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RB Roy Helu - Washington Redskins

6-0, 219Born: 12-6-1988College: NebraskaDrafted: Round 4

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Week 8: at Dallas Cowboys

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Washington's offense is in waiting mode for the return of Robert Griffin III now that Kirk Cousins' turnover woes have sent him to the bench. For this game, we'll likely see Colt McCoy under center down in Texas (where have I heard that before?), which means that the Cowboys will load up the box to stuff Alfred Morris and Roy Helu, while daring McCoy to beat them throwing the football. Morris (115/440/3 rushing with 5/39/0 receiving) has been steady-but-unspectacular as the two-down back this season (23rd fantasy running back in the land), while Helu checks in at 31st with 25/134/1 rushing and 20/249/0 receiving to date as the third-down/change of pace option. There is no reason to see either guy breaking out in Dallas on Monday Night Football given the transitioning nature of the Washington offense right now. The Cowboys' rush D is currently 16th in the NFL averaging 113.4 yards given up per contest, with four rushing TDs allowed to date. They gave up 26/104/0 to the Giants last week, and 18/80/1 at Seattle two games back. Of late, the Dallas D is slightly more stout than their middling average indicates. This is a tough matchup for the Washington backs due to the turmoil in the other phase of the offense and Dallas' probable response to seeing McCoy under center.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs NYG 2 8 0 5 5 78 0 0
5 vs SEA 2 -1 0 7 5 59 0 0
6 at ARI 3 26 0 2 2 40 0 0
7 vs TEN 5 29 0 3 3 -9 0 0
8 at DAL PROJ-Dodds 4 * * 3 * * *
8 at DAL PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * 3 * * *
8 at DAL PROJ-Bloom 2 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs SEA (2 / -1 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)

Roy Helu Jr. continued his weekly production as a receiver out of the backfield, finishing tied with WR DeSean Jackson for the team lead in receptions and second to him in yards. Helu found even less room to run behind Washington's overmatched OL than his teammate Alfred Morris, accumulating negative yardage on only two totes. Helu looked fluid as more than just a check down receiver. He caught a tough pass in the middle of the field during Washington's hurry up drill to end the half, running a hook route and catching a dart from Cousins while taking a hard shot from SS Kam Chancellor. Helu almost scored on a wheel route in the third quarter, sneaking around the LB near the right pylon, but Cousins missed him by a few feet. Helu was a key piece in Washington's late game surge, catching two short passes and converting them into first downs as Washington pulled within one possession of Seattle. Helu saw time lined up in the slot as well and continues to look like more than a change of pace back to Alfred Morris, especially in the Washington hurry up offense.

2014 Week 6 vs ARI (3 / 26 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 40 / 0 rec)

Roy Helu Jr. outgained fellow back Alfred Morris in combined yardage on only five touches. Helu played primarily as the COP back and in the hurry up, eating up chunk yardage against soft prevent defenses. Helu shined with Washington driving in the hurry up at the end of the first half, catching a screen pass and weaving his upfield for 33 yards and near FG range.

2014 Week 7 vs TEN (5 / 29 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / -9 / 0 rec)

Roy Helu Jr. had a mostly quiet afternoon, spelling starter Alfred Morris on five runs and maintaining his role as the passing downs back. Helu continues to pad his high YPC on draw plays against soft fronts, and doesn't look like he is a threat to steal more carries away from Morris. Helu's negative receiving yardage came on well defended swing passes that had no chance of gaining positive yards and a botched screen pass that McCoy should have thrown at the feet of the RB instead of into his arms where he was gang-tackled seven yards behind the LOS.


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