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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%: 26/6 | Average Draft Position: 164.94
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Redskins get offensive contributions Week 8


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2014) The Redskins got a slew of offensive contributions in Monday's overtime win at Dallas. Among them, running back Roy Helu ran five times for 29 yards and caught both his targets for 14 yards. Running back Silas Redd had a 5-yard rush.

Tight end Niles Paul caught all three of his targets for 27 yards, and fullback Darrel Young had a 12-yard catch. Wideout Andre Roberts secured just one of his five targets for 11 yards. They'll all visit the Vikings in Week 9.


Roy Helu effective in the passing game again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) For the third straight week, Redskins running back Roy Helu totaled at least 55 receiving yards. Helu caught five of seven targets for 59 yards and rushed twice for minus-1 yard in Monday's loss to the Seahawks.

Helu ranked third on the team in targets and saw the field often with Washington trailing throughout. Helu visits Arizona in Week 6.


Washington's backup runners fail to do much Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Washington 's backup runners failed to see much action Thursday against the Giants.

Roy Helu only received two carries, picking up 8 yards on the ground. He actually led the team in receiving yards, gaining 78 yards on five receptions. With the team down by quite a bit, Helu became a safe option in the passing game. 

Fullback Darrel Young had one carry, picking up 1 yard.

Both players will look for more Week 5 against the Seahawks. 


Roy Helu makes the most of limited work


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Redskins running back Roy Helu touched the ball just twice in Week 3 against the Eagles, but managed to make a big impact in a 37-34 loss to the Eagles.

Helu's first touch of the game came on a 55-yard reception in the fourth quarter, his lone target in the passing game. He was able to finish off that drive with his lone rushing attempt of the game, a 1-yard touchdown run.

Sunday's touchdown was Helu's first of the season. He has 153 all-purpose yards through three games, heading into Week 4's matchup against the Giants Thursday.  


Roy Helu, Darrel Young end up missing no time


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Redskins running backs Roy Helu (knee) and Darrel Young (neck) are both active for Week 3 against the Eagles, after getting through the week in practice without issue. 

Roy Helu, Darrel Young good to go for Week 3


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Redskins running backs Roy Helu (quadriceps) and Darrel Young (neck) were both able to get through practice without issue and are probable for Week 3 against the Eagles.

Roy Helu expects no limitations in practice


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Redskins running back Roy Helu (knee) said Wednesday he will be full go in practice this week, according to CSNWashington.com.

Roy Helu surpasses 50 total yards Week 1


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Redskins running back Roy Helu finished second on the team in rushing during a 17-6 loss Week 1 at Houston. Helu totaled 46 rushing yards on four carries, which trailed Alfred Morris' team-high 91 rushing yards on 14 carries. 

Helu's longest carry went 16 yards. He also had two catches for 15 yards. The Redskins are back in action Week 2 vs. Jacksonville.


Roy Helu secures passing-down duties


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) With Chris Thompson and Lache Seastruck getting cut Saturday, Roy Helu is the Redskins' only proven running back "in the area of pass protection," reports the Washington Post. "Helu also is a good receiver."

Helu projects to have a significant role in obvious passing situations, replacing Alfred Morris.


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.