Fantasy Football: Knowshon Moreno to Miss Week 3; Correll Buckhalter to Start

Keet BaileyCorrespondent IISeptember 24, 2010

Fantasy owners have more options for the injured Moreno
Fantasy owners have more options for the injured MorenoSam Greenwood/Getty Images

You have to love Fridays. We get to speculate the entire week about player injuries and change our fantasy rosters every day hoping to get the perfect lineup for the week ahead.

You always think you’re one step ahead of everybody—until Friday.

Fridays are huge because it’s often when a team has its final day of practice and analyzes whether or not “X” player will start.

Today, the Denver Broncos decided that talented RB Knowshon Moreno was going to be sitting against the Colts. It looks like he has a minor strain with his hamstring, but not much detail was given.

So what does that mean for the Broncos, and who should Fantasy owners turn to?

Well, first of all, it’s a pretty significant loss for the Broncos because the Colts' run defense just isn’t very good. He would have had a very solid week in the RB2 or Flex spot for most teams against a Colts defense that is really feeling the effects of Bob Sanders on the bench.

Instead, the Broncos are going to turn to Correll Buckhalter, and they will have newly acquired former Patriot Laurence Maroney backing Buckhalter up.

Buckhalter isn’t a flashy name, but he’s always been productive...when healthy. Buckhalter missed three of his first five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He always teased them, rushing for over 4.3 yards per carry and having a few receptions out of the backfield. It looked like the Eagles had a nice future star. Unfortunately, he never got the opportunity after injuries slowed him down year after year.

The Broncos acquired him in 2009, and he split time with Moreno. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry on 120 attempts. If you’re in need of some Fantasy help at RB this week or you have Moreno on your team, go ahead and pick up Buckhalter. He gets to go up against the aforementioned Colts defense that has been weak lately, and he’s never disappointed in terms of getting yards.

His red zone carries may be limited, but he makes up with that as a solid receiver out of the backfield. He’s not going to be a guy to start each and every week, but for one week, against this defense, he’s a nice play with Moreno out.

The other option in the Denver backfield is Laurence Maroney. Maroney is more of a red zone player who doesn’t rush for a lot of yards and has a knack for putting the ball on the ground. I don’t know how much Josh McDaniels trusts him yet, and I’m not comfortable picking him up.

He may end up getting a rushing touchdown, but I don’t see him getting more than nine or 10 carries for 35 yards. He’s just not really worth the gamble unless you’re in a VERY deep league.

NFLSoup will keep you up to date with the Moreno injury news and let you know if he’ll be safe for a Week 4 start.


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