Running back Roy Helu has signed with the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders only had Latavius Murray on the depth chart after MJD retired and Darren McFadden was cut. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: There were rumblings that the Raiders were in the Demarco Murray sweepstakes. That may still come to fruition but I do not think that would have been a wise allocation of resources. Helu is big, fast, and is an excellent pass catcher. He is a good backup to have behind Latavius Murray. This news could reduce the ceiling of Murray next year as Helu could relegate him to two-down status.
According to Jordan Raanan from NJ.com, the Giants have inquired about Redskins' rusher Roy Helu and Falcons' tailback Antone Smith. (Source: NJ.com)
Fantasy Impact: Both guys are seen as scatbacks to compliment Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams. Helu, who caught a 74-yard touchdown pass against the Giants last year, has historically been a productive back behind Alfred Morris. Regardless, Smith has captured more of the Giants' interest because he has shown more versatility and big-play potential. Neither of these guys have the potential and explosion of the retired David Wilson, but they should come cheap and fit into the Giants' scheme well.
Redskins' RB Roy Helu's rookie contract has expired and is preparing to explore his options. (Source: CSN Washington)
Fantasy Impact: While Helu has reportedly enjoyed his experience in Washington, he has expressed desires for a larger role, a stable quarterback situation, and a team that isn't surrounded by drama. It's anyone's guess as to whether Helu returns, but Helu seems to be more about improving his situation than his paycheck, and Washington probably doesn't offer the best situation for him.
According to head coach Jay Gruden, Redskins' RB Roy Helu will be out "at least a week" with a stubbed left toe suffered during the team's loss to the Rams on Sunday. That same toe was involved in a season ending injury back on Sept. 26, 2012. Helu has since been scheduled to see a podiatrist and the team will learn more about the injury afterwards. (Source: Washington Times)
Fantasy Impact: A healthy big toe is essential to rushers, but injuries like this tend to linger, unfortunately. There remains a chance that Helu might not be seen again for the rest of the season. We will see.
Redskins' RB Roy Helu caught all of his four targets for 61 yards an a touchdown in Week 13's loss to the Colts. He also had five yards on his only carry in three games.
Fantasy Impact: He completely toasted Jerrell Freeman for a 21-yard scoring reception right before halftime, and the team kept putting him out there in the second half. Keep him as an Alfred Morris-handcuff. He's a RB4 outside of that, but if Morris ever went down then Helu would gain some serious value.
Redskins' rusher Roy Helu received no carries and caught his two targets for nine yards during the Redskins' 17-13 loss in Week 12.
Fantasy Impact: Helu's only value is as a third-down back, and even then he's fifth on the pecking order in terms of targets, behind the team's top three wideouts and whichever TE starts that week. He's waiver wire fodder barring injury to starting RB Alfred Morris.
Redskins RB Roy Helu, Jr. didn't notch a single carry in Washington's 27-7 loss to Tampa Bay in Week 11. He did catch all six of his targets for 57 yards and a touchdown. Helu has been effective in spot duty for the Redskins in 2014 and may get increased snaps as the Redskins are routinely playing from behind.
Fantasy Impact: Helu is a nice bench/depth option and makes a great handcuff for Alfred Morris owners. If you are thin in the backfield, Helu might actually be a decent waiver wire pickup or spot starter in Weeks 12 and 13, as Washington faces two strong teams in San Francisco and Indianapolis.
Redskins' RB Roy Helu ran the ball three times for six yards and caught four passes for 46 yards on five targets during the 'Skins 29-26 loss to Minnesota.
Fantasy Impact: Helu's receiving game prowess hold Morris back from being the good all-around back that Morris has the potential to be. Helu has done pretty well with his limited touches, especially as a receiver. However, he has no value if Morris stays healthy. If Morris ever misses time for whatever reason though, Helu would be a huge pickup. Morris owners who don't have Helu as a handcuff should consider insuring themselves with the former Nebraska back.
Redskins RB Roy Helu, Jr. carried once for -2 yards in Week 5 and also added five catches on seven targets for 59 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Helu didn't factor in the game much until he caught a 22 yard screen in the fourth quarter. Helu is a nice change of pace back who could see more action if the Redskins continue to emphasize the passing game in playing from behind.
Redskins RB Roy Helu, Jr. continues to make plays in limited duty for the team. Despite only touching the ball seven times in Thursday night's loss to the Giants, Helu gained 86 yards, including a 36-yard reception.
Fantasy Impact: It's hard to count on production from a player who doesn't get many touches, yet Helu has produced significant yardage in three of the team's first four games. If you can stash him as a handcuff to Alfred Morris, he's worth a roster spot.
Redskins RB Roy Helu, Jr. caught a 55 yard screen pass against the Eagles on Sunday, but did little else. Helu only carried one time for a one yard TD.
Fantasy Impact: Helu is really only valuable as a handcuff to Alfred Morris. His production is simply too inconsistent to rely on when Morris is healthy. However, if you own Morris, you should add Helu to your bench as an insurance policy.
Redskins RB Roy Helu, Jr. carried seven times for 30 yards against Baltimore on Saturday. Although he averaged over four yards per carry, 23 of those yards came on one run.
Fantasy Impact: Helu, Jr. appears to be safe as the primary backup to Alfred Morris. As such, he makes a nice handcuff if you invest in Morris. Barring an injury to Morris, Helu won't be a fantasy factor.
Redskins RB Roy Helu, Jr. had a very unimpressive game against Cleveland. He had four total touches for 15 yards, but also dropped an easy screen pass in the first quarter.
Fantasy Impact: Most observers believe that Helu has wrapped up the RB2 role behind starter Alfred Morris. However, with one more game before initial roster cuts, Helu needs to have a strong showing in Baltimore to solidify this role.
RB Roy Helu wowed onlookers today with his route running after making a nice, hard cut in front of LB Akeem Jordan. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: This was just one play, but you can tack it onto the list. Helu has been extra impressive over the last couple of days and has positioned himself as the frontrunner for the Redskins' third-down back job. His agility has steadily improved, but his largest improvement is his pass blocking. For now, one can look to draft Helu as a late-round flier, especially as an Alfred Morris handcuff.
Rookie Lache Seastrunk and second-year RB Chris Thompson are struggling in pass protection early in camp. Though lacking the explosive burst those young RBs possess, Roy Helu's experience and proven pass blocking skills have him in the driver's seat as the 3rd down back to own in D.C. (Source: Washington Post)
Fantasy Impact: Head Coach Jay Gruden utilized a two-RB approach in Cincinnati last year. Then rookie Gio Bernard racked up 226 touches (56 of those through the air) as the change of pace back for the Bengals. While Helu won't get that amount of volume, he remains one of the overlooked gems in the draft (especially PPR leagues). If Helu wins the job, he'll produce RB3/flex stats while only costing the price of a 13th/14th rounder.