Alfred Morris and the Washington Redskins have both had their ups and downs throughout this 2013 NFL season. Fantasy football owners drafted Morris hoping that he would continue the fantasy dominance he showed last year, and while he hasn’t posted mind-blowing fantasy point totals, Morris has pleased his investors. Going up against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night, he has earned another start in your fantasy lineup.
The biggest knock against Morris this season is that scores have been vultured from his stat line. Last week, Morris missed out on three goal-line scores due to fullback Darrel Young and back in Week 7, Roy Helu stole away another three touchdowns from him.
While owners are now expecting scores to be taken away from Morris at the goal line, I’m not buying into it. Besides the three he gained in Week 7, Helu has only scored one other touchdown all season and Young didn’t record a single score before Week 9. In fact, Young was only called upon to take the ball two other times before last Sunday.
Morris is an incredibly tough runner and a threat to break one loose at any time. Last season, Morris was the goal-line back and while he may have lost that recently this season, I’m not expecting the Redskins to have three-plus goal-line series every week. Looking toward his Week 10 matchup against the Vikings, there’s an incredible amount of potential for Morris to post an amazing fantasy game.
Morris had a season-high in touches last week with 25, and the Redskins will rely on him once again against a porous Vikings run defense. The Vikings’ defense has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per week to opposing backs and since a Vikings Week 5 bye, they’ve given up four rushing scores to opposing backs. They have also given up at least 410 yards in the past two weeks, have allowed 31.6 points per game to opposing teams and have yet to hold an opponent below 23 points.
If you’re looking for a great fantasy matchup, those numbers are some of the most favorable you will see in Week 10. Morris is an RB1 and could give his owners his best numbers to date this season. Ride with Morris into your starting lineup and reap the benefits.