Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan had said earlier this season he wanted to get Roy Helu Jr. more involved, and he kept his word Sunday by giving the elusive tailback 12 touches, three of which resulted in touchdowns, during a 45-41 victory over the Chicago Bears.
No surprise Helu became one of the most added players off the waiver wire. He remains a quality flex play this weekend against the Denver Broncos, who have the league’s most prolific offense with fantasy studs like Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Julius Thomas and Eric Decker.
The Redskins’ offensive production against the Bears is particularly encouraging for Helu Jr. owners, especially given Washington is going to have to approach if not surpass its point total Sunday to have any chance at beating the Broncos.
Washington’s game plan this weekend figures to rely heavily on ball control, meaning a lot of Alfred Morris and probably at least another dozen touches for Helu. Don’t count on another game with three touchdowns, but 50-60 yards and a touchdown are not unreasonable projections.
As long as the Redskins’ offense continues to make strides and Robert Griffin III grows more comfortable with his surgically repaired knee, Helu can be a viable fantasy start on a regular basis.
Now to some questions from the Twitter-verse:
@gene_wang heavy bye week, need to plug n play one of the waiver wire pickups, ivory, M. James or helu. Who’s the better add?
— Harbaughs Handshake (@mterry49er) October 22, 2013
Although Helu Jr. is coming off a monster game, so too is Ivory, who carried 34 times in the New York Jets’ 30-27 overtime win against the New England Patriots. I’d rate Ivory just a bit above Helu Jr. since the Jets’ backfield situation is far more unsettled than in Washington, where Morris is the established No. 1. There’s a better chance Ivory splits carries or even becomes the No. 1 RB ahead of Bilal Powell going forward.
@gene_wang I have Lacy who’s been a beast but I got offered DMC and Russell Wilson 4 him in a qb flex league. Have to take it? Depth issue.
— Oz (@OBtoojiveforyou) October 23, 2013
Assuming you have the backfield depth to spare and are looking for a No. 1 QB, this is a nice deal. I’ve never been a fan of DMC because of the injury factor, but when he’s out there healthy, which is not all that often, McFadden is a high-end RB1. Just be warned he may be out of your lineup more often than he’s in it.
● The Redskins practice Thursday at 1 p.m.
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