Could Alfred Morris wind up being the starter for Week 1? Well according to Chris Russell on Twitter, Redskins HC Mike Shanahan is certainly suggesting it.
Shanny is basically sitting on his ever so old mantra of "we'll play the best players..." which suggests that Alfred Morris could be that guy after torching the Indianapolis Colts for 107 rushing yards and a single TD.
Washington has a bevy of running backs aside from Morris, but Morris is by far the healthiest and having the best preseason to date so it's easy to assume he (Alfred Morris) could hold the most early season fantasy football value for owners.
If Alfred Morris continues to shine, he'll easily enter into RB Sleeper territory.
Morris, like a few other RBs this season, is a guy you want to continue watching. Since the third preseason game of the year is sort of the "dress rehearsal" for the regular season, Morris' performance may be enough for him to start in Week 1. Alfred Morris is not a guy that you will find in most Fantasy Football Rankings, but don't think that your fellow owners won't be aware of him either—if you're rounding out the back-end of your team and need a RB Alfred Morris would make a fine value pick.
Week 3 Round and More
- QB Matthew Stafford hurt his NON-throwing hand in Saturday's preseason game, but the injury is not considered to be an issue.
- RB Cedric Benson is gaining more and more popularity. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that "several personnel men" scouting the Packers-Bengals game felt Benson looked really good; better than expected really. The Packers are a pass-first team, but don't underestimate their willingness to run the ball. Benson has soared up the ADP charts and is currently averaging out as a fifth round RB which is a steal.
- WR Dwayne Harris put on quite a show in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams as he finished with 118 receiving yards and 2 TDs. Harris is likely to split time with Cole Beasley in the slot but he may also wind up having some additional return-man value for those of you competing in leagues that award such points. He's definitely a player to put on your watch list this season.
- RG David Joseph (TB) was placed on injured reserve with a torn left patellar tendon officially ending his season. The issue here is that the Bucs O-line is their bread and butter, so losing Joseph will not only hurt the ground game, but also the passing game. This news doesn't necessarily de-value anyone in TB, but his replacement (Ted Larsen) just isn't as good as Joseph—something to think about.
- Colts owner Jim Irsay appears to have something up his sleeve and it could be some sort of trade. Irsay has been dropping little hints of a possible "upgrade" on his Twitter account. Here's his last two Tweets:
[box] Aug, 26th: "TradeWinds whipping fiercely but it's gotta get done soon,if it's gonna get done,Coaches need him ASAP 4 catch up learning curve" Aug, 12th: "No,trade winds still howlin'...but only time will tell if they were ghostly vapors or a flesh n blood upgrade!!!!!!!"[/box]
Here's Irsay's Official Twitter page, tell him I said your welcome for the additional followers.