Is C.J. Spiller finally fantasy relevant?
The Buffalo Bills all-purpose back may have fantasy worth as a wide receiver now
By: Corby Yarbrough | 10/27/11, 3:21 AM EDT
Fred Jackson is the No. 1 running back in fantasy football right now. We all expected that, right?
No, when we all drafted in August we thought it may be a nightmare of sorts with last year’s first-round pick, C.J. Spiller, at least getting enough reps to make the Bills’ backfield situation an annoying one like Green Bay’s currently is.
It certainly has not turned out that way. Jackson has 601 rushing yards and six scores and 279 yards receiving on 24 catches. Spiller has been virtually invisible, scoring no more than 8.6 fantasy points in a single game this season (Week 1’s 41-7 blowout of Kansas City).
Fantasy players have pleaded that Buffalo can’t possibly let a first-round, versatile talent like Spiller sit on the bench, and it looks like the Bills and coach Chan Gailey found a way to appease us.
Spiller has been moved to receiver with Donald Jones (high ankle sprain) expected to be out until the middle of next month.
That means Spiller, a RB, can now be used in that slot when he is playing as a WR. Spiller could be a perfect candidate to help you fill up a RB spot that is either on a bye, is dealing with an injury or is underperforming.
While Jackson is the top back in fantasy currently, the Bills are still a passing team at 34 pass attempts vs. 22 rush attempts per game. Spiller almost eclipsed his season totals in targets (6) he had the first five weeks with five in his first game at receiver in Week 6.
He turned it into five catches for 39 yards. In a full PPR he just gave you 8.9 in his debut at the position.
Spiller is a playmaker, and with his move to WR while still qualifying as a RB, it may be just the player you need to help you through the bye weeks.
Plus, if he is still at receiver come playoff time, the Bills play Miami (16th) and Denver (28th), currently two of the worst teams against fantasy receivers, in Weeks 15 and 16.
By Corby Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter
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