Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the Washington Redskins have signed free-agent running back Shaun Alexander (Seattle Seahawks) to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed, but an earlier report stated the deal would be worth the veteran minimum.
This move stems from the situation that everyone expected it would take for Alexander to land on an NFL roster: an injury.
Running back Clinton Portis' backup, Ladell Betts (knee, hamstring), is expected to miss two to four weeks after suffering damage to his posterior cruciate ligament. The damage caused swelling in his calf and a sore hamstring. Over the past month, Betts has averaged 7.8 carries for 32.8 rushing yards and has chipped in a total of three catches. He has not scored a touchdown in this time.
Unless Portis, the NFL's leading rusher through six weeks, suffers an injury, Alexander's value is nothing more than that of a handcuff option - even should he receive the average of nearly eight carries per game that Betts was garnering.
Portis is clearly the focus of the offense, but given his injury history you would be wise to add Alexander, 31, if you have the room to stash him. Keep in mind, Betts wasn't worthy of much fantasy consideration before the injury, and there is little reason to believe that the former touchdown king replacing him has any tangible value. Portis' value remains status quo, and you can feel free to drop Betts in all formats if you were storing him as a handcuff.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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