Knowshon Moreno: Updated Fantasy Outlook & Analysis for Broncos RB

Nick KostoraContributor IIINovember 25, 2012

September 9 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) runs for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno is back on the fantasy football radar after entering the starting lineup against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 12 and rushing for 85 yards on 20 carries.

Moreno had been active for only two games prior to playing the Chiefs, but with Willis McGahee now on the injured reserve, Denver is turning to the forgotten RB.

Does he have any fantasy value the rest of the season? Let's update Moreno's fantasy outlook and analysis.


Fantasy Outlook

Moreno is a talented RB who has been given ample opportunity to take over the No. 1 spot on the Broncos' depth chart and who has continuously failed to do so. However, he has been given another chance and any running back has the potential to succeed in a Peyton Manning-led offense.

Defenses are likely to fixate largely on Manning and the passing attack until Moreno proves he is a legitimate threat and forces defenders to respect the run by putting extra defenders in the box. Until that time, Moreno should have huge rushing lanes to take advantage of. 

This is not to say Moreno will dominate on the ground in the next few weeks, but if he doesn't do well against Tampa Bay and Oakland after a solid outing against Kansas City, there is little hope that he will ever live up the hype of being a first round draft pick.

Still, Denver is not afraid to run the ball and the team has averaged 105.3 rushing yards per game this season. 

Fantasy owners must approach Moreno with caution because he has struggled so mightily during his career, but at this point in the season owners may also be reaching for whatever they can find.

Moreno is not an ideal RB2, but he looks to be ahead of Ronnie Hillman on the Broncos' depth chart right now and should hover around 17-20 carries per game.


Fantasy Analysis

If you can avoid Moreno then do so at all costs, but he is going to see the ball and will have an opportunity to produce in coming weeks.

The fact that Denver has one of the most favorable schedules in the NFL down the stretch is encouraging, as is the fact that the running game has done well this season. Hillman will poach carries and may even battle with Moreno for a starting role in some games, but Moreno does have value.

He is a fast, dynamic and potentially versatile player when he is at his best. The problem is that his best has not been seen since his days at the University of Georgia.