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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 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

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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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Colt McCoy
2Robert Griffin III
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