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Fantasy Football Stock Market: Roy Helu


The Miseducation of Roy Helu

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, “I have no idea what Mike Shanahan will do at RB this week”. Sound familiar? We thought so. For you poor Roy Helu owners (myself included) FFBLife is here to personally apologize on behalf of Mike Shanahan for being an idiot and not taking into account your feelings. Just five days ago some owners surely ditched Helu upon hearing his coach say “I like Helu…I don’t want to put too much pressure on him too early. He’s not ready for that”. Then in week 12 Helu exploded against the Seahawks with 23 carries for 107 rushing yards and a TD. He also pitched in 7 catches for 54 yards and you PPR owners got taken to the woodshed once again by Shanahan and his “Shananigans”. In Helu’s only other start this year he tallied 41 rushing yards and a new Redskins record 14 catches for 105 receiving yards. He’s long looked like the best back in Washington and should be the bell cow going forward for them.

Good things in Helu’s favor are the fact that his coach has questions circling him like vultures to a lost man in the desert. Daniel Snyder has to be wondering if this so-called genius he’s hired is as good as advertised. He’s known for producing great running backs out of nowhere, shown by his history in Denver with Clinton Portis, Tatum Bell, Mike Anderson, Reuben Droughns, Olandis Gary, Terrell Davis and the list goes on. One overlooked fact is Shanahan also had Gary Kubiak in Denver and that could be a huge reason for his running success as Houston seems to be running the ball just fine. Where this helps Roy Helu is Shanahan will be forced to produce wins, even now with the season lost. He no longer is afforded the luxury of playing mind games that don’t produce victories and that means the best players will be on the field, namely Roy Helu. With all of that said, you never know with ol’ Shanny, pick Helu back up if you’ve dropped him but start him with caution. We love his talent, despise his coach.


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