Fantasy Football: Should You Write off Knowshon Moreno?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IJune 2, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 2: Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos gets hit by C.J. Wilson #98 and Sam Shields #37 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 2, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matt Ludtke /Getty Images)
Matt Ludtke/Getty Images

Knowshon Moreno looked like the real deal coming into the league in 2009 out of Georgia. He had a nice size-speed combo and some solid hands. Oh, how things have changed for Moreno.

He has dealt with injuries that cost him three games in 2010 and nine games last year. Coming off a torn ACL makes 2012 a challenge out of the gate.

For starters, he lost his starting gig to Willis McGahee. While Willis turns 31 in October, he has had three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens where he received 170 or fewer carries.

Returning to a starting role, he ran for 1,199 yards despite a lack of a viable passing game. As long as Peyton Manning stays healthy, that shouldn’t be the case this year.

That, however, could work against McGahee. He is not as effective at catching the ball out of the backfield. That’s where Moreno could come into play.

Which brings us to the competition.  The Denver Broncos drafted Ronnie Hillman from San Diego State with the 67th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

While the Broncos invested heavily in Moreno, that was under a different regime. This regime invested in Hillman, and the No. 2 gig is his to lose.

Perhaps a fresh start is what Moreno needs. If he could find a new home where he could work into the No. 2 role, perhaps he could restore some of his fantasy relevance.

As it stands, he isn’t much of an option for fantasy owners.


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