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RB Alfred Morris - Dallas Cowboys

5-9, 222Born: 12-12-1988College: Florida AtlanticDrafted: Round 6

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 28): Just a reminder that injuries can happen to anyone, and if Ezekiel Elliott goes down, Morris will inherit a high value starting running back role.

Week 13: at Minnesota Vikings

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Both of these teams played on Thanksgiving, so they've had an equal amount of time to recover in time for this Thursday night game. The Cowboys ran their record to 10-1 against Washington, helped by Ezekiel Elliott's 20/97/2 rushing performance (with two targets for 2/23/0 receiving to go over 100 yards combined). He's now scored two rushing TDs in three of his last four games (and he had a third receiving TD in Week 10 against the Steelers). Elliott is the definition of a hot fantasy player as of Week 13 folks. Dak Prescott also pushed in a rushing score last week with 8/39/1, helping Dallas to 30/163/3 rushing vs Washington. The Vikings' rush defense gave up 19/94/0 on the ground to Detroit's committee of backs on Thanksgiving, while Arizona managed 28/135/1 rushing at US Bank Stadium two games ago. From Week Nine to Week 12 of regular season (the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on byes during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Minnesota averages 15.3 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (10th-least in the NFL). To date, the Vikings average 100.2 rushing yards allowed per game (14th in the NFL), but they have given away just five rushing scores so far (tied for second-least in the NFL). Elliott is playing very well in the second half of the season, but he does face a tougher-than-usual matchup this week - he's also your starter unless you are absolutely loaded at running back this season.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at CLE 24 17 56 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.6
10 at PIT 10 4 13 0 1 1 6 0 0 1.9
11 vs BAL 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.3
12 vs WAS 5 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.2
13 at MIN 1 1 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.1
13 at MIN PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * 0 * * * *
13 at MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * 0 * * * *
13 at MIN PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 11 vs BAL (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris rarely saw the field against Baltimore with two non-descript carries during the stingy rush matchup. With Lance Dunbar in the mix for two-minute drill work, Morris upside if Ezekiel Elliott were to miss time takes some receiving production hit going forward.

2016 Week 10 vs PIT (4 / 13 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Morris had his usual couple of series of work against the Steelers; however, he was largely ineffective. Morris saw few defined holes to build momentum to the second level. The veteran running back did flash in the passing game with nice hands on a throw behind him in the second quarter.

2016 Week 9 vs CLE (17 / 56 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris enjoyed his largest workload of the season (17 carries) in mop-up duty of Dallas' comfortable road win against Cleveland. Morris' lunch pail effort would look better in the box score if not for a 15-yard run called back by penalty in the fourth quarter. Morris ground out the clock in the closing minutes with more than 20 yards on a key drive. This week was the ideal game script (outside of getting a rogue goal line look as Morris did in September) for Morris to excel. Without an injury to Ezekiel Elliott, Morris is a 5-to-10 carry option each week.

2016 Week 8 vs PHI (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris was held in check as Ezekiel Elliott's primary backup against Philadelphia. Two of Morris' carries came on back-to-back snaps late in the first quarter. Without an injury to Elliott, Morris relies on overt garbage time to accrue much work each week.

2016 Week 6 vs GB (3 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris barely saw the field against the Packers as Ezekiel Elliott continues to expand his game. Morris had just three touches with minimal success. Morris is a high-variance player with a high-ceiling if Elliott were to miss time and a minimal floor on a typical week with Elliott seeing his usual 20 touches or more.

2016 Week 5 vs CIN (6 / 33 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris continues to show well on limited touches, this week seeing six carries in pure relief duty of Ezekiel Elliott. Morris churned out five or more yards on most of his carries, including great blocking on his 17-yard highlight run. Morris is one of the better handcuffs in the NFL if Elliott were to miss time.

2016 Week 4 vs SF (7 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris had a minimal role behind Ezekiel Elliott, especially in the first half against San Francisco. As part of the clocking-milking effort with a late-game lead, Morris ground down the defense with his best runs. On his highlight run, Morris found a cutback lane, sported a spin move, and broken a tackle for a first down in the final 10 minutes of Dallas' road win. While Morris as upside for a goal line opportunity or two each week as Elliott's primary back, it is clear from the opening month Morris is a 5-to-10 carry back weekly unless Dallas is managing a blowout victory late.

2016 Week 3 vs CHI (5 / 19 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Morris saw minimal playing time behind Ezekiel Elliott, but saw the ball frequently on his snaps in Week 3. Morris sported an effective spin move on a notable carry and powered in a goal line carry for a score on another. While Morris mainly sees snaps on scripted drive-long rests for Elliott, Morris remains one of the highest upside primary backups in the NFL if the starter (Elliott) were to miss time.

2016 Week 2 vs WAS (5 / 7 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris saw minimal playing time behind Ezekiel Elliott until the rookie had his second fumble of the game against Washington. Morris converted a goal line carry to give Dallas a fourth quarter lead where the offensive line created a huge hole. Morris was also stuffed on a third-and-short situation. Outside of consistent fumbles by Ezekiel Elliott, Morris is relegated to inconsistent work in a run game yet to find its stride in 2016.

2016 Week 1 vs NYG (7 / 35 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris saw minimal time behind starter Ezekiel Elliott against the Giants, but performed well with his opportunities. Morris ran hard and had three chunk gains during his small sample size of snaps. His successes were a mix of winning collisions after building up momentum through the hole and getting skinny through the line of scrimmage to daylight. Morris saw better overall run blocking on his touches than starter Ezekiel Elliott did with his. With Darren McFadden out of the lineup, Morris is the handcuff to Elliott.


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