Alfred Morris, key to your draft?
Posted Aug. 27 at 05:15 AM
Timing is everything. I'm participating in an extended-format experts draft right now, which had made its way into the 12th round late last week. It happened right around the time Alfred Morris was rushing for 100-plus yards and a touchdown in Washington's exhibition game.
Evan Royster and Roy Helu had already been drafted, but those guys look like yesterday's news. I selected Morris with my 12th round pick, making him the 51st running back drafted. He's got a better chance of being a Week 1 starter than about 30 of those running backs.
As we are all painfully aware, Mike Shanahan can be, on occasion, unpredictable. Morris is no lock to be a Week 1 starter, and even if he is, he could very well be fourth-string by Week 3. That's how things go in Mike Shanahan's world.
But if you'll notice our latest rankings, Morris is now a guy that should be considered a lot earlier in drafts. He's not a clear starter, but he should definitely be selected ahead of a whole bunch of guys who are clear, unequivocal backups and handcuff types.
Fantasy drafts are largely about value -- getting players who dramatically outperform where they're selected. It happens every year, and guys like Cam Newton win championships for the teams that threw a late pick at them.
Morris may not be that guy, but relative to where you can get him -- where I just got him -- it's definitely worth a shot.
Posted by Jeff Hovdenes | Aug. 28 at 06:25 AM
Finished a 10 team draft on Sunday. Royster and Helu were drafted. I just picked up Morris off waivers!
Posted by richard Jackson | Aug. 28 at 04:38 PM
Morris is worth a late round flyer but too slow and pedestrian of a talent to succeed over the long haul. Trade him quick if he has a good opening week.
Posted by Richard Jamison | Sep. 01 at 10:06 AM
drafted Morris and Royster in that order.. you can never outguess Shanahan!
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