Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno played in just three games last season due to an elbow injury and a torn ACL. ESPN.com expects Miami to "find a power back who is more durable" to complement starter Lamar Miller in 2015.
Moreno, 27, is scheduled to hit free agency. He played well when he was healthy, rushing 31 times for 148 yards (4.8 ypc) and a touchdown.
With Knowshon Moreno possibly on the verge of a return to action for the Dolphins, how should Fantasy owners approach Week 6's game against the Packers?
Lamar Miller has been a more-than-capable fill in for Moreno, totaling just 27 carries between two games in Moreno's absence. He rushed for 172 yards in those two games and finished with 30 Fantasy points, showing he can be productive even without a true No. 1's role. The return of Moreno might not be a death sentence for his Fantasy value, though it does put a ceiling on his potential upside even with a good matchup on the way.
What Moreno's role will be remains to be seen, assuming he is even able to play Sunday. The Packers have struggled to slow running backs this season, but if Moreno plays on a snap count, he should make for a risky start.
Smart money is on the Dolphins splitting the workload pretty evenly with Moreno coming back from an injury; remember, Miller got 11 carries even in Moreno's big breakout in Week 1. The Packers are allowing 21.6 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season, so Miller should be worth starting either way, with the upside of a solid No. 2 if Moreno sits out. If Moreno plays, consider both flex or No. 3 backs.
Despite Knowshon Moreno's terrific debut against the Patriots in Week 1's 33-20 win over the Patriots, Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor told reporters Monday he has not thought about whether Moreno will be moved into the starting lineup for Week 2 against the Bills.
Lamar Miller got the start for the Dolphins and was solid, rushing for 59 yards on 11 carries. However, Moreno was the star of the victory, totaling 134 yards on 24 carries. Regardless of which player starts the first series for the Dolphins, Moreno looks to be the lead back at this point.
The Dolphins brought Knowshon Moreno in this offseason to compete with Lamar Miller for playing time, but it appears as if Miller will open the season as the starter. However, with a potential timeshare looking likely, will either be of much use in Week 1 against the Patriots?
The Patriots were 14th in the league in Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs last season, but the Dolphins actually found a surprising amount of success against them. Miller in particular was a solid contributor, as he rushed for 150 yards total and accounted for 16 Fantasy points. However, that was when he was sharing the workload with Daniel Thomas, a much less useful overall option than Moreno, who should cut into his playing time even more.
In fact, The Miami Herald reported Monday Moreno is likely to see more playing time than Miller, who will likely be used in more limited packages until he proves he is otherwise ready for a larger role.
Even if Moreno does end up playing a larger role, neither player is likely to be used as anything like a workhorse for Sunday's game, making each a risky Fantasy option. Neither ranks among the top-30 in our running back rankings for this week, though Moreno has slightly more value at this point as a Flex option.
Miller had a disappointing preseason, while Moreno averaged 6.4 yards per carry in his one preseason appearance.
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