Bills running back C.J. Spiller is just as frustrated as his fantasy owners. The explosive runner hasn't scored a touchdown and is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry this year. Granted, he has had a couple of tough matchups against Carolina and the Jets, a couple of good run-stopping defenses. But Spiller knows his lack of success is due to a simple plan by defensive coordinators.
"They pretty much put a lot of people in the box and dared our passing game to beat them," Spiller said. "... "If I'm a defensive coordinator, that'd be my biggest thing too, is to stop our run and pretty much make our rookie quarterback beat us."
Spiller went on to say he has "all the confidence" in E.J. Manuel and that he's going to do a "great job."
However, if a defense going all out to stop the Bills' rushing attack was all that was needed to explain Spiller's first three games, how do you explain Fred Jackson averaging 5.3 yards per carry and having 118 more yards from scrimmage than Spiller on seven fewer touches.
I would still recommend patience here. The upcoming matchups -- Ravens, Browns, Bengals, and Dolphins -- don't look very appetizing, but I wouldn't sell Spiller low; he's just too good, and you have invested too much in him. Better days inevitably lie ahead.