Tashard Choice: Bills RB Ideal Short-Term Option for CJ Spiller's Fantasy Owners

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IISeptember 24, 2012

Sep 23, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Tashard Choice (20) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

The injury woes at running back have continued for the Buffalo Bills, but Tashard Choice is a viable option for fantasy football owners during C.J. Spiller’s brief absence.

Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News quotes Bills head coach Chan Gailey saying, “He's out for a week or two, but I don't know how extensive it is."

Spiller injured his shoulder in Buffalo’s 24-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Fantasy owners who had Spiller on their team will be scrambling for a player to fill their lineup after losing the NFL’s leading rusher to injury.

When Spiller left the game with 16 yards on four carries and two catches for 42 yards and a touchdown, Choice played a significant role for the Bills and carried the ball 20 times for 91 yards. 

Choice is in his first full season with the Bills after an injury-filled 2011 campaign in which he bounced from team to team. He began the year with the Dallas Cowboys—the team that drafted him—but was waived in late October.

The Washington Redskins were able to claim him, only to waive him less than one month later. After that, he finally landed with the Bills, and now has a chance to be a starting running back. 

Choice was a productive backup during his time in Dallas. He had an impressive four-game stretch at the end of his rookie season in which he gained 325 yards on 62 carries and scored two touchdowns.

The Bills do not have an explosive passing attack, and running the ball is an instrumental part of the offense. They will not abandon the ground attack if Spiller and Fred Jackson are unavailable for the team’s next game.

According to Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com, Jackson has not ruled out a return for the team’s Week 4 contest against the New England Patriots.

If Jackson came back, that would certainly cut into Choice’s carries. However, the Bills would likely still use both backs in order to avoid overworking Jackson.

While Spiller is out, Choice will be a significant part of Buffalo’s offense. Those who own Spiller would be smart to monitor the waiver wire and attempt to pick up Choice to complete their roster for the next couple of weeks.