In his rookie season in 2012, Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris enjoyed a surprise breakout fantasy football season in which he rumbled for 1,613 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Heading into the 2013 fantasy draft, owners were salivating at the potential Morris put on display in 2012 and imagined much bigger things from the young running back in 2013.
Unfortunately, the Redskins’ offense as a whole went up in flames last year. Even though the offense struggled mightily, Morris still racked up 1,275 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Considering how bad Washington’s offense looked last year those numbers should be considered an accomplishment for Morris.
Progressing into the 2014 season, the Redskins have hired head coach Jay Gruden. The team has already stated that they will stick with the zone-blocking scheme with Morris in the power-run game and Robert Griffin III running read-option plays. This is a smart move for this team because they are sticking with the system that fits their players’ skill-sets the best.
Fantasy owners should be as excited in 2014 as they were about Morris in 2013. He and the rest of the Redskins’ offense will bounce back from their horrible 2013 season because they will be reinvigorated by the arrival of their new head coach.
Morris should be looked at as a high-end RB-2 going into the 2014 fantasy draft. He has the potential to climb into the RB-1 tier this year, but his ability to do that may be capped by the fact that Robert Griffin III is such a skilled runner in his own right. He should be considered a high second-round pick in this year’s draft.