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2014 Fantasy Football: 5 Reasons To Draft RB Alfred Morris

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5 Reasons To Draft RB Alfred Morris

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The 2013 season was an absolute disaster for the Washington Redskins, as they finished with a miserable 3-13 record. It was the polar opposite performance from their 2012 campaign in which they went 10-6 and won the final seven games of the season.

Washington’s offense was never on the same page this past season. QB Robert Griffin III tore his ACL two years ago in the postseason and he simply didn’t look healthy this past season. The scrambling quarterback was unable to get into a rhythm and ended up sitting out the team’s final six games due to another setback with his knee.

Among all of the team’s struggles, RB Alfred Morris had another strong fantasy football campaign. He was a popular option this past summer, and while he wasn’t taken among the top backs, he was of only a couple first round picks that actually paid off. Morris will be once again grabbed very early this summer in nearly every fantasy forma and can be a great consultation prize after the top-five picks.

So for those of you that always have fantasy football on the mind, here are five reasons to take Morris in the first round this summer.

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5. Morris Is Only 25 Years Old

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Running backs tend to have a very limited window nowadays, so age matters. Morris won’t turn 26 years old until December and the former Florida Atlantic star has a long career in front of him.

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4. Morris Has A Career 4.7 YPC

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If a running back can’t average a respectable amount of yards per carry, he will be quickly replaced. It happened last season with the St. Louis Rams and is always in the back of a player’s mind. Morris has averaged an incredible 4.7 yards per carry throughout his first two years in the league. He always manages to gain positive yardage and the back knows how to take what the defense gives him.

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3. Morris Is A Yardage Monster

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After ripping off 1,613 rushing yards in his rookie season, Morris added 1,275 rushing yards in 2013. Over that two-year stretch, Morris has the second-most rushing yards (2,888) behind just Adrian Peterson’s 3,363 rushing yards. He has truly become a yardage monster for fantasy fans and is one of the safest bets to go over 1,100 yards in 2014.

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2. Morris Has Never Missed A Game

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Morris has played in 32 straight games for the Skins. Of course he was slowed down for a couple weeks last year due to a nagging rib injury, but he was still able to suit up in every contest. It is very promising that Morris has become a rock for fantasy fans, especially considering his tough, inside style of running. Tons of running backs carry that dreaded injury tag with them, rest assured that Morris is not one of them.

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1. Washington's Offense Will Be Better In 2014

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Washington’s offense honestly can’t get any worse than their performance last year. QB Robert Griffin III will finally be completely healthy and a new set of coaches will certainly help the team turn the page on the disastrous Shanahan regime.

The Skins will be much more productive on the offense side of the ball with RG3 back in control. They should score much more than the 20.9 points per game they averaged last year, and as a result, fantasy fans can expect Morris to get back to double-digit touchdowns in 2014.