Fantasy Football Week 4: Why C.J. Spiller Is a Must-Start (if He Plays)

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIISeptember 28, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Kyle Anderson #27 of the New England Patriots cannot stop a touchdown run by C. J. Spiller #21 of  the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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C.J. Spiller of the Buffalo Bills is the No. 1 overall fantasy running back in 2012 entering Week 4. Considering that he missed three-plus quarters in Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns and still holds a six-point advantage over the second best guy, it’s really not close.

The Houston Texans’ Arian Foster is the second guy. He’s also known as the No. 1 overall pick in many fantasy drafts this summer.

Spiller has been absolutely phenomenal through the season’s first three games, accumulating 308 rushing yards on 33 carries with three touchdowns.

That’s a lot of threes.

But Spiller also gained 114 receiving yards on seven receptions (eight targets) and a touchdown in that department, as well.

He left the game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 3 with a shoulder injury in the first quarter, and he did not return.

He has been practicing on a limited basis this week, and his status is questionable for Week 4 against the division rival New England Patriots.

Early reports suggested that Spiller may miss one or two games due to the injury (via Will Brinson of CBS Sports), so the news coming out of practice now could be gamesmanship by the Bills coaching staff.

They want the Patriots to spend time preparing for Spiller, especially if he’s not going to play.

But if he does suit up, Spiller is a must-start option for Week 4.

Backfield running mate Fred Jackson is slated to resume play for the Bills against New England, as well. He’ll be returning from a knee injury.

If both big names from the Bills backfield are available, that works in Spiller’s favor this week. They can help keep each other healthy.

Keep in mind that, despite Spiller’s huge performances this season, he has yet to receive more than 18 touches for Buffalo.

There will be room for him and Jackson.