Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denvero Broncos

by Ryan R. Bonini on August 20, 2010 @ 09:00:00 PDT

 


Knowshon Moreno | Denver Broncos | 5-foot-11, 210 pounds | 2nd year

2010 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Pros: Moreno has a year under his belt, and the Denver offense has changed gears from a year ago with star receiver Brandon Marshall no longer part of the equation. The Broncos were 14th in the league in rushing attempts (27.5/game) a year ago, but that's surely to go up while they adjust to life without Marshall and a questionable receiving corps. The team has made some changes to their running attack; while they will still use some zone-blocking schemes, they are going to employ more of a power-running scheme. As a result, Moreno should find more room to run while seeing his carries (15.4/game last year) and yards per attempt (3.8 last year) increase. Despite a time share last year, he still hauled in 28 receptions, so he isn't a total afterthought in the passing game. Despite a timeshare last year, he still carried the ball at least 17 times in nine times.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos

Cons: The former Georgia Bulldog is almost recovered from a partially torn hamstring and should be ready for Week 1. Moreno will still lose touches to backup Correll Buckhalter, who averaged 5.4 yards per shot a year ago, and possibly third-down time, as well. The defense should be improved, but if they struggle the Broncos could find themselves in many situations again where they are forced to abandon their ground game. Moreno lost four fumbles a year ago; the quickest way to the dog house for a young player is a lack of ball security.

Fantasy tip: Moreno is typically coming off of the fantasy football draft board in the late third round this year, which is a fair draft placement. He has a solid blend of speed, power and finesse that should make him a very solid No. 2 option for your fantasy football team. If he is able to wrestle away more touches from oft-injured Buckhalter, his value would skyrocket.

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About Ryan R. Bonini

Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA, received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.

His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports, NFL.com, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA.

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