McDaniels to continue backfield committee next season

The Denver Broncos have one of the most promising young running backs in the league in Knowshon Moreno, who posted 28 receptions, 1,160 scrimmage yards and nine total touchdowns in his rookie season.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Moreno is heading into a featured role in 2010.

In an interview with the Colorado Springs Gazette, coach Josh McDaniels said that he plans on using both Moreno and Correll Buckhalter for a second consecutive season.

“That’s something we’ll always be interested in,” McDaniels said about using multiple backs. “If there’s another player we can put into the mix and share carries, we’ll never be averse to that.”

Fantasy owners can’t be terribly shocked at this news, as most teams in the league now utilize two or more backs in the offensive rotation. McDaniels has always used more than one runner in his backfields dating back to his time with the Patriots.

While this seems like bad news for Moreno’s value on the surface, keep in mind that he did average better than 17 carries in his nine starts of 2009. Compare that to Buckhalter, who averaged around 8.5 carries for the season.

Moreno also has a very favorable FPA rating heading into next season, so he’s still in a good position to improve on his rookie totals. That makes the Georgia product worth a second- or third-round pick in fantasy drafts.

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