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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 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

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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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Robert Griffin III
2Colt McCoy
3Kirk Cousins
RB1Alfred Morris
2Roy Helu
3Silas Redd
GLB1Alfred Morris
2Darrel Young
3RB1Roy Helu
2Silas Redd
FB1Darrel Young
WR11Pierre Garcon
2Ryan Grant
3Santana Moss
4Leonard Hankerson
WR21DeSean Jackson
2Andre Roberts
3Aldrick Robinson
WR31Andre Roberts
TE1Jordan Reed
2Niles Paul
3Logan Paulsen
K1Kai Forbath