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Roy Helu | Running Back

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 215
College: Nebraska
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Roy Helu (toe) did not practice Wednesday.
Helu is expected to miss at least one week with turf toe, and could be placed on injured reserve. Silas Redd will back up Alfred Morris against the Giants. Dec 10 - 6:34 PM

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Roy Helu has been diagnosed with turf toe, and is expected to miss at least one week.

Helu didn't touch the ball in Sunday's loss to the Rams. He'll likely be headed to injured reserve unless the Redskins are certain he'll be back for Week 16. There's zero reason to keep Helu around in re-draft leagues. Silas Redd will back up Alfred Morris against the Giants.
Dec 8 - 3:19 PM

Roy Helu caught all four of his targets for 61 yards and a touchdown Week 14 against the Colts.

Helu roasted Jerrell Freeman for a 21-yard score just before halftime and stayed heavily involved in the offense in the second half with the Redskins playing from behind. Helu carried the ball for the first time in three games on Sunday, but managed just five yards on one tote. Helu is too inconsistent to be anything more than a RB4.
Nov 30 - 5:28 PM

Roy Helu did not log a rushing attempt but caught two passes for nine yards in the Redskins' Week 12 loss to the 49ers.

Alfred Morris was rolling in this one, limiting Helu's usage. One of the NFL's best third-down and change-of-pace backs, we've long wanted to see what Helu could do in more of a full-time role. He is an impending free agent and should get a chance to be a starter this offseason. In 2014, Helu is a Morris handcuff and RB4 in fantasy leagues the rest of the way.
Nov 23 - 7:26 PM

Roy Helu had six catches for 57 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 against the Bucs.

He didn't have any carries, but managed to finish with a team-high six targets. Helu also lost a fumble in the first half. His touchdown came on a 29-yard screen pass for the Redskins only touchdown. Helu is on the PPR radar as an RB4, but remains little more than a handcuff to Alfred Morris.
Nov 16 - 5:52 PM

Roy Helu rushed three times for six yards and caught four passes for 46 yards in Sunday's Week 9 loss at Minnesota.

Once again, Helu was exceptional as the replacement for Alfred Morris on every third down and in hurry-up situations. He's not going to get more than 3-5 carries in any games, but he is averaging 3.5 receptions per game over the last six weeks. Deep-league PPR owners should take note as the Redskins head into their bye.
Nov 2 - 5:15 PM

Roy Helu rushed for 29 yards on five carries in the Redskins' Week 8 overtime win over the Cowboys.

Helu added two catches for 14 yards. He remains little more than a handcuff to Alfred Morris owners. Morris has struggled this season, but it still locked in as the feature back. Helu is a low-end RB4 as a standalone option.
Oct 28 - 12:14 AM

Roy Helu rushed five times for 29 yards in Washington's Week 7 win over the Titans.

Helu caught three passes, but ended up with -9 receiving yards. Although Alfred Morris has been far from scintillating as the Redskins' feature back, Helu remains little more than a handcuff. He's a low-end RB4 as a standalone option.
Oct 19 - 7:06 PM

Roy Helu rushed three times for 26 yards and caught two passes for 40 yards in the Redskins' Week 6 loss to the Cardinals.

The Redskins' change-of-pace and passing-down back, Helu ripped off a 33-yard gain on a screen pass late in the second quarter to set up Kai Forbath's field goal just before halftime. One of the league's most effective backup running backs, Helu would become an every-week RB1/2 if something happened to Alf Morris.
Oct 12 - 8:43 PM

Roy Helu caught five passes for 59 yards in the Redskins' Week 5 loss to the Seahawks.

Helu rushed just two times for minus-one yard in a game the Seahawks' run defense dominated the line of scrimmage. Helu has now topped 50 yards receiving in three straight games, so he obviously has some deep standalone PPR value, but Helu's value would skyrocket if Alfred Morris ever got hurt.
Oct 7 - 12:30 AM

Roy Helu caught 5-of-5 targets for 78 yards in the Redskins' Week 4 loss to the Giants, adding two carries for eight yards.

Four of Helu's touches came in the fourth quarter of a game already well out of reach. Helu continues to look explosive with the ball in his hands, but remains zero threat to Alfred Morris' early-down supremacy. Helu is a high-upside handcuff, but a standalone RB4. His work is simply too sporadic.
Sep 26 - 12:40 AM

Roy Helu rushed one time for one yard with a touchdown and caught one pass for 55 yards in Sunday's Week 3 loss at Philadelphia.

Helu made the most of his two touches. The first was a screen pass in the fourth quarter that went down to the 1-yard line, and the second was the subsequent goal-line plunge. Helu remains a mere handcuff for Alf Morris owners.
Sep 21 - 5:32 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Robert Griffin III
2Kirk Cousins
RB1Alfred Morris
2Roy Helu
3Silas Redd
4Chris Thompson
GLB1Alfred Morris
2Darrel Young
3RB1Roy Helu
2Silas Redd
FB1Darrel Young
WR11DeSean Jackson
2Andre Roberts
3Santana Moss
WR21Pierre Garcon
2Leonard Hankerson
3Ryan Grant
WR31Andre Roberts
TE1Jordan Reed
2Niles Paul
3Logan Paulsen
K1Kai Forbath