For the past five weeks I have ranked Alfred Morris anywhere between seven and eleven.
Like the popular convenience store chain, he has been open for business.
Despite the lofty RB1 rankings I inevitably field numerous lineup questions regarding Morris.
I’m trying to figure out why he’s not getting more love and getting the automatic insertion into lineups like a stud running back should.
I know his selection in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Florida Atlantic doesn’t actually qualify him as a stud back, but his production does.
He ranks fourth in the league with 491 rushing yards. He’s one of five running backs with four rushing touchdowns. Only six running backs with 50+ carries are averaging 4.9 yards per carry, and Morris is one of them.
A Washington Post report cites the Elias Sports Bureau when stating that Morris ”joined Eric Dickerson as the only rookies in NFL history to rush for at least 75 yards in each of his team’s first five games”.
Yet he continues to evade the trust of his fantasy football owners.
In non-PPR fantasy football leagues Morris ranks sixth in points among running backs. The bottom line is Morris should be in your lineup.
This week is a little tricky because the Vikings have been stout on defense, particularly against the run where they rank sixth in rushing yards allowed at 78.6 ypg.
That number doesn’t tell the full story.
They faced Maurice Jones-Drew in the opener, who was coming off his holdout. He managed to gain 77 yards on 19 carries.
Next up was Donald Brown, who is far from elite company. Frank Gore had 63 yards, but was limited to 12 carries. The production doesn’t look good, but the 5.3 ypc does.
While their overall production is all that matters, the two backs that have been on par with Morris have gained 140 yards on 31 carries (4.5 ypc).
The other concern with Morris is Mike Shanahan’s history of running back meddling. Sure, he has that recent history, but back in the day he did not hinder Terrell Davis or Clinton Portis.
Morris has had at least sixteen carries in every game this year. As long as he stays healthy and doesn’t develop fumbling issues, he should continue to see a heavy workload.
If you own Morris, use him. If you don’t maybe it’s worth a text to his owner to see if he’s skittish about the early success. You never know, you could end up snagging the next TD or Portis.
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