The Denver Broncos won't miss Willis McGahee if Knowshon Moreno keeps playing like he did in Week 12 against the San Diego Chargers, and fantasy football owners would be smart to pick him up for the playoff push.
Moreno rushed for 85 yards on 20 carries and caught four passes for 26 yards in the team's 17-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
His production came as somewhat of a surprise because head coach Jon Fox said he'd be sharing carries with Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball in the week leading up to the game, per the Denver Post's Tom Kensler.
After Moreno's breakout performance this past week, Fox sang a different tune, per Kensler's report:
Fox said he wasn't surprised by Moreno's production. "Knowshon has a great attitude," Fox said. "Things haven't always gone perfect for him, (but) I knew he would perform well and I think his teammates knew he would perform well. We're proud of his effort."
It's clearly Moreno's job to lose now, and given the way the Broncos have stayed committed to running the ball, it's likely he'll continue to shine in place of McGahee.
Throughout his short career, Moreno has proven to be a capable running back who can also catch the ball consistently out of the backfield. In 39 career games (25 starts), he's rushed for 2,005 yards and 13 touchdowns on 494 carries (4.1 yards per carry) and has caught 81 passes for 724 yards and seven touchdowns.
Will Moreno continue to break out or will he struggle?
The Broncos can expect Moreno to be a productive back the rest of the season. He will give them the balance they need to keep teams from focusing on rushing Peyton Manning, and the team will continue to put up enough points to win games.
From a fantasy perspective, if you're looking for a No. 2 running back, Moreno's your man. Realistically, you should expect him to put up an average of 10-12 points per week—solid, but not spectacular numbers.