With 9 TDs and 1 INT on the season, Orton has very quietly become a No. 2 fantasy QB. He's a legit starting option and a great flex option or bye week replacement. Before the bye, in the Broncs' win over San Diego, he was 20/29 for 229 yards, 2 TD and a 115.4 passer rating. Not too shabby.
Moreno has taken over the bulk of the carries from Buckhalter, though Buck outrushed Knowshon before the bye vs. the Chargers despite getting 8 fewer carries (Buck: 10 for 48, Knowshon:18 for 44). Knowshon has averaged 63.5 rush YPG this year and has gotten into the end zone once rushing and once on a short pass As long as he's splitting carries, he's more of a No. 3 option.
Royal's been a MAJOR disappointment after an excellent 91 catch '08 campaign. His 10 catches during the Week 5 game with New England got his owners excited, but he followed that up with a 0 catch effort against the Chargers (despite punt and kickoff returns for TDs). He is a low end No. 3 option and an inadvisable start, despite a great deal of potential.
Marshall didn't score a TD against the Chargers before the bye, the first time in a month he didn't get in the end zone. He's a great talent and seems to have developed a connection with Orton. He's a high-end No. 2 fantasy WR, and possible No. 1 against the Ravens' 23rd ranked pass D. He should probably start every week.
After a rough start to the season, Scheffler had a season high 6 catches for 101 yards and a TD against the Chargers. Like Eddie Royal, Scheff ‘de Cuisine' had some issues connecting with Orton after an excellent '08 campaign. Following his breakout, Scheff becomes a solid 2nd tier TE option and good bye week option with a ton of upside.
Having forced 16 TOs and sacking opposing QBs 21 times, this unit has established itself as one of the best in the league. They've held opponents to the lowest average points in the NFL. Even against a good offensive team like Baltimore, that may well hand them their first loss, they are a top tier option.
Flacco ranks in the top 10 in every major passing category and is coming off a MONSTER game before the bye against the Vikings in which he passed for 385 yards with 2 TDs. Even against Denver's 9th ranked pass defense, he's a legit No. 1 fantasy QB at this point.
Rice is the NFL leader in all-purpose yards with 766 after a monster game before the bye week against the Vikes (10 rec, 117 rec yards, 10 carries, 77 yards, 2 rush TDs). A must-start, even against the NFL's No. 2 YPG defense.
McGahee saw his touches and YPG dwindle in the three weeks before the bye. In fact, with 13 carries for 12 yards and 2 rec for 17 yards total in those three games, McGahee collected a fraction of the yardage that Ray Rice did in the 4th quarter against Minnesota. Strong recommendation to avoid.
A solid, unspectacular vet, Clayton had a good game against the Vikings before the bye with 3 catches for 57 yards and 1 TD. Despite that success, he shouldn't be used in fantasy leagues, especially against a top defense like the Broncos
Heap's on pace to have over 60 catches, which makes him a viable lower tier fantasy TE, especially as a bye week replacement in PPR leagues. He had 3 catches for 51 yards against the Vikes. You know what you're getting from him.
Though he missed the game winning opportunity against the Vikings, Hauschka is a pretty good kicker on a high scoring team. Nevertheless, he doesn't rate in the high end of fantasy kickers with only 7 attempts on the year.
19th in the league in both PPG and YPG and The Baltimore D has not been the fearsome unit we've become used to over the years. Against a talented Denver team, they're not a must-start, rather a No. 2 level fantasy defense that should benefit from playing at home after a week of rest.