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Damien Williams, Daniel Thomas fantasy options after Knowshon Moreno injury

Daniel-ThomasMiami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno left Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills with a dislocated elbow and is expected to miss four to eight weeks. Prior to the injury, Moreno had looked like Miami’s best back and had become the No. 1 option ahead of Lamar Miller. The job will now be Miller’s to lose, but the Dolphins will still use multiple backs. Damien Williams and Daniel Thomas are the best waiver wire adds for fantasy purposes.

Williams will likely be Miller’s primary backup while Moreno is out. The former Oklahoma back rushed for 19 yards on five carries after Moreno went down. However, the Dolphins have also decided to bring back Daniel Thomas.

Thomas, who was part of a committee with Miller in Miami for the past two years, was released in the preseason after being beat out by Williams and undrafted free agent Orleans Darkwa. While Miami has a new offensive coordinator in Bill Lazor, Thomas should have some familiarity with the system after having gone through training camp with the team. However, he did rush for just 406 yards in 15 games last season.

As of now, the “safest” fantasy add is probably Williams. That said, the Dolphins are likely going to feed Miller the rock and give him a chance to become a feature back. If he’s unable to do that, Williams and possibly Thomas will get carries. I’m not sure I’d use a high waiver priority on either player.

Lamar Miller ‘clearly ahead’ of Knowshon Moreno?

Lamar-Miller-DolphinsKnowshon Moreno was one of the biggest steals in fantasy football last season. He was the lead back in a Peyton Manning offense, which is a position that always produces no matter who is playing it. But can the 26-year-old be nearly as productive with the Miami Dolphins?

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the early indication from OTAs and minicamp is that Lamar Miller will be the Dolphins’ starting running back.

Lamar Miller, being used more as a receiver out of the backfield, remains clearly ahead of Knowshon Moreno for the starting running back job. He had a long run for a touchdown Tuesday.

Miller appeared in all 16 games for the Dolphins last season, but he split time with Daniel Thomas and rushed for just 709 yards. He does, however, have a career average of 4.2 yards per carry. Moreno racked up more than 1,500 yards and scored 13 touchdowns in 2013 but, again, he did so in Manning’s offense. Defenses tend to be so worried about defending the pass that they give up yards in bunches to rushers.

Bottom line? Miller could be poised for a breakout year. Many experts were confused last year about why Joe Philbin and the Dolphins refused to set him loose. Perhaps this is the year they do that.

H/T Rotoworld

Knowshon Moreno likely to leave Broncos as free agent

Knowshon MorenoThe Denver Broncos could have a different offensive look next season coming off their first trip to the Super Bowl since the 1998 season. Not only is there the possibility that Peyton Manning may retire after the game, but it sounds increasingly likely that running back Knowshon Moreno will not be back with the team next season.

Moreno was drafted by the Broncos in 2009 as a first-round pick and was considered a disappointment. He dealt with multiple injuries, was demoted, and Denver even drafted Montee Ball highly last year with hopes that he would become the team’s feature back. But Moreno finally put it together, stayed healthy and had the best season of his career this season. He rushed for 1,039 yards and 10 touchdowns and caught 60 passes for 548 yards and three touchdowns. Moreno played so well this season that he put himself in position to earn a lot of money in the offseason as a free agent.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported during the week leading up to the Super Bowl that the Broncos don’t expect to be able to re-sign Moreno in the offseason because he’ll be a free agent and figures to make more money elsewhere. The reasoning is sound, but will it be wise for a team to sign Moreno?

Until playing with Manning, Moreno hadn’t done much. Part of that is because he didn’t have great offensive teammates around him, and part of that is because he was always banged up. But when you have defenses spread out and worried about Peyton Manning, things become a lot easier for the running back. That’s a big reason why Moreno accumulated so many yards and touchdowns this season.

I wouldn’t expect Knowshon to repeat his success elsewhere because he won’t be on an record-breaking offense, but I think he’ll do OK. Would I pay him big money? Not a chance. But you figure some team will, which is why this will likely be his last game with the Broncos.

Knowshon Moreno crying during national anthem makes an insane slow-motion GIF

Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno was clearly overwhelmed during the singing of the national anthem before his team’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. During the broadcast, CBS showed a replay of Moreno with tears streaming down his face as the Star Spangled Banner was being performed. It was nothing shy of raw emotion.

Knowshon-Moreno-crying

My initial reaction was that Moreno had an abnormal amount of water coming out of his eyes, but then I had to stop and think if I have ever seen a slow-motion GIF of someone crying before. Maybe that’s just what it looks like. In any event, you have to love the passion. Moreno took getting fired up for a football game to a whole new level.

GIF via Kissing Suzy Kolber

LeSean McCoy stands by criticism of Knowshon Moreno

LeSean McCoyPhiladelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy must have some sort of personal issue with Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno. On Sunday, McCoy took the opportunity to use a tweet from ESPN’s Skip Bayless to point out that he believes Moreno “sucks.” To most, the tweet seemed completely uncalled for. Moreno seemed to agree, and he fired back at Shady after the Denver Broncos’ victory.

McCoy’s tweet was the type we have grown accustomed to seeing players backpedal after sending. Instead, McCoy poked fun at himself on Wednesday when he began his press conference by praising Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin with a smile on his face.

“I just want to say I think Doug Martin is a heck of a running back,” he told reporters, via Shutdown Corner. “He’s one of the better backs in the NFL, for sure.”

Since McCoy was kind enough to bring up the topic, a reporter asked him what he thinks of Moreno.

“I don’t want to talk about the past,” McCoy said. “It is what it is. What I said is what I meant.”

He was then asked if he regrets sending the tweet.

“No,” he said convincingly. “I don’t regret it.”

Even if McCoy does believe Moreno sucks, you would think he’d apologize or say he should not have sent the tweet. It’s not like the Eagles were even paying the Broncos, so the criticism was totally random. That’s why I’m inclined to think there’s a specific reason he doesn’t care for Moreno. Then again, McCoy has been known to use his Twitter account for very stupid things.

LeSean McCoy thinks Knowshon Moreno sucks

LeSean McCoyPhiladelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy apparently thinks very little of Knowshon Moreno’s abilities as a running back.

During the Denver Broncos’ game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, McCoy responded to a tweet from ESPN resident idiot Skip Bayless praising Knowshon by saying the Broncos running back sucks.

Well, LeSean, your first mistake is following Skip Bayless on Twitter. Your second mistake is opening your big mouth to bash another player who doesn’t suck. Your third and biggest mistake was reactivating that Twitter account. You should have kept it deactivated following that nasty spat with your baby mama.

UPDATE: Moreno responded after the game. Here’s his tweet:

Knowshon Moreno does rock, paper, scissors after touchdown

Knowshon Moreno showed off his sense of humor with a great touchdown celebration on Sunday.

Knowshon Moreno rock paper scissorsThe Denver Broncos running back scored on a 4-yard run against the Philadelphia Eagles and did rock, paper, scissors in the end zone. The funny celebration was a nod to Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman saying last week that he, Moreno, and Montee Ball played rock, paper, scissors to decide which one of the three would get to score the touchdown when the team had the ball at the 1-yard line last week in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders.

Broncos coach John Fox later disputed Hillman’s claim, but that didn’t stop Moreno from making light of it.

GIF via BuzzFeed Sports