C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills
|RB - #12||42.75||BUF||Active||5 years||27||5'11||200||@CJSPILLER|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-06-2014 by Rusty Reeves
YOU GOTTA BELIEVE: It is understandable if a large number of fantasy owners skip over this section of the article. Spiller was a first-round pick for many of them last year. He was going to be the focal point of the Bills' offense. Then an ankle injury hampered him for much of the season, and he burned his owners so badly with inconsistent outputs that some may never forgive him. It also didn't help that he was misused by the Bills' coaching staff even when he was running at full strength. Hopefully they learned the error of their ways, because Spiller remains this team's most dangerous weapon on offense. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry on just 201 totes last season. And there's reason to believe he will see much more work this season. Similar things have been spoken regarding Spiller before, but there is no denying that he presents massive upside when healthy. And right now, he is. The former Clemson alum could be a major steal at his current third-round average draft position.
Editor's note: Last year, Spiller was typically drafted around the middle of the first round of fantasy drafts. He was supposed to be the next big thing. He still can be; you just have to take the risk to glean the reward.
Updating a previous post, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday night that Bills running back Fred Jackson won't play next week against the Jets because of his groin injury.
Specifically, La Canfora tweeted that Jackson will be out for "at least two weeks" and will undergo an MRI on Monday. The Bills then have a bye in Week 9, and La Canfora said it's "possible" Jackson will play in Week 10 against the Chiefs. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport added that a four-week absence for Jackson is seen as the worst-case scenario.
Jackson suffered the injury late in the first quarter of Buffalo's win over Minnesota, and he had to be carted off the field. C.J. Spiller and Anthony Dixon took over the Bills' backfield. Spiller recorded a 53-yard run on his only carry after Jackson's injury, but it ended with a broken collarbone that will reportedly doom his season.
I feel awful for Spiller. He's been a bust, sure, but he's been jerked around by Buffalo's coaches, who have no idea how to use him. Finally, he gets a chance to play following Jackson's injury, immediately rips off a big play and then ... he's done. One big break begets another.
With both of Buffalo's top two running backs out for at least one game, Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are worthwhile pickups for those who need a back. Dixon took on 13 carries against the Vikings, but he's a standard-fare plodder. Brown, a former Eagles RB, has more upside. He's fundamentally unsound, but he's big and fast, and a comparison between him and Dixon in natural talent is not even close. Of course, the Bills made Brown a healthy scratch for each of their seven games after trading a conditional 2015 draft pick for him in May -- did I mention that their coaching staff doesn't know how to handle talented albeit flaws young running backs? Now the team has no choice but to make Brown active. He'll likely split carries with Dixon against the Jets, but he's worth adding 12-team leagues, and both players may see their value take a big jump up if Jackson's MRI reveals an injury more serious than is currently thought. The Jets' run defense has really shown some cracks in its past couple of games.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors10/20 - Report: Bills RB Fred Jackson will not play in Week 8 due to groin injury
10/19 - Bills RBs C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson injured
10/19 - WR Sammy Watkins goes off, QB Kyle Orton leads Bills to comeback win
10/19 - UPDATE: Bills RB C.J. Spiller to undergo season-ending surgery on collarbone
10/18 - Bills OC says he wants to continue 'feeding' RB C.J. Spiller
9/29 - Bills bench QB E.J. Manuel for Kyle Orton
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|3.06||SiriusXM - Fantasy Exec - Spiller who rushed for 4.6 yards a carry last will return to 2012 form if healthy this season.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|3.01||Scout PRO - A first Rd pick just a yr ago has upside to be top 5|
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