Helu is inactive Sunday against the Steelers. Helu's playing time has been limited this season, and with only four touches in the last two games, including none last week against the Jets, his absence isn't likely to affect too many fantasy teams. Latavius Murray will start Sunday, with Taiwan Jones the backup.
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said running back Latavius Murray didn't play the final drive of Sunday's loss to the Bears because the team felt Roy Helu was a better option for the situation, ESPN.com reports. Although Del Rio said Murray wasn't benched, it was pretty clear that the Raiders kept their workhorse off the field because of his mistakes and poor performance throughout the game. Murray has otherwise been solid in a three-down role, so his pair of miscues (a lost fumble and bobbled pass) shouldn't have much impact on his workload, unless he makes similar mistakes in the coming weeks. Murray draws a dreadful Week 5 matchup with the dominant Broncos defense.
Raiders running back Roy Helu had five carries for 22 yards and caught both of his targets for 13 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 4 matchup against the Bears. The Raiders have eased Helu back into action after a hamstring injury kept him out of the entire preseason and the first few weeks of the regular season. He looks to be the clear backup to Latavius Murray, and he'll likely see some solid time on third downs. Helu has always been known as a good receiver out of the backfield, and he should be a nice boost to the Raiders' offense.
Raiders running back Roy Helu is a healthy scratch for the season opener Sunday against Cincinnati. His inactive status comes as a bit of a surprise. Helu signed a two-year contract with Oakland in the offseason after averaging a fine 5.4 yards per carry with Washington a year ago. But he fell behind both Latavius Murray and Taiwan Jones on the depth chart during the presesaon.
The Raiders released their unofficial depth chart Tuesday for their Week 1 matchup against the Bengals. While it is of little surprise Latavius Murray is listed as the first-team running back, it comes as a bit of a shock that Taiwan Jones is listed ahead of Roy Helu on the depth chart behind Murray. Jones was drafted in 2011 as a running back out of Eastern Washington. However, he moved to defensive back in 2013 before being shifted to running back in April.
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