Tashard Choice: Updated Fantasy Football Profile, Outlook After Spiller Injury

Nick KostoraContributor IIISeptember 23, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 18: Tashard Choice #30 of the Buffalo Bills rushes during their NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Bills will have to rely on Tashard Choice in the short term, with both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson currently injured.

Spiller had been excelling in relief of the injured Jackson, rushing for over 300 yards and four total touchdowns before a first-quarter injury against the Cleveland Browns.

However, that does not instantly make Choice worthy of a fantasy pickup.

The Bills have a high-powered passing attack that is more than capable of picking up the slack while their star running-back tandem battles injuries.

Still, Choice has some explosive ability out of the backfield.  Let's break down everything you need to know about the former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket.



Choice is a small and shifty back in the vein of guys like Darren Sproles and Felix Jones. At 5'10", 210 pounds, he accelerates quickly and can cut on a dime. 

Choice has seen some level of success in his five-year NFL career, with over 1100 rushing yards and nine touchdowns to his credit.

The problem is that few of those yards have come in recent years. Choice had just 152 rushing yards last season on 57 carries with three different teams.


Fantasy Outlook

The fact that C.J. Spiller was able to step in for Fred Jackson and dominate does not mean lightning will strike twice in Buffalo.

Tashard Choice is nothing more than a change-of-pace back who is capable of the occasional big play.

It is unknown how committed the Bills will be to the run game with Choice in the lineup, but it is promising to know that he can also catch passes out of the backfield.

Choice has averaged more than seven yards per reception over the course of his career and has caught over 70 passes.



C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson fantasy owners should likely go in a different direction next week at running back.

Choice has rushed for 100 yards only once in his career, and that was way back in 2009.

He does have talent, but with the Bills playing the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers in the next two weeks, big games from Choice would be shocking to say the least.

The fact that head coach Chan Gailey stated before this week's game that Jackson may return to practice this week makes Choice's potential fantasy output all the more limited.

Avoid Choice if you can.