Fantasy Football Week 2 Pickups: C.J. Spiller, RBs Who Will Have Long-Term Value

Matt WestCorrespondent IISeptember 13, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 24:  C.J. Spiller #28 of the Buffalo Bills runs against the Denver Broncos at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Spiller had his first 100 yard rushing game in the NFL. Buffalo won 40-14.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Running backs are always commodities in fantasy leagues, and this year there are a handful of new backs making names for themselves early on.

While most people felt comfortable drafting the likes of Michael Turner and Chris Johnson fairly high up in their drafts, younger, lesser-known backs are proving that it's not always about the big name when it comes to fantasy value.

These three backs started the season under the radar, but with impressive Week 1 performances, they should be getting plucked off the waiver wire as we speak.


C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

Spiller was not exactly a no-name guy who saw no action last year, but he wasn't a player who jumped out as having high value at the position. Last year's 5.2 yards per carry were impressive (He had 561 yards on 107 carries.), as were his 269 receiving yards on 39 catches.

Heading into the season, many people assumed Fred Jackson would be getting the bulk of the carries in Buffalo and that Spiller would continue to be a complementary piece.

But with Jackson being out anywhere from three to eight weeks (via the team's official website), there is now ample time for Spiller to increase his workload. He already showed what he can do against a good defense, as he carried the ball 14 times for 169 yards to go along with two catches for 25 yards against the Jets in Week 1.

Spiller can be dynamic when put in the right situation, and I expect him to continue to impress for fantasy owners in the coming weeks.


Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

Morris is a sexy name in fantasy circles, and it's no wonder: The 23-year-old rookie from Florida Atlantic burst onto the NFL scene in fine fashion against the Saints, carrying the ball an impressive 28 times for 96 yards and two scores.

As David Sabano of pointed out, when coach Mike Shanahan has a reliable quarterback at the helm, he is wont to stick with one, feature back (see: Terrell Davis).

That could mean more carries for Morris in the coming weeks, and if Robert Griffin III can continue to play like he did in Week 1, Morris will be a lethal counterattack for a surprisingly potent Redskins offense.


Michael Bush, Chicago Bears

The Bears have a pretty formidable one-two punch in running backs Matt Fore and Bush, and with Cutler opening things up to Brandon Marhsall the way he did in Week 1, the team's ground attack could be a real asset moving forward.

Forte had a solid game Sunday, rushing for 80 yards on 16 carries, but it was his backmate who scored two touchdowns and helped a few fantasy owners who knew enough to add the short-yardage bruiser before the season.

Bush won't be handling the ball 20-plus times per game, but he will most likely continue to see the ball at the goal line, and that means a healthy dose of fantasy points.

Bush is an underrated back who could provide serious value in any league.