Fantasy over: Hillis placed on I-R

Well, it was good while it lasted…

The Denver Broncos have placed Peyton Hillis on injured reserve due to a torn hamstring, suffered in Sunday’s win over the Chiefs. He’ll miss the remainder of the season.

The rookie out of Arkansas had become a viable fantasy starter heading into Week 14, especially after a 129-yard, one-touchdown performance against the New York Jets. Now he’s part of a long list of fallen Broncos running backs that includes Michael Pittman, Ryan Torain, Andre Hall and Selvin Young.

Coach Mike Shanahan will now turn to Tatum Bell as his top runner.

Bell, a former 1,000-yard back, was signed during the season after the team had lost Pittman and Hall. While Young is close to returning from an injured groin, Bell will be the hotter of the two backs on the fantasy waiver wire. He’ll be a viable (but unattractive) flex option in larger leagues this week against the Panthers.

As for Hillis, it appears that his time as a fantasy-relevant back is over.

With Torain expected to be the favorite to start in 2009 (of course, with Shanahan you never know), Hillis will either return to the fullback position or serve in a backfield committee. He’ll have no value in most keeper and dynasty leagues.

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