Before you think this is a repeat of last year's memorable buildup of false hopes about Bills running back C.J. Spiller , let me assure you that it's not. At least, it doesn't sound like it. Instead of talk about how much more work Spiller is going to see this year, Chris Brown of the team's official website writes that the Bills are focusing more on using Spiller in different ways.
"Bobbing and weaving through would-be tacklers and back to cutting on a dime, the offensive coaches seem eager to expand the ways in which [Spiller will] be used on the field this fall," Brown wrote last week. "To this point, Spiller has proven more than capable in any and all situations."
Hopefully that means getting Spiller in open spaces often. That's where he really excels. He doesn't need to be a workhorse to be a very, very valuable fantasy player; he just needs good health and a coaching staff that actually has a clue about how to correctly use him.
If you owned Spiller last year, I completely understand if you don't want to touch him in drafts with a 100-yard pole. But it's a new year, and his ankles are back to full strength. He is an RB2 with RB1 upside. Now, once again, it's up to offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and head coach Doug Marrone to not completely waste this special talent.