and feel safe with the fact you have a 300+ carry, 1,200+ yard running back all season long.