Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 08/23/2012 Tim Hightower becomes emotional upon hearing he is cleared to play Saturday By Mike Jones
Washington Redskins running back Tim Hightower had just finished speaking to a group of reporters as he came off the practice field, telling them he hoped to play Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts, but that he hadn’t been told whether he would.
Then Mike Shanahan took the podium and was asked about Hightower, who has spent the last nine months recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL.
“It’s good news,” Shanahan said. “If there’s no setback, he’ll play Saturday. I’ll get a feel before the game how he feels and then I’ll determine how much time he gets.”
Alfred Morris is absolutely the guy to have right now. I'm not touching Helu because his rank has not been adjusted to reflect his injury/place in the pecking order. Alfred Morris has probably gone undrafted in 95% of leagues, but after today's performance, I'm pretty much ready to lock him in as the week 1 starter, and I'd go so far as to say that he's a reasonable flex in 12 team leagues.
All of my main leagues have yet to draft and I can tell you right now, if I don't get him in all 3, it will be because someone else made a moderate investment. For $1 or a last round pick, you could do a heck of a lot worse.
dgan wrote:Week 1, Morris Week 2 & 3, Hightower Week 4, Morris/Helu Week 5, Hightower Week 6, Royster Week 7, Morris/Hightower Week 8, Whomever they picked up off the waiver wire after Week 6...
There is your blueprint for the Washington running game. Write it down!
Lol, if Morris makes 2 starts including week 1, he'll be well worth the buck. I'm worried now though that he'll be the front page guy for a yahoo article in the next three days. He might be a trendy sleeper pretty soon, but right now, he's flying under the radar.
This whole situation is even more muddled now. The chance of failure at drafting these backs is very high. And even if you get it right you wont get the full 100% potential due to Shanny switching to the hot hand.
I would say Morris is the guy to have because most wont have updated cheat sheets and you might get him very late.
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It's important to remember these totals were put up against 3rd stringers most likely on the roster bubble. I was however, surprised Helu got this much work. Historically though, no Shanny back has suited up for week 4 of the preseason and started the opener. I'm still expecting Morris to get the nod with Hightower cleaning up much what we saw in week 3. After that, who knows.
I picked up Morris with the 127th pick in a 14-team keeper league as a guy who has potential to be a much better value than that but who also doesn't mean much to me if he doesn't pan out... That's about the only way I will ever draft a Shanahan back at this point