By Reginald James, Dolphins Correspondent, Tue, Oct 14th 2:36pm EDT
The Dolphins have placed Knowshon Moreno on injured reserve ending his season. Moreno tore his ACL (the same ACL he injured in 2011) in the third quarter in Sunday's game against Green Bay. This was Moreno's first game back since dislocating his elbow in Week 2. (Source: Sun Sentinel
Fantasy Impact: Lamar Miller becomes the guy and a weekly fantasy play in all formats. He leads the team in rushing with 330 yards and three touchdowns.
By Reginald James, Dolphins Correspondent, Mon, Oct 13th 5:35am EDT
Six of those touches were rushes for 10 yards. He also caught the only pass thrown his way for eight yards on Sunday. This was Moreno's first game since dislocating his elbow in Week 2. (Source: Miami Herald
Fantasy Impact: On Sunday Lamar Miller was the favored back getting ten more touches than Moreno. Yet, Moreno owners need to hold tight. As it turned out, the fantasy points were not there against Green Bay, but there are sure to be better days ahead. Moreno was the starter before his injury, but how soon before he retains that status is the problem. He's a risky play until this all gets sorted out. Most owners can't afford to risk getting the paltry fantasy points that Moreno produced and need to wait it out with him on the bench.
By Jeffrey Lee Colavecchio, Dolphins Correspondent, Fri, Oct 10th 5:45pm EDT
Center Mike Pouncey looks like a go, as he wasn’t even included in the Dolphins’ injury report all week. In addition, linebacker Koa Misi (ankle), running back Knowshon Moreno (elbow) and defensive tackle Randy Starks (back) all are listed as probably despite being limited in practice Friday. (Source: Miamidolphins.com
Fantasy Impact: Somewhat of a surprising "probable" tag for Moreno, seems like a fast return from an elbow dislocation three weeks ago. Lamar Miller will get the start as usual, and I envision the Dolphins will not rush Moreno back as Daniel Thomas is also pushing for reps. Miller will be the guy to start as a mid-range RB2 this week, but his stock might have already peaked. Sell high if Miller shows well Sunday, Knowshon could be ready to reclaim his previous role soon.
By Reginald James, Dolphins Correspondent, Fri, Oct 10th 4:48pm EDT
Knowshon Moreno who has been limited in practice all week, is listed as probable on Friday's official injury report and is expected to play Sunday against Green Bay. He will be wearing a brace on the elbow his dislocated in the second game of the season against Buffalo. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Moreno has stated that the bulky brace is bothersome and he's been having trouble getting used to it. It's not evident how he and Lamar Miller will split carries, which makes Moreno a tricky boom-or-bust flex play. How the rest of your lineup looks will determine whether Moreno is worth the risk.
By Brian Ruiz, Dolphins Correspondent, Mon, Oct 6th 2:32pm EDT
Knowshon Moreno has returned to the practice field in a limited role. Coach Philbin said however that in order for him to play he must show that he can run, catch and block without limitation. Moreno currently has a brace on his arm and may be a week away. (Source: Sun Sentinel
Fantasy Impact: Good news for his fantasy value as he nears his return but he may not be ready just yet and with Miller still playing well they may not want to rush him back. When he returns it will be interesting to see whether he splits carries despite Miller's impressive play in his absence.
By Reginald James, Dolphins Correspondent, Wed, Oct 1st 4:54pm EDT
Running back Knowshon Moreno, who has been out since Week 2 with a dislocated elbow, thinks it will be another four weeks before he returns. "I probably got like four more weeks,” Moreno said. “About four more weeks and I’ll be good.” (Source: Palm Beach Post
Fantasy Impact: This is good news for Lamar Miller owners who in Moreno's absence has played like he wants to keep the job he couldn't nail down during the preseason. Moreno is worth keeping, especially if he returns to his preinjury role.
By Reginald James, Dolphins Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 8:53pm EDT
Knowshon Moreno suffered a dislocated left elbow and possible fracture on his first carry of the day. He could miss 4-8 weeks. (Source: Armando Salguero on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Lamar Miller and Damian Williams combined for 16 carries for 65 yards in Moreno's absence. Seven yards was the longest carry for each. Miller also injured his ankle in the 4th quarter, so it's a wait-and-see situation if you're considering either player as a fantasy replacement for Moreno.
By Jeffrey Lee Colavecchio, Dolphins Correspondent, Wed, Sep 10th 7:28pm EDT
Safety Walt Aikens (hand), tight end Charles Clay (knee), running back Knowshon Moreno (shoulder), defensive end Derrick Shelby (knee), tight end Dion Sims (neck), wide receiver Mike Wallace (hamstring) and linebacker Philip Wheeler (thumb) had limited participation. (Source: MiamiDolphins.com
Fantasy Impact: I bet Moreno's shoulder was sore after the bell-cow effort put forth to open the regular season. We can all assume that the Dolphins are simply being cautious with their lead back, coming off a 24 carry performance Sunday. Considering the knock on Moreno was that he was out of shape to begin training camp, he looked to be in great shape Sunday. I am concerned OC Bill Lasor will over use him early and often in the season, which could take its toll on the veteran. For now Moreno is the superior runner between the tackles and always seems to look like he’s going downhill. I grabbed him in the eighth round of our Correspondents League, thank you very much for an emerging RB2!
By Brian Ruiz, Dolphins Correspondent, Sun, Sep 7th 4:39pm EDT
In the season opener the Dolphins relied on Knowshon Moreno to carry the bulk. He ran for 134 yards and a TD on 24 carries.
Fantasy Impact: Moreno capitalized on Lamar Miller's early fumble to gain a massive advantage in the running back battle. He did not catch a pass but was impressive on the ground. He is likely to continue to lead the backfield in carries although coach Joe Philbin has shown he is reluctant to make changes in the past. The Bills are next on the schedule, and Moreno should be a solid flex option and low-end RB2.
By Jeffrey Lee Colavecchio, Dolphins Correspondent, Sun, Aug 24th 1:48pm EDT
RB Knowshon Moreno’s first carry for the Dolphins went for 19 yards in the first quarter. He recorded five rushes for 40 yards in the first quarter. His 40 first quarter rushing yards would be the seventh-most rushing yards in the first quarter of a regular season game in his career. The starters accumulated 94 first half rushing yards, all against Dallas’ starting defense. Miami finished the game with 200 rushing yards on 35 carries (5.7 avg.) and two rushing touchdowns. The last time the Dolphins rushed for 200 yards or more in a regular season game occurred on Sept. 16, 2012 against Buffalo. On that day, Miami rushed 43 times for 263 yards (6.1 avg.) and four rushing touchdowns.
Fantasy Impact: What an explosive opening showcase for the newly signed free agent running back from Denver. Moreno was patient and aggressive and everything Dolphins fans expected out the gate. Looks like Shelley Smith will play RG and Colledge LG, both of which had productive games against a porous Dallas defense. If the line can establish some kind of run game during the first quarter of the season, then this offense is going to score a lot upon Pouncey’s return. Moreno fell to the 12th round in a deep 12 team keeper league I belong to, that’s looking like a great pick if he can stay healthy and continue to carve out his role for the Phins.
By Brian Ruiz, Dolphins Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 10:04pm EDT
Moreno ran 10 times for 64 yards in his preseason debut against the Cowboys. He split carries with Miller but clearly looked like the superior back.
Fantasy Impact: The Dolphins still have offensive line woes, especially in the running game. This however is a good sign even though it was against the suspect Cowboys defense. Despite missing the majority of camp Moreno appears to be on track to acquire the starting role. Lamar Miller appears to have squandered his opportunity and it is likely Moreno will begin to take the position as the Dolphins back to own.
By Reginald James, Dolphins Correspondent, Sat, Aug 16th 9:33pm EDT
Although Moreno has been cleared for contact, the team is going to be cautious with him. He's expected to make his debut next week against the Cowboys. (Source: Alain Poupart on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Moreno will definitely have a role in the offense once he's up to speed, but how soon he can actually contribute is the question. Lamar Miller sits firmly in the RB1 spot for the Dolphins. Moreno is a deep roster candidate only.
By Brian Ruiz, Dolphins Correspondent, Wed, Aug 6th 9:45am EDT
Knowshon Moreno was activated today from the physically unable to perform list. Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel believes that he has slimmed down from the beginning of OTAs when he appeared out of shape. He has taken part of pass protection drills, and any involvement is a good sign after it was known that he was still laboring to walk. (Source: Sun Sentinel
Fantasy Impact: If Moreno is healthy he should play a big role in the Dolphins offense. He is the best pass blocker and receiver out of the backfield. With him out, Lamar Miller did very well, and may be the better fit with much more upside, but Moreno will have a chance regain his position. Until then, Miller should be drafted before Moreno in the mid rounds.
By Reginald James, Dolphins Correspondent, Sat, Aug 2nd 2:18am EDT
Moreno was originally scheduled to return within five weeks after arthroscopic surgery. He is now in his sixth week of rehab, still laboring when he walks, with no scheduled date to join the team. He's not sure if he'll make a preseason appearance: "I just want to take each day one at a time. They have a schedule for me and they’re just going to tell me every day what I have to do, and I just go out there and do it.”
(Source: Miami Herald
Fantasy Impact: Moreno offers little fantasy value at the moment, and early drafters should take a pass. Lamar Miller was already taking first-team snaps before Moreno had surgery. Moreno's extended rehab only helps solidify Lamar Miller's lock as the Dolphin's RB1 (73 ECR).
By Zach Haeussler, Dolphins Correspondent, Wed, Jul 23rd 1:04pm EDT
After showing up to OTAs overweight and undergoing off-season knee surgery, NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal included Moreno on a list of six veterans he believes are fighting for their jobs heading into 2014 training camp. Miami signed Moreno to a 1 year, $3 million contract with $1.25 million guaranteed earlier this off-season. Their modest financial commitment to the veteran runner likely means he is still afforded a fair shot to make the roster, however he appears to have lost his grip on the starting job for the time being. (Source: NFL.com
Fantasy Impact: Moreno was never likely to duplicate his excellent 2013 numbers in any other offensive setting, however as a starter in another offense he was still worth a look in fantasy. After a slew of negative off-season news and a knee injury to boot, Moreno has now conceded the top spot on the Dolphins running back depth chart to Lamar Miller. Moreno should still see work on passing downs as the superior blocking and receiving option, however fantasy owners considering drafting Moreno should exercise caution.
Gridiron Experts | Jul 13th
Every year, a late-round or undrafted running back bursts onto the scene early and secures a starting spot in fantasy lineups for the rest of the season. Last season, it was Justin Forsett. The year before, we had Knowshon Moreno.
So, who will it be this year?
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