CJ Spiller: Tashard Choice Isn't Worth Fantasy Addition After Injury

David DanielsSenior Writer ISeptember 24, 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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Choosing Tashard Choice is a waste of a waiver signing.

After C.J. Spiller’s injury, fantasy football owners will sprint to their laptops to add the Buffalo Bills’ third-string halfback-turned-starter, but you shouldn't follow the crowd.

If you say no to Choice, you won’t regret it.

Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News reported head coach Chan Gailey said that Spiller didn’t break his collarbone. What's more, he expects the explosive weapon to be reloaded and ready to go sooner rather than later:

“I don't believe it's long, long term. If he misses a week, that's long for me … He's out for a week or two, but I don't know how extensive it is.”

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported Spiller will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Bills still gathering information on CJ Spiller's injured shoulder and an MRI is scheduled for Monday

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 23, 2012

However, if Gailey’s one-to-two week projection holds up, there’s no reason to pick up Choice whatsoever.

Sure, he rushed for 91 yards on Sunday on 4.6 yards a pop, but it was against the Cleveland Browns.

Over the next two weeks, Buffalo will face off against the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers.

Going into Sunday night’s action, New England boasted the fourth-best run defense in the NFL, suffocating its opponents to an average of just 62.5 yards per game. San Francisco isn’t much worse with the ninth-best run defense.

The Patriots and 49ers will present a tougher test for Choice than the 20th-ranked Browns. Buffalo’s upcoming opponents will simply overwhelm the less-than-spectacular back. Over the last two years, Choice averaged well under four yards per carry.

If you’re a Spiller owner, don’t fret. A week or two is all you’ll have to wait until he’s back running circles around opposing defenders.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.