Fantasy Football Emerging Names: C.J. Spiller Is Bound for Fantasy Stardom

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2012

Sept 9, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) runs for a touchdown during the first half of their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
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We may have seen the last of Fred Jackson.

Not literally, of course—he's supposed to be out at least three weeks with a knee injury, but he'll be back some time this season. But for fantasy owners, there's a new sheriff in town, and his name is C.J. Spiller.

Have you seen what Spiller has done in place of Jackson over the past two seasons? 

Since Jackson went down to an injury last November against the Dolphins, Spiller has 727 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns in seven games. In case you were wondering, that puts him at 15.8 fantasy points per game.

In Week 1 against the New York Jets, he exploded for 194 yards from scrimmage, a touchdown and 23.4 fantasy points. He did all of that on just 16 touches of the ball. 

That's the one thing that Spiller offers you that Jackson can't match. Spiller is explosive. He can help you win your league with just one long run. His speed and shiftiness make him a dangerous weapon for the Buffalo Bills.

And frankly, he probably should have been getting half the backfield touches for the Bills this year even if Jackson was healthy.

I have a feeling Spiller is going to step in and make it impossible for the Bills to do anything but start him the rest of the way. Besides, Jackson is 31 and has now suffered serious injuries in back-to-back seasons. It's probably best to limit his touches to maximize his effectiveness and health at this point anyway.

And honestly, to this point Spiller has done nothing but prove he deserves a chance to start. He's gone from a player who looked like a bust in his rookie year to a guy who made the most of his opportunities a year ago.  

So sorry, Jackson owners, but I think his running reign is over in Buffalo. Those of you wise enough to draft him as a handcuff, get ready to bust him out in Week 2. Make the appropriate team-name changes if you have to.

Here are a few freebie for the music lovers in the crowd: I'll be rolling with "The Spiller in Me." I would also accept the "Psycho Spillers."

And get excited—you have a top-10 running back on your hands. It's Spiller time, ladies and gentlemen. Fantasy owners will always remember you fondly however, Fred Jackson.


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