DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 18: Wide receiver Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos celebrates with fullback Spencer Larsen #46 and wide receiver Matt Willis #12 after scoring a 52-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

2011 Fantasy Football Week 2: Willis McGahee, Eric Decker Reward Fantasy Owners

Broncos running back Willis McGahee and wide receiver Eric Decker helped fantasy owners when their teams went to them following injury to the starters.

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Fantasy Football 2011: Eric Decker Emerges From Sleeper Status

The Denver Broncos paved the way to victory by going to Willis McGahee and Eric Decker on Sunday afternoon. Injuries to Knowshon Moreno and Brandon Lloyd allowed McGahee and Decker into the lineup on a consistent basis, and fantasy football owners who started them reaped the rewards as well.

Willis McGahee pounded the ball 28 times for 101 yards and a touchdown, a sight the Broncos had not seen often enough with Knowshon Moreno running the ball. There's still no word on when Moreno will return to the lineup, but John Fox loves to run the ball and McGahee looks ready to shoulder the load.

Eric Decker was pegged as a sleeper entering this season, but he's already exploded onto the scene. Decker returned a punt for a touchdown and had 53 receiving yards in Week 1 before he became a starter in Week 2. He came up with five receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns. With Brandon Lloyd hurting from a groin injury and Eddie Royal likely out for some time with a significant injury there as well, Decker could become Kyle Orton's new best friend in the receiving game.

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Week 2 NFL Injury Report: Fantasy Football Owners Should Pay Attention To Broncos' Inactives

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Fantasy Football Week 2: Who Should Start Or Sit In AFC West Games?

While Knowshon Moreno should be a sit this week in fantasy football, who are some of the other players in AFC West or on their opponents' team that should be in or out of lineups? There are at least two players on the Bengals who fantasy owners might want to start against Denver.

According to SB Nation and, Bengals running back Cedric Benson is a good play against the Broncos. The Raiders' Darren McFadden had 150 yards against the Broncos in Week 1, and Benson could have a big day as well. He had 121 yards against the Browns last week. Tight end Jermaine Gresham could also be a big producer. He led the team with six receptions for 58 yards and one touchdown.

SB Nation also looked at and came up with the top 10 sits and starts for this week. Two of the top guys to start this week, according to these projections, are New England's Aaron Hernandez (7 receptions, 103 yards, 1 TD) and Detroit's Jahvid Best (21 carries, 72 yards). They play the Chargers and the Chiefs, respectively. Cedric Benson also appears here.

On the sit side of things, Chad Ochocinco against the Chargers is not a good play, just as Knowshon Moreno isn't. Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel against the Lions should also be a sit. Mike Tolbert had three touchdowns last week, but is a sit under these projections. However, he splits carries with Ryan Mathews, but this might be one suggestion to avoid.

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Fantasy Football Week 2:Knowshon Moreno Injury Prevents Practice Time, Makes Him Risky Play

Knowshon Moreno's fantasy football owners should start looking for other options before they need to set their Week 2 lineups. Moreno's injured hamstring has kept him out of practice since Wednesday and things are not looking good for him on Friday, either.

If owners decided to couple him with teammate Willis McGahee then there may be an added boon since McGahee will pick up carries. However, Lance Ball could also see some action on the field. Still, McGahee is the best in the Broncos' stable of running backs to be a performer this week (last week's four-carry, three- yard performance on the ground notwithstanding). McGahee is also a threat out of the backfield with his five-catch, 32-yard performance last week.

In the long-term, Moreno owners will need to consider moving away from him. Combined with last year's performance, this injury and his general ineffectiveness to reach 22 yards, he could be on a flat trajectory. If the run blocking doesn't open up for him, Moreno will have a hard time picking up chunks of yards. As Jeff Legwold points out in the Denver Post, Moreno's game won't be to shed tackles and pick up yards after contact. If he won't be able to, can McGahee?


2011 Fantasy Football Week 2 Start/Sit: Brandon Lloyd, Knowshon Moreno Injuries Caution Fantasy Owners

Injuries to a few Denver Broncos players will force fantasy owners to make some decisions this week.

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