A trio of running backs with varying degrees of heat are the featured players in this week’s edition, each of them getting regular touches on the ball for their respective teams. We boldly list another quarterback this week, and as usual we dumpster dive into the available tight ends to list one that has some fantasy relevance. A handful of wide receivers also make an appearance with something for everyone this week!
RB Knowshon Moreno, Denver
Taking a page out of former Denver coach Mike Shanahan’s “I hate fantasy football” playbook, John Fox dipped down in the Denver depth chart and tapped Moreno to be the starter in place of the injured Willis McGahee. Moreno had not even put on a uniform since Week 2, but Fox had a notion that Moreno would do a better job than Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball would have done protecting Peyton Manning. Moreno carried the rock 20 times for 85 yards and hauled in four passes for 26 yards while Hillman and Ball combined for only three touches the entire game. Moreno will be the featured back going forward for the Broncos, and he will likely be the top selection on this week’s waiver wire. Our friends at fleaflicker.com have him in the top two, so act fast!
RB Shane Vereen, New England
The Patriots are scoring a ton of points on a weekly basis, with the touchdown scoring being spread among many players. Vereen has seen his share, scoring three times in the last four games. His numbers against the New York Jets are a little inflated, thanks to an 83-yard swing pass that resulted in one of the many New England scores on turkey day. Stevan Ridley is established as the starter and workhorse, but 10-plus carries in each of the last two games proves that coach Bill Belichick has no problem getting Vereen involved in the Patriots’ explosive offense. Vereen is good for these dozen or so touches per game and a touchdown. That’s an above-average fantasy performance for a backup running back so he should be owned in all formats.
RB Bilal Powell, New York Jets
Another “backup” that is getting a regular amount of touches at the running back position is Powell. With Powell getting a dozen touches a game in the last two games, the Jets have been splitting things right down the middle with he and Shonn Greene. Powell is also the goal line option for the Jets, hitting pay dirt three times in the past two games. In most formats, those numbers alone make him a viable flex-play, so he should be owned with consideration as a starter when necessary.