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29 Roy Helu RB
Height/Weight: 5-11/215 | Birthdate: 12/7/1988 | Birthplace: Danville, CA, USA | Team: Washington | College: Nebraska | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 27/1 | Average Draft Position: 168.23
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Redskins coach likes Roy Helu's pass-protection skills


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters Thursday he's most comfortable with Roy Helu in pass protection out of all the team's running backs, according to The Washington Post.

Roy Helu, Chris Thompson stuck on sidelines in practice


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Redskins running backs Roy Helu (knee) and Chris Thompson (ankle) were limited to side work Saturday at practice, according to CSNWashington.com. Both players have been bothered by injuries in recent days while battling for the third-down back role. 

Gruden admits Redskins 'need another back' on third downs


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/29/2014) Alfred Morris can't do it all -- that's the message sent by new Redskins coach Jay Gruden when he said "[w]e need another back to emerge as that third-down back."

ESPN took a look at the candidates to work as that third-down guy and concluded that Roy Helu is the best option. Helu not only has the size and experience to work as a third-down back but is "more than just a third-down guy" because he can handle every-down work if need be. Working in a third-down type of role last season, Helu had 62 carries for 274 yards and four touchdowns with 31 grabs for 251 yards -- an 8.1 yard average. 


Roy Helu not locked into third-down job?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/2/2014) Roy Helu has held down the Redskins' third-down role among running backs for the past couple of seasons, but it doesn't mean he's a cinch to continue to do so. The team has Chris Thompson and Lache Seastrunk on the roster to compete with him, plus Helu has never shown excellent traits of a make-you-miss type of back. 

The Washington Post surmises that experience should keep Helu ahead of the other candidates for the job, but that any strong work this summer by Thompson or Seastrunk could change that. 


Roy Helu gets a raise


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/12/2014) Redskins running back Roy Helu earned a raise after his performance in 2013, reports the Washington Times.

The report says Helu reached the "proven performance escalator," a clause in the collective bargaining agreement that rewards players who were drafted in the third through seventh rounds who are entering the final year of their rookie contract. That means Helu, who was supposed to earn a base salary of $645,000 this season, will instead earn a base salary of $1,389,000. 

Helu qualified for the clause by playing in more than 35 percent of the Redskins’ offensive plays during two of his first three seasons.


Several Washington players have minor contributions


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/29/2013) Redskins running back Roy Helu ran the ball three times for 24 yards in Sunday's 20-6 loss to the Giants. He also caught two passes for 14 yards. 

Wide receiver Aldrick Robinson was targeted 10 times, but only managed three catches for 33 yards. The 10 targets were a season-high for Robinson. 

Logan Paulsen caught four passes for 32 yards, and Santana Moss caught two passes for 13 yards. 

Washington finishes the season 3-13, and several changes to personnel and the coaching staff are expected in the offseason. 


Roy Helu gets one carry Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Washington running back Roy Helu had just one carry Week 16 against the Cowboys.

Helu carried for -2 yards. He also caught two passes for five yards. He was not a big part of the team's running plans. Helu will take on the Giants Week 17.


Roy Helu among fringe contributors


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) The Redskins got minimal contributions from running back Roy Helu, wide receiver Josh Morgan and wide receiver Nick Williams Week 15 at Atlanta.

Helu, the most notable of the three, played a decent number of snaps in relief of Alfred Morris, but he finished with just three carries for 5 yards and one catch for 4. Morgan had three catches for 29 yards, and Williams had one catch for 4.

The Redskins host the Cowboys in Week 16.


Roy Helu a non-factor in blowout


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/8/2013) Normally trusted as a receiver out of the backfield when his team is trailing, Redskins backup running back Roy Helu contributed virtually nothing in a 45-10 loss to the Chiefs in Week 14. He was targeted four times but caught just one pass for 2 yards. He also ran once for 5 yards.

Alfred Morris wasn't stealing any of Helu's touches, though. The starting running back finished with just 12 carries for 31 yards.

The Redskins visit the Falcons in Week 15.


Spot duty likely won't be enough for Roy Helu


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/5/2013) Judging by the numbers, the Redskins' matchup against Kansas City in Week 14 doesn't appear to be so unfavorable for the running game. The Chiefs rank 21st against the run, allowing 117.3 yards per game and 4.6 yards per carry.

But most of the damage was isolated to two games -- Week 3 at Philadelphia and Week 9 at Buffalo -- so don't get any ideas about Roy Helu making a big impact in a backup role to Alfred Morris.

Coach Mike Shanahan has made it clear that Helu is his preferred backfield option in obvious passing situations, so if the Redskins fall behind big, the backup could catch enough passes to make a relevant contribution in points-per-reception leagues. But he most likely won't be in a situation where he's helping the Redskins run out the clock, and he most likely won't find much running room even if he is.


Roy Helu gets eight touches


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) Redskins running back Roy Helu caught four passes for 34 yards and ran four times for 6 yards in the loss to the Giants. But he failed to score on a goal-line carry in the first quarter.

Helu plays the Chiefs in Week 14.


Roy Helu held in check against San Francisco


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2013) Redskins backup running back Roy Helu was held under 30 yards on the ground during Monday night's loss to the 49ers in Week 12.

Helu broke for a 12-yard run on his second handoff of the game in the first quarter. It was his longest run of the night. He finished the game with seven carries for 26 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and one catch for a gain of 7 yards in a 27-6 defeat.

Helu has not rushed for more than 39 yards since his three-touchdown performance in Week 7. He'll look to get back on track and re-emerge as a goal-line threat in Week 13 at home against the Giants.

Roy Helu unable to take advantage


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/17/2013) Even though the Redskins more or less abandoned the running game down 24-0 early in the third quarter, backup running back Roy Helu, the preferred pass-catcher out of the backfield, wasn't much of a factor Week 11 at Philadelphia. He was targeted four times, catching three passes for 11 yards.

He was actually more of a factor on the ground, rushing three times for 39 yards. It was his best rushing performance in four games. He still has yet to rush for more than 42 yards in a game this season.

Helu will continue to serve as the change-of-pace option to starter Alfred Morris against the 49ers in Week 12.


Roy Helu needs Redskins to fall behind


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/12/2013) After scoring three touchdowns against the Bears in Week 7, backup running back Roy Helu has become an afterthought in the Redskins offense with starter Alfred Morris performing so well, getting just a handful of touches per game. He remains the team's perferred pass-catcher out of the backfield, though, which could work to his advantage if the Redskins' trip to Philadelphia in Week 11 goes like their Week 1 matchup against the Eagles, when they were down 26-7 at halftime.

Unless they get in an obvious passing situation, as happened then, they'll likely just stick with Morris, who has run for at least 90 yards in four straight games. The Eagles have fared well enough against the run -- allowing 110.5 yards per game, 14th-fewest in the NFL -- that you probably shouldn't expect big numbers for both Morris and Helu. Helu has a better chance of contributing in this game than most, but he's still no better than a desperation play in points-per-reception leagues.


Roy Helu, Darrel Young not involved Week 10


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/8/2013) Redskins running back Roy Helu and fullback Darrel Young each has a three-touchdown game under his belt this season. Unfortunately, they didn't see their named called many times during the Week 10 loss at Minnesota Thursday night. 

Helu saw just two carries in the game for 8 yards. He did catch three passes -- mostly late -- for 23 yards on four targets. Young saw one carry and did not gain a yard. He was targeted once in the end zone, but couldn't come close to catching the ball. The Redskins play at Philadelphia during the Week 11 game Sunday. 


Roy Helu's Fantasy bubble may have burst


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2013) Redskins backup running back Roy Helu rushed for three touchdowns during the Week 7 game against Chicago. At that time it appeared he could see goal-line carries going forward for the Redskins and may become a viable Fantasy option.

That has not happened for the Mike Shanahan-coached Redskins. Helu has rushed seven times for 34 yards and no scores in his last two games. That is combined with two catches for 20 yards. He's scored just four TDs on the season and three came in the same game.

Last week, Washington allowed Darrel Young to score three times from the goal line. It was not Helu who was given the ball in that situation. Behind Alfred Morris on the depth chart, Helu is not a recommended Fantasy option for the Week 10 game.

Roy Helu held to three touches


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Redskins running back Roy Helu did little during the Week 9 overtime win over San Diego Sunday. With fullback Darrel Young scoring three touchdowns and getting the goal-line carries, Helu only touched the ball three times during the game. 

Helu rushed twice for 23 yards and had a long run of 21 yards for the Redskins. He added one reception for 6 yards. Helu was only targeted once in the game by quarterback Robert Griffin III. Helu and the Redskins play Minnesota on Thursday of Week 10. 


What will Roy Helu do?


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2013) The last time Redskins running back Roy Helu played a game in Washington, he rushed for a career-high three touchdowns. Unfortunately, after Fantasy owners rushed out to pick him up, he turned around and totaled 25 yards with no scores last game in Denver.

Heading into Week 9 at home against San Diego, Fantasy owners aren't really sure what to expect. We're not so sure we can make the situation any clearer.

Helu has four rushing touchdowns this season and sees a few catches per game. Otherwise, Alfred Morris is the lead guy for the Redskins and that isn't changing. There was a time when it appeared that Helu might be used on goal-line caries for Mike Shanahan and the Redskins, but that appears to have been just a one-game thing.

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.

We still think Morris will have a decent game on Sunday, but Helu is anybody's best guess. We cannot recommend him as anything other than a low-end flex option for the Week 9 game.

Roy Helu held in check vs. Denver


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) Redskins running back Roy Helu failed to make much of an impact despite earning some goal line carries during Sunday's loss to the Broncos in Week 8.

Helu, who scored three touchdowns his last time out, took a step back as he finished the game with five carries for 11 yards and one catch for a gain of 14 yards in a 45-21 defeat.

Helu has just 140 rushing yards with four touchdowns this season. He will try to get back on track against the Chargers at home in Week 9.

Roy Helu scores thrice Week 7


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) Redskins running back Roy Helu saw eight fewer carries and 54 fewer rushing yards than did starter Alfred Morris in the Week 7 home win over Chicago. But while Morris did not score in the game, Helu crossed the goal line a career-high three times. 

Helu scored on a 14-yard run in the second quarter to make it 10-10 at the time. He scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter and won the game with the go-ahead 3-yard TD run in the fourth with less than a minute to play. 

In the end, Helu rushed 11 times for 41 yards and the three scores. He also caught a pass for 5 yards and saw two targets. He has four rushing touchdowns on the year and all four have come in the last three games. The Redskins play at Denver Week 8.


Roy Helu still not a recommended start


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/18/2013) Redskins running back Roy Helu was expected to see more work in the offense heading into the Week 6 Sunday night loss at Dallas. While that did happen as Helu totaled 77 yards of offense, most of that came with the game already out of hand.

Helu has 88 yards rushing on 20 carries with one touchdown in five games. He's firmly behind Alfred Morris on the depth chart. That said, the Redskins have few other offensive weapons and Helu's speed and pass-catching ability could become coveted more and more down the line.

The Chicago Bears have struggled against the run this season. Brandon Jacobs of the Giants just scored twice against them last week and worked 22 carries into 106 yards. Chicago has allowed 100 yards a TD to a RB in two of the last three games.

Still, as far as Week 7 at home against Chicago goes, we still aren't expecting much from Helu. He's just not a central focus of Robert Griffin III and the offense at this time. He has value as a low-end flex in most Fantasy leagues but that is about it.

Roy Helu racks up 77 yards of total offense


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2013) Redskins running back Roy Helu had a productive performance during the second half of Sunday's loss to the Cowboys in Week 6.

Helu had just one catch for an 8-yard gain in the first half. He got more involved offensively once the game got out of hand. He finished the game with 77 yards of total offense, logging 42 yards on six carries (7.0 yards per carry) and 35 on four receptions and six targets in a 31-16 defeat.

Helu will look to be more involved in Week 7 at home against the Bears. Chicago allowed 123 yards on the ground against the Giants in Week 6.


Roy Helu says hello to end zone in win over Raiders


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Roy Helu takes a back seat in the backfield to Alfred Morris for the Redskins. But he took center stage during the 24-14 win in Oakland after Morris went out with a rib contusion.

Helu came on strong in the second half and finished with 41 yards on 13 carries and a a 14-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that all but clinched it. He added two catches for 43 yards.

He will have a chance to rest and enjoy his success during a Week 5 bye.


Roy Helu makes three Week 3 catches


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2013) Redskins running back Roy Helu did not get a carry in the Week 3 loss at home to the Lions. That said, he received some passes in space late in the game.

Helu ended up catching three passes for 35 yards in the game. He was targeted three times overall by Robert Griffin III. Helu doesn't always contribute for Washington as the team readies for the Week 4 game at Oakland. 


Redskins have several minor contributors


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2013) The Washington Redskins were beaten fairly badly on Sunday of Week 2 in Green Bay. Losing 38-20, the Redskins did manage to spread the ball around in the passing game.

Wide receiver Aldrick Robinson got involved with his first catch of the year. He hauled in a pass for 13 yards and was targeted twice by quarterback Robert Griffin III.

The Redskins' third tight end, Logan Paulsen, managed two catches, also his first two of the year, also going for 13 yards on three targets from Griffin.

Backup running back Roy Helu was less involved on Sunday than he was Week 1. He finished the game with no rushing attempts and just one catch for 2 yards on one target.

Washington comes home to play against the Lions Week 3.