Having received little respect before the start of the season last year, running back Knowshon Moreno must have a case of deja vu in 2014.
Even though Montee Ball was raved about as a rookie who must be owned, I knew that he was not worth the high price that he was going for. In training camp reports, the news was that Moreno was the best blocker for Peyton Manning. Obviously if the Denver Broncos just sent out Moreno for pass protection and Ball for rushing, opposing defenses would figure out what was going on pretty quickly.
Whoever could prevent Manning from hitting the ground would get the most touches, and that came to fruition during the 2013 season.
Now that the 26-year-old running back finds himself with the Miami Dolphins, fantasy football players want to know if he can carry over his impressive season to a new team. Things currently do not look good for Moreno, as he reportedly looks overweight and has apparently been working with the second team, but that shouldn’t deter players from taking a shot on him.
If you have ever seen Ben Roethlisberger during the preseason, you know players can quickly return to football shape.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill seemed to lay on the ground more than he stood up last season, but key additions in the draft should allow more protection for the signal caller, and more space will be created in the running game. Since he was able to protect one of the best quarterbacks in the game, the coaching staff will want Moreno on the field to utilize all of his talents. Once he is out there, expect his competition to fade away.
Moreno’s teammate Lamar Miller is not really known for his pass protection or being a dual-threat back, and Daniel Thomas struggles to stay healthy and has little involvement in the passing attack. Moreno may not have the 60 receptions in 2014 that he did with Manning last season, but he will finish with more than the Miller’s 26 receptions.
Moreno is going at the end of the fifth round and start of the sixth in mock drafts, and that is a great position to add a top-20 back who could sneak his way into the top-15 with the right circumstances. The hype train will once again say that Miller will have a great season, but the only running back for the Dolphins I want is the one who proved his worth in Denver.
Instead of worrying about Moreno adding a few pounds during the offseason, be more concerned with the fact that you could miss out on owning a top performer.