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RB Alfred Morris - Dallas Cowboys

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

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Week 8: vs Philadelphia Eagles

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Ezekiel Elliott finished with 157 rushing yards in the Week Six game against the Green Bay Packers. He has 703 yards rushing so far this season, second-most in a player's first six career games, behind only Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (787). Elliott is the only rookie to rush for at least 130 yards in four consecutive games. Elliott is white-hot entering this key NFC East showdown with Philadelphia. Philadelphia kept the Vikings' tandem of backs out of the end zone last weekend, with 27/93/0 rushing allowed during the game - two weeks ago, Washington hung 33/230/1 rushing over their divisional rivals' necks, though. It's fair to say the the rush defense has been up and down during recent weeks. From Week Five to Week Seven of regular season (the last three weeks), Philadelphia averages 22.7 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (ninth-most in the NFL). This looks like a good matchup for Elliott. Start him if you've got him!

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at SF 12 7 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.4
5 vs CIN 10 6 33 0 1 0 0 0 0 3.3
6 at GB 5 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2
8 vs PHI PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * 0 * * * *
8 vs PHI PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * 0 * * * *
8 vs PHI PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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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