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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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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

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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

Roy Helu totaled seven yards on two touches in Washington's Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

The touches were Helu's fewest since Week 2. Given sporadic playing time in Washington's increasingly-inept offense, there's little reason to keep Alfred Morris' handcuff around for the rest of the fantasy playoffs.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 06:37:00 PM

Roy Helu rushed for six yards on four carries in Sunday night's Week 13 loss to the Giants, adding four catches for 34 yards.

Helu saw heavy snaps in the Redskins' no-huddle offense and was used in all third down and passing situations. He got a rare goal-line carry in the first quarter, but failed to convert. Helu remains a pure handcuff in fantasy leagues. He has just 54 carries and 242 rushing yards through 12 games.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 12:19:00 AM

Roy Helu rushed for 26 yards on seven carries in Week 12 against the 49ers.

He added one catch for seven yards on his lone target. The seven carries were the most Helu's seen since Week 7, but he didn't do much with them. His most notable carry of the night came on a failed fourth-and-two. It was an odd play call to say the least. Helu remains a pure handcuff for Alfred Morris owners.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 12:06:00 AM

Roy Helu rushed three times for 39 yards and added three catches for 11 yards in Sunday's Week 11 loss at Philadelphia.

Helu broke off an explosive 24-yard run with the Redskins in all-out comeback mode, but was quiet once again otherwise. He's just not going to get any base carries with Alfred Morris playing so well. Helu has had six or fewer touches in four straight games.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 05:47:00 PM

Roy Helu rushed twice for eight yards in Washington's Week 10 loss to the Vikings, adding three catches for 23 yards.

Helu got a carry at the Vikings' eight-yard line, but couldn't turn it into his fifth rushing score of the season. Limited to 85 total yards since his three-touchdown outburst in Week 6, Helu remains a pure handcuff for re-draft league purposes.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 12:46:00 AM

Roy Helu rushed two times for 23 yards and caught one pass for six yards in Sunday's Week 9 overtime win over the Chargers.

Helu did not take any early-down reps from Alfred Morris, who continues to shed defenders and break tackles at an elite rate. And with the Redskins winning most of the game, they did not utilize their "turbo" package at all. It left Helu with his fewest touches since Week 3. He's now on pace for 104 touches, 628 total yards and eight touchdowns. Helu is a high-quality handcuff and nothing more heading into the Thursday night game against the Vikings.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 05:53:00 PM

Roy Helu rushed five times for 11 yards in Washington's Week 8 loss to the Broncos, adding one catch for 14 yards.

One week after vulturing three touchdowns, Helu got out-touched 17-6 by Alfred Morris, and out-gained 93-25. Morris scored the Redskins' lone rushing touchdown. Helu still has some appeal as an RB3/4 in PPR leagues, but is a low-end FLEX option in standard formats.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 08:11:00 PM

The Redskins' Week 7 gameplan called for more of the "turbo" package.

It's their hurry-up package and it's notable because Roy Helu is the every-down back in that set. The Redskins were especially effective in it against the Bears Sunday, leading to 12 touches for 46 yards and three touchdowns for Helu. There's not a running back controversy here, but Helu has earned a bigger role (12.3 touches per game over the last three weeks) with his impressive size/speed skill set. Alfred Morris is only an early-down back in base packages. Helu will be a flex option at Denver in Week 8.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 10:56:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Robert Griffin III
2Kirk Cousins
3Colt McCoy
RB1Alfred Morris
2Roy Helu
3Lache Seastrunk
4Evan Royster
5Chris Thompson
GLB1Alfred Morris
2Roy Helu
3RB1Roy Helu
2Alfred Morris
FB1Darrel Young
2Stephen Campbell
WR11Pierre Garcon
2Santana Moss
3Leonard Hankerson
4Nick Williams
5Cody Hoffman
WR21DeSean Jackson
2Andre Roberts
3Aldrick Robinson
4Ryan Grant
5Rashad Ross
WR31Andre Roberts
TE1Jordan Reed
2Logan Paulsen
3Niles Paul
4Ted Bolser
5Mike Caussin
K1Kai Forbath
2Zach Hocker