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After slow start, Moreno in store for big finish

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By Michael Blunda

The first half of the season didn't go quite as Knowshon Moreno would have hoped, but the second half could prove to be his coming-out party.

After hurting his hamstring in training camp, Moreno returned for the first two weeks of the season but then suffered another hamstring injury, which put him on the shelf for a month. He returned in Week Six but put up lackluster rushing numbers, as it was clear he wasn't at full strength. Getting a bye week to rest, though, Moreno looked like a different back in Sunday's win over the Chiefs.

The 2009 first-rounder notched the first 100-yard game of his career against K.C., running for 106 yards on 22 carries. He also added three receptions for 50 yards and a score, his third receiving TD of the season. Head coach Josh McDaniels said all summer that he had big plans for Moreno, and now that is starting to come to fruition.

With one of the softest schedules over the season's final month, Moreno could be an enormous difference maker during the fantasy playoffs. The one thing that could hold him back a bit is the presence of QB Tim Tebow, who has been stealing goal-line carries, but Moreno's value is still significant. If you can make a last-minute play for him, it could help carry you to a fantasy crown.

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