Three and out: Broncos’ McGahee to start

McGahee, Moreno to share carries: Just like last week, Knowshon Moreno is expected to be active for the Broncos. And similarly, Moreno is expected to share carries with starter Willis McGahee. Then again, last week, McGahee got 22 carries to none for Moreno. It’s hard to imagine a repeat performance against Green Bay, but the news is enough to downgrade both backs in your lineup this week — especially against that Packers run defense. Still, if you must start one, McGahee is the way to go.

Thomas misses practice: Having gone from full participation in practice to sitting out altogether in just two days, Daniel Thomas’ hamstring is officially a concern for the Dolphins. Just when it looked like Miami had found its top running back, coach Tony Sparano may be forced to use Reggie Bush in a featured role this week. Bush’s unremarkable performance has been a major fantasy topic this season, but it’s been something of a chicken-or-egg argument. Has he underperformed because of a lack of touches? After getting 20 touches in Week 1, he’s had a combined 18 in the team’s next two games. Or is he not getting the ball because he hasn’t done much with it? He’s averaging just 3.7 yards per touch  in 2011. Whatever the reason, he’s best left on the bench against a Chargers defense that has allowed the ninth fewest fantasy points to running backs this year.

Bryant not practicing: The Cowboys wide receiver woes are still alive with Dez Bryant sitting out Friday’s practice due to a lingering thigh issue. Combine that with his limited participation on Thursday and it’s not looking good for the second-year receiver on Sunday. With Miles Austin already out of action, it puts an increased burden on Kevin Ogletree and Laurent Robinson to make plays in the passing game. Not a welcoming thought against the Lions, who have given up the sixth-fewest fantasy points to receivers this year.

– Marcas Grant

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