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46 Alfred Morris RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/218 | Birthdate: 12/12/1988 | Birthplace: Pensacola, FL, USA | Team: Washington | College: Florida Atlantic | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 100/90 | Average Draft Position: 14.16
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Alfred Morris a Fantasy running back worth targeting


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/3/2014) Alfred Morris is near and dear to my heart, so take this with a grain of salt, but I think the Redskins' decision to sign DeSean Jackson will be huge for him. 

What Jackson offers the Redskins is a playmaker with great deep speed -- the kind of speed that forces defenses to play back their safeties so they don't get burned. With D-Jax on one side and a very quick Pierre Garcon on the other, there will probably be few situations where the safeties will drop into the box and "dare" the Redskins to throw like they did last season. 

That opens up a world of possibilities for Morris' stats. 

Now there's some concern that he might get someone taking reps from him this season but I will say this: Morris has done nothing to lose his grip on the primary rushing workload. New head coach Jay Gruden won't mess with him, I don't think. Besides, Gruden was part of the Bengals brain trust that signed BenJarvus Green-Ellis in the spring of 2012 and then gave him 278 carries. Morris is better than Green-Ellis, don't you think?

I expect to project Morris for at least 1,300 total yards and at least nine touchdowns this season. He's a Top 15 player for me. 


Why DeSean Jackson is a good fit for Redskins


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) DeSean Jackson's skill set will mesh with the Redskins' offense and quarterback Robert Griffin III, according to ESPN.com. "Griffin's ability to throw the deep ball sits well with Jackson's penchant for catching them in the past," the report said. "It's what Jackson does best, and it's why he scares a defense so much. 

"Griffin might not have a laser arm like Michael Vick -- few do -- but it's a very good arm and it's certainly one that should connect with Jackson down the field. Oh, there's also Griffin's ability to extend plays with a group as fast as this one. That, too, should lead to headaches for opposing defensive coordinators in the week leading up to facing this offense."

Jackson joins wideouts Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts and tight end Jordan Reed to give Griffin four dangerous targets. The improved passing game also should open up running lanes for Alfred Morris.


Gruden expects Alfred Morris to improve as receiver


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/26/2014) New Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings that running back Alfred Morris could contribute more in the passing game this year.

Morris only has 20 catches over two seasons, but he caught four passes for 68 yards in the Pro Bowl.

"He wasn't asked to catch a lot of balls last year or even in college," Gruden said. "You want to have him be an all-around back. His hands aren't the most natural, but that's something you can work on. You don't have to run go routes at halfback. If he can catch a standard check down or a screen pass, he can catch 20-25 balls a year. It just adds to his resume as being one of the top backs in the league. We'll work on him quite a bit as far as catching the ball."


Jay Gruden gives strong assessment of Alfred Morris


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) New Redskins coach Jay Gruden had mostly glowing words for running back Alfred Morris but said the third-year pro could improve as a receiver and as a pass blocker.

“You can tell that Alfred’s got great vision,” Gruden told the team's website. “He’s a great zone scheme runner. He’s got good power, low center of gravity, he runs through the first arm tackles usually, and does a great job securing the ball.”

Gruden said Morris can go to another next level if he improves in the passing game.

“There are some things that Alfred can work on,” he said. “You know, pass blocking, pass catching. There are some things he’s not totally refined yet.”


Robert Griffin III to work with receivers next week


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and his receiving targets will gather in Arizona next week to "knock off some rust and get a jump on offseason workouts," reports the Washington Post. The receivers scheduled to attend include Pierre Garcon, Aldrick Robinson, Santana Moss, new additions Andre Roberts and David Gettis, tight end Jordan Reed and running backs Alfred Morris, Evan Royster and Chris Thompson.

Alfred Morris' fumbling is 'something to watch'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) Counting his fumble in the Pro Bowl, Redskins running back Alfred Morris lost four fumbles in his final four games. ESPN.com notes the fumbles "too often were not the result of some big hit. He just wasn't protecting the ball well."

The website called Morris' fumbling "something to watch early next season." Morris lost three fumbles as a rookie and four in 2013, not counting the Pro Bowl.


McVay: Redskins run game won't change much


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/21/2014) New Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay said he doesn't think the run game will change much under his guidance. McVay told ESPN.com that they'll stick with the same fundamentals and base principles they had under former coach Mike Shanahan. 

"Jay [Gruden] does a great job of adjusting to his players," McVay said per ESPN.com. "He doesn't make the player adjust to his scheme."

That should mean more of the zone run scheme the Redskins have used for the past few years, a system Alfred Morris thrived in. 

"He'll be the same guy," McVay said of Morris. "The run game will be very similar."


Alfred Morris a Pro Bowl addition


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) Redskins featured back Alfred Morris has been added to the Pro Bowl roster. He will replace either Frank Gore or Marshawn Lynch, whichever moves on to the Super Bowl.

Morris averaged a fine 4.6 yards per carry this season in racking up 1,275 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.


Alfred Morris has 83 total yards


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/29/2013) Redskins running back Alfred Morris ran 16 times for 62 yards in Sunday's 20-6 loss to the Giants. He also caught two passes for 21 yards and lost a fumble. 

Morris finishes the season with 1,275 rushing yards -- his second straight season with over 1,00 yards. He only scored seven touchdowns (after scoring 13 in 2012), but did play in all 16 games for the second consecutive year. 

He ran for 90 or more yards seven times this season. 


Alfred Morris a solid Week 17 play


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/27/2013) Redskins running back Alfred Morris has run for 186 yards over the past two games, scoring a touchdown in Week 16 (his seventh rushing touchdown of the season). And while Morris has a long list of positives over the course of the season (including 1,213 rushing yards), none may be as important as his numbers in these past two games, since Kirk Cousins took over at quarterback from Robert Griffin III. 

Morris' matchup in Week 17 also provieds a boost to his value. The Giants have been decent against the run overall this season, but they've struggled in the last three games. Opposing running backs have scored five touchdowns in that three-game span, with Ryan Mathews and Joique Bell both going over 90 rushing yards. Four running backs have scored 15 or more Fantasy points in standard leagues in the last three games against the Giants. 

Morris isn't a real threat to go for 25 Fantasy points, but he has been solid since Cousins took over, and is a good bet to hit double digits in standard and PPR formats. He can be started in most leagues. 


Alfred Morris punches one in Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Washington running back Alfred Morris punched in a score Week 16 against the Cowboys.

Morris finished the game with 88 yards on 24 rushes. He was a big part a scoring drive in the third quarter. Morris was involved on five of the team's seven plays on the drive, which ended with Morris scoring a 4 yard touchdown. He was clearly a big part of the team's gameplan, despite averaging under 4 yards a carry.

Morris will take on the Giants Week 17.


Alfred Morris ready to run wild Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Washington running back Alfred Morris is ready to run wild over the Cowboys Week 16.

Dallas has been the worst team in the league against running backs, allowing them to average 23.71 Fantasy points per game. Yardage is a big reason for that horrible ranking. Opposing runners have averaged 115.36 rushing yards per game against the Cowboys, which is the third worst figure against the run. Through 14 games, the team has given up 15 rushing touchdowns.

In the first matchup between the two teams this year, Morris rushed for 81 yards and a score. In his short career, Morris has already dominated the Cowboys. In three career games, he's scored five touchdowns and averaged 131.3 yards per game against Dallas. Given Dallas' struggles this season, and Morris' history against them, it would be foolish to put Morris on the bench Week 16.


Alfred Morris makes most of good matchup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) Redskins running back Alfred Morris went without a touchdown for the fifth time in six games Week 15 at Atlanta, but he got back to his usual rushing line after averaging 36.3 yards in his previous three games. Taking advantage of a defense that entered the game ranked 30th against the run, he picked up 98 yards on 18 carries.

And that was with the Redskins trailing much of the second half.

Granted, Morris took a back seat when they were trailing, which is exactly what happened in his previous three games, but he was so productive in the first half, picking up 75 yards on 11 carries, that it didn't impact his final line too much. Of course, he did lose two fumbles in the game, but he was clearly the Redskins' only choice to run the ball. Roy Helu had the Redskins' only other three carries, picking up 5 yards.

The Redskins offense looked better with Kirk Cousins under center for the first time this season, allowing Morris to stay involved a little longer. He'll hope it continues Week 16 against the Cowboys. 


If not now for Alfred Morris, then when?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/11/2013) After emerging as one of the most reliable running backs in Fantasy over the first 11 weeks of the season, the Redskins' Alfred Morris has been a dud over the last three, averaging 13.0 carries for 36.3 yards. Granted, he was facing decent run defenses during that time, but his struggles likely had more to do with the Redskins falling behind big and having to abandon the running game.

If there was ever a Morris for him to bounce back, it's Week 15 at Atlanta. The Falcons rank 30th against the run, allowing 133.6 yards per game and 4.6 yards per carry, and have surrendered the sixth-most Fantasy points to running backs. And they're in a rut of their own, averaging 18.4 points over their last seven games, which means they're not a big threat to pull away.

But given the state of the Redskins right now, the matchup may be irrelevant. They just made a change at quarterback, their coach is a sitting duck, and they played without conviction in a blowout loss to the Chiefs last week. Even the Falcons have a shot at eliminating Morris from the game plan.

That said, if you can't rely on him now in Fantasy, when can you? All three of the CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts seem willing, with Nathan Zegura ranking him the highest at third among running backs and Dave Richard ranking him the lowest at 17th.


Alfred Morris becomes afterthought in blowout


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/8/2013) Alfred Morris' attempt to bounce back from a miserable 26-yard effort against the Giants last week was over before it really got started Week 14 against Kansas City. After the Chiefs scored on their first three drives to go up 17-0, Morris became an afterthought on offense. He had five carries for 17 yards before that point and seven carries for 14 yards after.

Trailing 38-10 at halftime, the Redskins more or less abandoned the running game, giving Morris just three carries from that point forward. Week 14 was Morris' third straight game with fewer than 15 carries. Two of them were lopsided losses.

Morris will attempt to get back on track in what looks to be a much more favorable matchup Week 15 at Atlanta.


Not the worst matchup for Alfred Morris


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/5/2013) At first glance, Alfred Morris' matchup Week 14 against Kansas City appears to be an unfavorable one. After all, it's the Chiefs. Their defense took the Fantasy world by storm with its opportunistic play over the first nine weeks.

But statistically, the Chiefs haven't fared well against the run this season. They rank 21st, giving up 117.3 yards per game and an eyebrow-raising 4.6 yards per carry. As with their suspect ranking against the pass, the Chiefs' poor performance against the run is mostly isolated to two games, Week 3 at Philadelphia and Week 9 at Buffalo, but still, they've shown they can be beat.

So is Morris a candidate to beat them? Well, he doesn't have the big-play ability of a LeSean McCoy or C.J. Spiller and is coming off a couple miserable weeks against the 49ers and Giants, but he remains the Redskins' most consistent offensive weapon. If the game remains relatively close, he'll get his carries.

Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all seem willing to trust in Morris this week, ranking him among their top 15 running backs.


Mike Shanahan tries to explain Alfred Morris' disappearance


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) After workhorse running back Alfred Morris barely touched the ball in the second half vs. the Giants, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was asked repeatedly by reporters to explain why. Morris got two carries in the second half and finished with 11 totes for 26 yards and a touchdown. 

At no time in the game did Washington trail by more than one score.

“Well, that has to do with third downs, Shanahan said, per the Washington Post. "When you don’t get the opportunity to have a bunch of plays in that second half — like we didn’t — you don’t have the opportunity to run that many plays. 

"In that second half, I think in the first drive even though we went 50-some yards, I think we had 30 yards in penalties," he added. "And then you get a couple of three plays and out, and there’s a couple of situations where you have some penalties and you’re in long yardage situations and you’re trying to get first downs. So that’s why you don’t get the number of carries.”

Shanahan also noted the team wasn't having any success with Morris, though he did score on a 1-yard plunge early.

Morris has a total of 25 carries the past two weeks after getting 73 carries over the previous three games.


Alfred Morris vanishes from game plan


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) Redskins running back Alfred Morris finished with a season-low 26 rushing yards on 11 carries in the loss to the Giants. He did not carry the ball after a holding call wiped out his 6-yard run with 8:36 left in the third quarter.

Morris did score his sixth touchdown on a 1-yard lunge in the first quarter. And he caught a career-best three passes for 27 yards despite entering the game with three catches all season. 

But he only got two carries after halftime. Coach Mike Shanahan said Morris disappeared because the Redskins didn't run many plays in the second half and they weren't running the ball well anyway.

Morris plays the Chiefs in Week 14.


Alfred Morris can't get going against San Francisco


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2013) Redskins running back Alfred Morris failed to get going as he was stuffed by San Francisco’s defense, leading to one of his worst rushing performances of the season in Week 12 against the 49ers on Monday night.

Morris broke for a 12-yard run in the second quarter for his longest gain of the night. With the game out of hand, Morris only received three carries in the second half. He had 14 carries for a game-high 52 yards (3.7 yards per carry) in a 27-6 defeat.

Morris was held under 55 rushing yards for the second time this season. He has 970 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the year. He'll look to get back on track at home against the Giants in Week 13.

Alfred Morris can't find the end zone


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/17/2013) With 93 yards on 22 carries, Redskins running back Alfred Morris put together his fifth straight game with at least 90 rushing yards Week 11 at Philadelphia, averaging 108.2 during that stretch. But for the second straight game, he was kept out of the end zone, reduced to playing a spectator role with the Redskins in catch-up mode much of the second half.

Of those 93 rushing yards, 86 came in the first half, before the Redskins had to abandon the running game. As usual, Morris was a non-factor in the passing game, going without a catch for the eighth straight game.

Morris will look to play a bigger role from start to finish Week 12 against the 49ers.


Alfred Morris as advisable as ever


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/12/2013) If not for touchdown vultures like Darrel Young and Roy Helu in recent weeks, the Redskins' Alfred Morris might be the top running back in Fantasy by now. He has run for at least 90 yards in four straight games, averaging 112.0 per game.

So naturally, he's a must-start Week 11 at Philadelphia. The Eagles rank in the middle of the pack against the run, but that's usually because they're getting beat by the pass. As long as the Redskins don't fall behind early -- as happened in Week 1, when Morris had only 45 yards on 12 carries against these same Eagles -- they should continue with the balanced approach they've used the last week few weeks.

In three games against the Eagles over the last two years, Morris has averaged 70.7 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns. As hot as he's been the last four weeks, Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all expect him to exceed those numbers in Week 11, ranking him among their top 10 at running back.


Alfred Morris tops 100 yards in consecutive weeks


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2013) Redskins running back Alfred Morris has rushed for 100 yards in consecutive games as he topped the century mark Thursday night during the Week 10 game at Minnesota.

Morris totaled 139 yards on the ground on 26 carries as Washington fell to the Vikings. Morris did not score during the game and also didn't receive any passes his way.

The Redskins' running back has at least 80 yards rushing in five straight games and has three touchdowns over that span. He's scored five times this season. Washington plays at Philadelphia Week 11.

Alfred Morris remains a solid start


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2013) Redskins running back Alfred Morris has a solid matchup awaiting him Week 10 on the road at Minnesota on Thursday night. The No. 1 back for Washington will be facing the team allowing the sixth-most Fantasy points per game to opposing RBs this season.

The Vikings are allowing a rushing touchdown per game this season and that bodes well for Morris. That said, with Roy Helu and Darrel Young seeing goal-line carries recently, you never know who will get the ball near the end zone for coach Mike Shanahan.

Still, Morris has been a stud once again this season for the Redskins. He rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown last week and has scored three times in his last four games and five times overall on the year. Morris is a no doubt No. 1 Fantasy option for Week 10.

Alfred Morris nets 121 yards, TD


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Redskins running back Alfred Morris rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown during the Week 9 overtime win over San Diego from D.C. Sunday. 

Morris took the ball 25 times for the Redskins and averaged 4.8 yards per carry. He scored on a 5-yard run in the second quarter of the game. Washington coach Mike Shanahan called fullback Darrel Young's number three times for touchdowns that could have gone to Morris. 

Morris was not targeted in the passing game by quarterback Robert Griffin III. The 24-year-old second-year back has rushing touchdowns in three of his last four games and five on the year. He now has 18 for his career. 

The Redskins next play on Thursday of Week 10 at Minnesota.


Alfred Morris worth starting despite tough matchup


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2013) The Redskins almost completely went away from the running game in the second half of last week's loss at Denver. Alfred Morris still nearly reached 100 yards and a touchdown in the game.

Morris rushed 17 times for 93 yards and a score and has gone for at least 71 yards in every game since Week 1 of the season. He's scored touchdowns in every other game beginning with Week 1 and has four TDs total as the Redskins get ready to host the Chargers Week 9 on Sunday.

San Diego is not an easy team to run on. In fact, the Chargers are allowing the fewest Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season. The Chargers are the only team in the NFL that has yet to allow a rushing TD.

Maurice Jones-Drew managed just 37 yards last week on the Chargers. In fact, the 90 yards Chris Johnson amassed for the Titans Week 3 stands as the best individual rushing effort this season against San Diego.

Tough matchup aside, Morris has and will continue to be the work horse of the Washington offense. He deserves to remain active in most Fantasy leagues as a low-end No. 1 or high-end No. 2 Fantasy RB for Sunday's game.