Draft Zone: 10th Ranked Running Back – Redskins Alfred Morris

Washington Redskins Alfred Morris is the 10th ranked running back in this year’s 2013 fantasy draft standings. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 11, he’s likely to be taken sometime in the first or second round of most fantasy drafts.

Morris is coming off an incredible rookie season in 2012, rushing for 1,613 yards and scoring 13 touchdowns. Morris was given a whopping 335 carries and averaged 4.8 yards per attempt. Such an amazing first-year effort makes one wonder if he can do this again in his sophomore season.

The Redskins offensive landscape should change a bit next season, as speedy quarterback Robert Griffin III should be running much less as he comes off a torn ACL and LCL. The team will lean on Morris again, likely giving him another 300+ carries in 2013.

Racking up yards should not be an issue for Morris, but repeating double-digit touchdowns may be tough. Though the team should continue to turn to Morris in goal line situations, especially with RGIII running less, there’s still no guarantee that the team will reach the goal line as often as they did last season.

Owners may find it easier to trust Morris if he was not such a ghost in the passing game. Last season, he recorded just 11 receptions for 77 yards. Yet Morris’ main focus this offseason has been improving as a receiver. He has been working diligently at getting better at catching the ball and running routes, and should be more involved in the passing game in his second season.

If Morris can add around 100 receiving yards to last year’s totals, he should be able to make up for some of the regression he may experience in touchdowns. In this case, he should rack up enough total points to be worth your pick late in the first or early in the second round.

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