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Roy Helu | Running Back

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 215
College: Nebraska
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Roy Helu (knee) is practicing in full for Week 3.
Helu is ready to rock for Sunday's game against the Eagles, where he'll be an RB4 as the Redskins' passing-down back. Helu is worth a bench spot in standard formats, but isn't in the starting conversation outside of PPR leagues. Sep 18 - 6:46 PM

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Roy Helu left Sunday's Week 2 game against the Jaguars in the fourth quarter with a left knee injury.

The severity of Helu's injury is unknown, but he was ruled out for the day quickly. Before leaving, the Redskins' clear-cut third-down back and Alf Morris handcuff had eight carries for 25 yards to go with two catches for 11 yards. Third-stringer Silas Redd is finishing out the blowout.
Sep 14 - 3:54 PM

Roy Helu rushed four times for 46 yards and caught two passes for 15 yards in Sunday's Week 1 loss at Houston.

Helu has a lot of juice in his legs, and he got to show it as he's now the clear-cut passing back behind two-down starter Alfred Morris. There's not going to be much standalone appeal here though -- especially when the Redskins project to be winning. They host the Jags in Week 2.
Sep 7 - 5:07 PM

Roy Helu is locked in as the Redskins' passing back.

Lache Seastrunk and Chris Thompson were both cut on Saturday, leaving only Helu and Silas Redd behind stone-handed Alf Morris. Helu stands out as the best pass protector and receiver, meaning he'll be playing a ton of snaps if/when the Redskins get behind this season. Last year, Jay Gruden gave big back BenJarvus Green-Ellis 220 carries and change-of-pace Gio Bernard 170.
Aug 31 - 12:00 PM

Roy Helu had seven carries for 30 yards in Saturday night's preseason game.

He added one catch for three yards. Helu worked with the first team, playing mostly on third downs. He's locked in as Washington's passing-down back. Helu is worth rostering in all leagues as an Alfred Morris handcuff.
Aug 23 - 10:18 PM

Coach Jay Gruden confirmed Roy Helu is the favorite to remain Washington's third-down back.

Helu was PFF's No. 3 running back in pass protection last season, and a top-five pass-protecting back in 2011 as a rookie. "I feel most confident with him on third down other than Alfred," Gruden said. "[Lache] Seastrunk has got a little way to go and Silas Redd's doing a much better job coming in here." Helu is worth rostering in all leagues as a Morris handcuff and backup PPR flex.
Aug 16 - 2:20 PM

Roy Helu carried the ball five times for 14 yards in the Redskins' preseason opener before departing with a "minor" knee injury.

He added two catches for 23 yards before departing. It's the latest reminder of Helu's propensity for picking up nicks and bruises. His injury came on a night where rookies Lache Seastrunk and Silas Redd both made noise with the third team, though Helu's role as the Redskins' third-down back is all but assured.
Aug 7 - 10:48 PM

The Washington Post expects Roy Helu to remain the Redskins' third-down back.

Reporter Mike Jones had previously called the position "unsettled," but now believes Helu will hold off Chris Thompson, Evan Royster and Lache Seastrunk. This has been our expectation all along. An all-purpose back who has settled in as one of the league's better backups, Helu is worth a late fantasy pick.
Aug 5 - 9:51 PM

Pro Football Focus has rated Roy Helu as a top-five running back in pass protection in two of his first three NFL seasons.

Helu missed most of 2012. He was PFF's No. 5 pass-protecting back as a 2011 rookie, and No. 3 overall last year behind Frank Gore and Maurice Jones-Drew. The Washington media has suggested Helu could lose the job to Chris Thompson or rookie Lache Seastrunk. We see either scenario as highly unlikely. With a 4.26 YPC career average, Helu is as trusty as No. 2 NFL backs come.
Jul 21 - 2:33 PM

The Washington Post's Mike Jones believes the Redskins' third-down back position is "unsettled."

Roy Helu is the clear favorite, but Jones' tone suggests there is a real chance Chris Thompson beats him out in camp. Thompson is more dynamic than Helu, but has not stayed healthy since his sophomore college season and has yet to prove he has the pass protection skills to survive as a third-down back. Rookie Lache Seastrunk is also in the mix, but would have to show vast improvement both as a blocker and receiver. The odds are still squarely in Helu's favor, and he is worth a late-round flier as the passing-down back in Jay Gruden's offense.
Jul 3 - 6:56 PM

Roy Helu activated an escalator in his contract that bumps his base salary from $645,000 to $1.389 million in 2014.

He hit the escalator by playing more than 35 percent of Washington's offensive snaps in two of his first three seasons. Multiple reports out of D.C. insist Helu's 2014 offensive role will not change, staying relegated to third-down back duties behind Alfred Morris. Through three NFL seasons, 25-year-old Helu is averaging 4.26 yards per carry with seven touchdowns across 34 games.
Feb 12 - 12:30 PM

CSN Washington doesn't expect Roy Helu to cut into Alfred Morris' workload in 2014.

Helu had only 62 carries as the Redskins' third-down back this past season. He doesn't project for a major role in the run game behind Morris, though new coach Jay Gruden could get him more involved after using a two-back system with the Bengals. Washington is expected to be more of a pass-balanced offense under Gruden, which should increase Helu's snaps. Helu is owed just $645,000 in the final year of his contract and will return as the clear-cut No. 2 back.
Feb 7 - 7:47 PM

Roy Helu rushed three times for 24 yards and caught two passes for 21 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Giants.

Although the Redskins trailed for most of the season and Helu therefore played a ton of snaps, the touches just weren't there. He finishes with 62 carries for 274 yards with four touchdowns (three in one game) and 31 catches for 258 yards. Helu will be playing for a new coach in 2014, the final year of his rookie contract. The Redskins would do well to get their explosive perimeter runner more work.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 06:01:00 PM

Roy Helu rushed one time for negative-two yards and caught two passes for five yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Cowboys.

Helu played his standard third-down role behind Alfred Morris. Over the last three weeks, that's yielded a total of nine touches.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 06:07:00 PM

Roy Helu rushed for five yards on three carries in Week 15 at Atlanta.

Helu caught one pass for four yards. There's no reason for him to be rostered in re-draft leagues with Alfred Morris healthy for championship week.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 07:32:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Kirk Cousins
2Colt McCoy
3Robert Griffin III
RB1Alfred Morris
2Roy Helu
3Silas Redd
GLB1Alfred Morris
2Roy Helu
3RB1Roy Helu
2Alfred Morris
FB1Darrel Young
WR11Pierre Garcon
2Santana Moss
3Ryan Grant
4Leonard Hankerson
WR21DeSean Jackson
2Andre Roberts
3Aldrick Robinson
WR31Andre Roberts
TE1Jordan Reed
2Logan Paulsen
3Niles Paul
K1Kai Forbath