Alfred Morris is a name not many of you have heard when listening to or discussing fantasy football. You know why? Because no one has any idea who that kid is… but guess what, he’s a guy you should be drafting in your fantasy football leagues!
Guy you should be drafting: Alfred Morris
Listen, I may not be the greatest fantasy mind on the planet, but when Matthew Berry was telling you to take Michael Vick 1st overall last year, I was busy taking Drew Brees in the mid-2nd round the year before it was popular to spend big on QBs. I also snagged AJ Green in the 10th round. So yeah, I have some idea of what’s up and who to target in your later rounds.
This year, it’s Alfred Morris. The name just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Alfred Morris is a little-known RB drafted in the 6th round from the Florida Atlantic Owls, and chances are Mike Shanahan‘s going to cram him down the throats of the Washington Redskins’ opponents this season. Why is some dude named Alfred Morris going to get carries? Look no further than the triage of Washington Redskins running backs: Roy Helu (two achy Achilles tendons), Evan Royster (knee), and Tim Hightower (ACL recovery). As of today, Morris is set to be the Week 1 starter for the Redskins against the New Orleans Saints’ paltry, bounty-less run defense.
The Washington Times is giving rookie RB Alfred Morris a “strong chance” to make a “significant” impact in the Redskins’ 2012 backfield.
Mmmmm. That smell? That’s opportunity!
Yeah, but those dudes will get healthy, right?
This is Mike Shanahan we’re talking about here! If Morris has a good game against the Saints, he’s going to get a shot to keep the job. This is a guy who is going undrafted in fantasy leagues and can be had in rounds 13-15 of your draft. Remember when Shanahan threw a rookie named Clinton Portis on the field? 1,500 yards later, his owners were collecting sweet, sweet cash. How about Reuben Droughns? Remember that idiot? He went from being a shitty kick-returner to rushing for back-to-back 1,200 yard seasons, just because Mike Shanahan wanted it to happen.
Listen, Alfred Morris is no guarantee to hold worthwhile fantasy value this season, but in round 13, when other owners are taking guys like Randy Moss, make sure you’re taking Alfred Morris.