TruNinerFan wrote:I would go with Knowshon. I thought that he was the most talented Rb in the draft and he also ended up in one of the best situations. Moreno is clearly the most talented Rb on the Broncos and I think that he will be the main man once the season starts. The Broncos have a very good O-line and I expect him to be used a lot in the passing game.
Beanie had durability issues in college. The Cards are clearly a pass first team and I also fear that Hightower will steal goal line carries.
I like Knowshon in redraft and keeper leagues over Beanie.
1. Beanie's durability issues? He missed three games in three years of college. He's tough and he played hurt sometimes -- what you want to see from your franchise RB as a 16 game season wears down EVERYONE. And none of the injuries were major (i.e. no ACL tears etc.). So while you have to acknowledge his injuries in college, none were of the devastating variety. I remember all this being said about AP as well a few years ago.
Hightower stealing goal line carries? He wasn't all that good at it last year. Meanwhile, that is big back Wells' forte. He may get pulled on third downs as he learns pass pro, but I think you'll see Beanie inside the 20.
Speaking of goal line carries, who says Moreno will get them for the Broncos? DEN has a lot more options at RB than does AZ. I could easily see Hillis get that work, a la Mike Alstott (combo RB/FB) did 10 years ago. And very technically, Moreno is supposedly 3rd on the depth chart currently. That will almost certainly change at some point during the season, but how long will that take??
Both are very talented and both should have chances to succeed in 2009 and beyond. I am just saying that Wells' minuses seem to be magnified in this thread while Moreno's minuses are barely mentioned. I personally like Wells a little better for the short- and long-term.