In fantasy football, we’re always looking for the next Chris Johnson or Ray Rice at running back. In 2010, there are a ton of young runners who could become fantasy stars.
One of those guys is Knowshon Moreno.
A first-round pick of the Broncos in 2009, Moreno showed flashes of potential as a rookie but didn’t put up monster numbers from a fantasy perspective. With a year of experience under his belt, though, I’m expecting him to make some noise.
Moreno’s coach, Josh McDaniels, has had high praise for his running back during the offseason. The Georgia product has made strides both as a playmaker and in picking up the blitz as a pass protector. If you’re going to be a featured back in the NFL, you need those attributes.
McDaniels also told the Denver Post that he sees Moreno making an impact in the passing game as well. That sort of scenario makes him more attractive in both standard and PPR leagues.
With the departure of Brandon Marshall, Moreno is also the best offensive weapon on the roster and will be given more than his share of opportunities to produce. Based on his own skills and a schedule that’s one of the easiest among running backs, I believe Moreno is in good position to breakout this season.
Target him as a No. 2 fantasy back, who could put up No. 1 fantasy back numbers, in Rounds 2-3.