Knowshon Moreno, Michael Bush are the new hot fantasy additions

Apologies to anyone who listened to our advice to pick up running back Ronnie Hillman during the week with the expectation that he would start for the Denver Broncos. John Fox pulled a fast one on all of us.

Knowshon Moreno, who is a former first-round pick but has been a bust for Denver, surprisingly got the start on Sunday for the Broncos against the Kansas City Chiefs. He actually performed well, rushing for 85 yards on 20 carries and adding four catches for 26 yards. That was after amassing just 15 yards on eight carries the entire season (he had been a healthy scratch since Week 2).

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported before the game on Sunday that Moreno was getting the start because he’s the best of the three backs in pass protection, and because he had a good history against the Chiefs. Hillman only carried the ball three times for nine yards.

Though there is some admitted uncertainty at the Broncos running back position, it now appears as if Moreno is the one to own with Willis McGahee out. Keep in mind that Moreno frequently gets injured, so if you did pick up Hillman, try to keep him on your roster if you have an extra spot.

You can keep up with Knowshon Moreno news at his Rotoworld page.

Michael Bush‘s situation is a lot more straight-forward. Bush saw carries early for the Chicago Bears against the Minnesota Vikings, and then he took over every down after Matt Forte re-injured his ankle in the third quarter. Bush finished with 21 carries for 60 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears.

Bush is a load at 245 pounds and is a durable back. We know from his past with Oakland that he can handle every-down duties, so he should make for a good pickup. Monitor the status of Forte’s ankle to know what kind of workload you can expect Bush to have next weekend against the Seahawks.

Matt Forte seemingly upset with Bears over Michael Bush signing

Prior to suffering a knee injury late in the season last year, Matt Forte was arguably the most valuable running back in the league. The Bears ran their entire offense through him, and he was one of the only pieces keeping them afloat. To Forte’s credit, he expressed some frustration with the team over his lack of contract discussions but remained relatively quiet and continued to work. When he suffered a season-ending knee injury, we were reminded of why players hate the franchise tag and hate playing out a contract year.

Back in October, Forte said he wasn’t looking forward to the Bears using the franchise tag on him. As soon as the offseason began, that’s exactly what they did. Then on Thursday, Chicago agreed to a four-year, $14 million deal with free agent Michael Bush. Judging by the tweet he sent out Thursday afternoon, it appears Forte is not pleased with the move.

As far as insurance policies are concerned, Bush is as good as it gets. When Darren McFadden went down last season, Bush quickly became one of the best backs in the league. If Forte holds out and refuses to sign the franchise tender, Bush can certainly shoulder the load. If Chicago can’t come to a long-term agreement with Forte and chooses to franchise tag him again next season, they still have Bush. Simply put, Forte has no leverage. I wouldn’t be thrilled about it either.