2012 Recap: Just like Terrell Davis before him, Morris was a 6th round pick that flourished in the Mike Shanahan system. Both runners lack the skill set that wows you, but they both are tremendous one cut runners that have great vision and quick feet. Morris beat out a slew of runners that were all in line to win the starting job in Washington , including Evan Royster, Tim Hightower, and Roy Helu. Once he tookn the reigns, he never looked back. Morris was second in the league in rushing with 1606 yards on 335 carries which was good for 4.8 YPC. He scored 13 TDs and ended up 5th among RBs, with 15.4 FPG while playing every game. His 13 TDs ranked 2nd at RB, despite the fact that he only received 12 goaline carries. He turned it on late in the season with 7 TDs in the last 4 games as RG3 struggled with his knee injury. In fact, in weeks 10-17 Morris never had less than 20 carries in any game, including a 33/200/3 in week 17. The biggest thing that happened with Morris was the lack of Shanahanigans in 2013.
What’s Changed: Morris is reportedly in better shape (isn’t EVERY player in the best shape of their lives right now?) than he was last season and looks to have a stranglehold on the starting gig. RG3′s injury is a little worrisome as Morris’ only start with Kirk Cousins limited him to a paltry 3.2 YPC. Now he did score 2 TDs in that game and it’s a very small sample, but RG3 behind center will have a positive effect on Morris’ production. Food for thought as training camp approaches.
Outlook: Now, I THINK Shanahanigans will not happen to Morris, but NEVER say NEVER with Shanny and Son. It doesn’t appear as their is any other RB on the roster that will take the job from Alf, but stranger things have happened. I’m going to go ahead and trust that Morris will once again be a major factor in the Redskins’ backfield and your fantasy team. Hopefully, the Skins will feature him more in the passing game, as he has skill set to do so. For whatever reason, Shanny didn’t throw his way much as he only had 11 receptions for 77 yards. If that number can get into the 40-50 range, his PPR stock will rise tremendously. Morris is a workhorse back in a system that has produced fantasy stud after fantasy stud. His ADP is perfect in the second round if you want a stud RB2, or if you go WR in the first round.
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