Mike Shanahan is at it again, fantasy football owners. The Washington redskins head coach just can’t let fantasy owners feel settled or comfortable for more than a few weeks. Simply out, we are getting ready to enter a situation of full blown Shanahanigans.
For those new to the game, Shanahanigans refers to the Redskins head coach who tells you one thing about his running backs and then does something entirely different in Washington’s backfield. He is famous for hyping up one back all week long and then sitting them in favor of another back on the team.
Clearly, there is no more frustrating head coach to fantasy football owners than Shanahan.
Although, Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots is quickly gaining. That’s right. What are you doing with Stevan Ridley and Wes Welker? Are they a large part of this offense or not?
Anyway, back to Shanahan.
Alfred Morris has had a very good start to the 2012 NFL season. He ranks ninth in the NFL in rushing yards and has scored three touchdowns in three games. Morris has received the majority of carries in Washington, which is extremely rare for a Shanahan running back. Evan Royster and Roy Helu Jr. have not done much at all, and both are currently nursing minor injuries.
Great news for Morris owners, right? Royster and Helu Jr. are banged up, so Morris should receive even more carries. This is great. Maybe the trend is finally over!
Enter Ryan Grant, whom the Redskins signed on Tuesday.
And we’re back.
Terms of the deal were undisclosed at the present time, although reports are that it is a one year deal worth roughly $1.2 million that includes incentives. We have no clue as to how much the team plans to use him, or when they will feel he is comfortable enough with the offense to contribute. But you do not pay a player that amount three games into the season if you do not fully intend on getting some major usage out of him.
Either way, this is bad news for fantasy owners who have been using Morris as an RB2 or flex player thus far.
You knew that the team would have to do something with Royster battling a knee injury and Helu Jr. dealing with an injured foot. But signing Grant will likely mean bad news for Morris owners going forward, although it is still unclear as to when he may first present problems.
We are very close to returning to seeing the same old Shanahanigans in D.C.