I have never been very high on Knowshon, however, I acquired him via trade several weeks ago - needed RB help badly, and much to my suprise he hasn't dissapointed - even though I'm always hesitant to start him...
Last night was the first time I got a chance to really watch him, and again, I was suprised - he ran much 'harder" than I thought, he wasn't as slow as I thought, he was more patient than I thought, and he's a better receiver than I thought.
Also nice to see he's not an afterthought when the Broncos are playing from behind - I won't go as far as calling him matchup proof (as evident by the stinker vs the Jets or the underwhelming performance vs SF in London), but the OAK game & last night vs SD he did put up RB1 fantasy numbers. Denver doesn't seem to utilize the TE at all, so by default Moreno becomes Orton's checkdown/safety valve & McD-Bag seems fully commited to him (and the lack of any threat behind him on the DC helps a ton).
WK 1 - 12.4 standard/13.4 full PPR
WK 2 - 17.8 standard/21.8 full PPR
WK 3 - DNP/INJ
WK 4 - DNP/INJ
WK 5 - DNP/INJ
WK 6 - 2.8 standard/2.8 full PPR
WK 7 - 21.0 standard/24.0 full PPR
WK 8 - 6.9 standard/10.9 full PPR
WK 9 - BYE
WK 10 - 21.6 standard/24.6 full PPR
WK 11 - 18.0 standard/25.0 full PPR
In the 7 games he's played, he's averaging 19 touches (15.9 carries, 3.1 receptions), 93.5 YFS (59.4 rushing, 34.1 receiving), .85 TD (3 rushing, 3 receiving), good for a 14.4 standard/17.5 full PPR FFPPG average - good for the 9th best PPG average among RB's in both formats.
The Broncos remaing schedule sets up very nicely in terms of fantasy - vs STL, @ KC, @ AZ, @ OAK, vs HOU...
In case you needed confirmation about how important Knowshon Moreno may be during the fantasy playoffs, this should provide it. With HC Josh McDaniels apparently ready to give his second-year RB the full load, Moreno could tear apart four straight opponents to end the season – all of which allow at least 25 fantasy points to the RB position. Only the Chargers this week (or a reoccurrence of his hamstring problems) look to slow down what should be a great finish to Moreno’s season as the Rams defense isn’t nearly as good away from home. In regards to the passing game, Kyle Orton’s owners (as well as the owners of Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney) have to be drooling at what is possible if their fantasy team makes it to Week 16 against the horrid Texans’ pass defense. I’m not crazy about Denver’s prospects on the road against the Chargers this week or in a Week 13 rematch at Arrowhead Stadium against the Chiefs, but Arizona, Oakland and Houston have shown no ability whatsoever to stop elite passing attacks, which is exactly what Denver has become. The one downside, though, is the possibility of another demolition like the one Oakland put on the Broncos in Week 7. Both the Raiders and Texans have the running game necessary to pound the Broncos’ defense all day long and keep Orton & Co. off the field.
Linkage: http://www.fftoday.com/articles/orth/10 ... son.htm#10
So fellow Knowshon owners, are you ready to set him in your lineup and just keep him plugged there from here on out or do you still have reservations? If so, who are you thinking of sitting him for & why?