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Remember the time when fantasy leaguers could look to the Denver Broncos for a productive running back?
Well, those days are over.
NFL Network’s Adam Schefter reports the Broncos have come to terms with veteran running backs Correll Buckhalter and J.J. Arrington.
The moves almost ensure a backfield committee in 2009.
Buckhalter, 30, will be the favorite to start and see time on early downs, but he’ll lose carries to Arrington on passing downs and Peyton Hillis in short-yardage and goal-line sets. With Ryan Torain and Selvin Young also in the mix, it could be hard to find consistent fantasy production from any one player.
New coach Josh McDaniels utilized shared backfields in each of his final two seasons as a coordinator with the Patriots, so he’s comfortable without a true featured runner.
Buckhalter will be the first Broncos back off the board in most standard leagues, but Hillis could have more value in touchdown-based formats in what could be a Mike Alstott role.
Overall, this looks like a situation you’ll want to avoid if at all possible.