Montee Ball, Knowshon Moreno and the Broncos’ Backfield
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Credit Jeffery Beal Knowshon Moreno’s ADP is one of the stranger things I’ve encountered this year. He’s going in the 13th round of drafts, after guys like DeAngelo Williams, Joseph Randle, and Michael Bush. He’s been deemed less worthy than an unathletic rookie and a 28 year old backup. We’re talking about a player (potentially) in the mythic Peyton Manning running back role, who averaged 102 yards and .60 touchdowns over the last 5 games of the season, yet he gets no respect from the fantasy community. The fear of Montee Ball starting, coupled with his injury prone perception is pushing his ADP down, but to the 13th round as the 55th running back? Ludicrous, I say. The situation with Knowshon closely mirrors the one of San Diego wide receiver Danario Alexander. DX is famous for having 5 surgeries on his left knee since college, causing him to drop completely out of the draft in 2010. After being cut by the Rams because of lingering injuries, he was signed by the Chargers, and blew up with 37 catches for 658 yards and 7 touchdowns in 7 games. The Chargers then went out and drafted Keenan Allen in the 3rd round, 18 picks after Montee Ball was selected by the Broncos. They also have Vincent Brown, a favorite of draftniks, coming back from a broken ankle suffered last season. So, DX is a 7th round pick and Moreno isn’t?