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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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Free agent RB Roy Helu will test the open market.
Helu has been an intriguing player the past few years, but was unable to find more than passing-down work behind Alfred Morris in D.C. He'll look for a bigger role elsewhere, but Helu is going to be hurt by such a robust running-back market. He's still just 26 years old and owns a career 4.43 YPC average. Mar 4 - 3:02 PM

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Roy Helu plans to test free agency.

Helu was limited to 40 carries behind Alfred Morris this year. He's expected to look for a bigger role on the open market. Helu owns a 4.43 YPC over the last four seasons.
Jan 2 - 8:05 PM

Impending free agent Roy Helu said his return to Washington is 50-50.

Helu is excited to hit the open market and he should be. Long underutilized by the Redskins, he's averaged 4.80 YPC while mostly sustaining health over the last two seasons. He's also excelled in the pass game. Helu won't be expensive and can help a ton of teams.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Roy Helu rushed six times for 42 yards in the Redskins' Week 17 loss to the Cowboys, adding four receptions for 41 yards.

Helu's 83 yards from scrimmage were his second most of the season. He closes the book on 2014 the owner of 693 total yards, 477 of which came through the air. Helu is one of the game's very best change-of-pace backs, and owns a career 4.43 YPC. Helu deserves a bigger role, and headed to the open market, could earn one in free agency. If he re-signs with Washington, it will be as lightning to Alfred Morris' thunder.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 06:53:00 PM

Roy Helu (toe) is practicing in full for Week 16.

Helu should be ready to return as the Redskins' pass-catching back after a one-game absence. That means Chris Thompson will head back to the bench.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 02:43:00 PM

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.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 06:34:00 PM

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.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 03:19:00 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.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:28:00 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.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 07:26:00 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.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 05:52:00 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.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 05:15:00 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.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 12:14:00 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.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 07:06:00 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.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 08:43:00 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.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 12:30:00 AM