Knowshon Moreno, man. The Broncos brought him out and gave him an even larger workload than Willis McGahee was getting when paired with Ronnie Hillman. How will this situation shake out? At this point, you go with Moreno and hope. Obviously, whoever is starting for Denver is a good option most weeks because of Peyton Manning. Moreno had 20 carries last week to Hillman’s 3. He is owned in only 26% of leagues entering this week, as the Broncos move to Moreno came late and was revealed right before the game on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Bryce Brown looked great when he wasn’t fumbling. The Eagles basically went to him heavily with Foles in, and he delivered some strong runs. He will get another opportunity this week against Dallas, as McCoy has already been ruled out. I don’t think he’ll have much value when McCoy returns, but there’s no guarantee that the Eagles rush that decision given how this season is going.
Here are the rest of your pickups.
Deep: Colin Kaepernick or Alex Smith? I guess we’ll find out tomorrow with Jim Harbaugh backtracking some and calling Smith the starter, but Kaepernick more than a backup because he is starting (?). For fantasy purposes, Kaepernick is the one to have here– so take a wait and see approach and maybe by Wednesday we will know.
Deeper: The only matchup play this week, if you are desperate straits, is to go with Brandon Weeden because of the Raiders defense.
Shallow: Beanie Wells might be available, and returned last week with a touchdown. He would project as a solid RB2 option against the Jets this week. DeAngelo Williams should see an increase in carries with Jonathan Stewart’s injury. Jacquizz Rodgers has seen an increased role over the last month with Michael Turner’s struggles, and it would not surprise me if Rodgers started getting more than 50% of the touches. He is a start this week against the Saints.
Deeper: Shane Vereen has continued to see his role expand and looked explosive. The Pats #2 back is still a starting option as a flex, and if it’s Vereen down the stretch instead of Woodhead, he’s worth a cheap chance. I’ve been touting Kendall Hunter and then he tears his Achilles. Opportunity for someone else behind Gore, and its either going to be Brandon Jacobs or LaMichael James. I would probably gamble on James’ upside over Jacobs.
Shallow: Pierre Garcon may be available in your league (35% of them) and would be an add. T.Y. Hilton continues to emerge and push Avery back, and showed his playmaking ability with the punt return. Look for that to continue.
Josh Gordon isn’t on the TD run he was earlier, and is available in about 40% of leagues, but this is a great matchup this week, with his big play ability going against the Raiders secondary. Must start.
Deep: Brandon LaFell is finally coming on again, adding another touchdown last week, and with the Chiefs on tap this week. If you are looking for that matchup play and no one else is around, go with Brandon Stokley as the slot receiver against the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Deeper: Mohamed Sanu continues to score while Andrew Hawkins is out. Keep an eye on injury news for Hawkins as well as discussion of the breakdown there. Sanu becomes a starting option again if Hawkins is out.
Shallow: Dustin Keller goes against the Cardinals and will be a viable play.
Deep: Dennis Pitta added a touchdown and will continue to get targets in a matchup against the Steelers. Dwayne Allen is a starting option if Coby Fleener remains out.
Carolina going against the dreadful and turnover prone Chiefs, where Brady Quinn’s arm punts won’t be able to take advantage of the Panthers safeties.
NY Jets at home in cold weather against the Cardinals, who will be starting either Ryan Lindley or John Skelton. Yuck.
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