Laurence Maroney traded to Denver

The Laurence Maroney era in New England has come to an end.

ESPN reported earlier today that the Patriots have shipped the five-year veteran and a 2011 sixth-round draft pick to Denver in exchange for a 2011 fourth-round draft pick.

Here’s what fantasy owners should take from the trade:

1. Don’t worry about Knowshon Moreno’s value. The second-year running back rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries this past Sunday. The move to bring in Maroney is mostly about depth…and a lack of faith in aging, injury-prone veteran Correll Buckhalter. For those of you in deeper leagues with Buckhalter on your roster, you can release him.

2. For New England, this means that Fred Taylor is now the full-time guy for the Patriots. Yes, Sammy Morris and Kevin Faulk will continue to get their share of the workload, but Taylor will likely be the featured ball carrier on most weekends. The former Jacksonville Jaguar led the way for the ground attack in Week 1, carrying 14 times for 71 yards (5.1 YPC).

If you’re thinking about acquiring Maroney, here’s our advice: Don’t expect too much and be sure to view him as an insurance policy that is essentially taking up the last roster spot on your team. He’d probably be the first to go if you needed to make another move.

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