RB Alfred Morris - Dallas Cowboys
|5-9, 222||Born: 12-12-1988||College: Florida Atlantic||Drafted: Round 6|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Morris broke through against a previously impenetrable Eagles run defense as the only bright spot for the Cowboys in Week 11. He'll have flex value and possibly more if the team can get the rest of the offense straightened out against the Chargers on Thanksgiving.
Week 12: vs Los Angeles Chargers
FBG says: Great matchup. Before abandoning the run last week due to the Cowboys falling behind, Alfred Morris looked very solid behind this number one ranked offensive line. Morris is averaging 5.1 yards per carry since taking over the starting role from Ezekiel Elliott and went up against one of the best run defenses in football in the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Morris answered the question last week as far as who the number one running back is in this offense and should be the guy moving forward until Elliott's return. The Chargers are the third worst team in football against opposing running backs in terms of fantasy points allowed this season. The big issue for the Chargers is that while they are last in terms of rushing yards allowed at 138.9 per game, they also have really struggled against pass receiving running backs as they have allowed seven receptions per game for 54 yards per game. This could open up more opportunities for Rod Smith in this game as of the two active running back each week, Morris has had an inability to catch passes throughout his career and if this game stays close or if the Cowboys fall behind, you could see Rod Smith getting additional snaps to be a receiver as the team will abandon the run. This is what we saw last week where Smith out-snapped Morris. Both running backs are in good spots this week ad a vast majority of the success is going to be determined based on game script.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 11 vs PHI (17 / 91 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Morris was the clear starter against the Eagles logging 17 touches and a strong snap share until the closing minutes of the blowout home loss. Morris' success (91 yards), however, centered on a stretch in the third quarter and three runs overall totaling more than 60 yards. Morris enjoyed wide running lanes on those carries and struggled to create on his own without a clear path to the second level. Rod Smith was the preferred passing option and Morris did not see any short-range touchdown opportunities. With an overall neutral rushing schedule remaining, Morris has a better matchup in Week 12 against the run defense of the Chargers.
2017 Week 10 vs ATL (11 / 53 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
As expected, Morris was the lead back for Dallas with Ezekiel Elliott starting his suspension in Week 10. The Dallas offensive line provided minimal help to the Cowboys rushing attack, however, as Morris struggled throughout the first half to find the second level of the defense. In the third quarter strung together three runs of at least 10 yards, two of which were well-defined holes for Morris to gain momentum into the secondary. This stretch of three carries encompassed most of Morris' production on the day as Dallas fell behind as the game progressed and Rod Smith, the passing down back of choice, saw more playing time. On the positive side, Morris had a solid market share of snaps when the game was within reach if Dallas can hang in future games to sustain Morris' volume with better blocking at the point of attack.
2017 Week 4 vs LAR (2 / 76 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Morris rarely sees the field as Ezekiel Elliott dominates the backfield snaps for Dallas. However, Morris ripped off a long run of 71 yards against the Rams in relief duty. Morris was tracked down in the open field before the goal line as he lacks even average long speed. Morris remains the back to own behind Elliott as Darren McFadden was again a healthy scratch.
2017 Week 1 vs NYG (4 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With Darren McFadden a surprise inactive against the Giants, Morris was the clear No.2 back to Ezekiel Elliott. While Morris did not make an impact on his low volume of snaps, the depth chart shift is a notable change from the preseason if Elliott should begin serving a suspension in the coming weeks or miss time by injury.
Latest NewsCowboys | Alfred Morris logs 10 touches (Thu Nov 23, 09:31 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris rushed nine times for 36 yards and caught one pass for 13 yards in a 28-6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers Thursday, Nov. 23. link to story Cowboys | Alfred Morris delivers in loss (Sun Nov 19, 11:59 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris rushed 17 times for 91 yards in a 37-9 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11. link to story Cowboys | Alfred Morris leads backfield (Sun Nov 12, 11:51 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris rushed 11 times for 53 yards in a 27-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10. link to story
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