C.J. Spiller: Updated Fantasy Profile and Analysis for Bills RB

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 14:  C.J. Spiller #28 of the Buffalo Bills scores a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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Chris TrapassoAnalyst INovember 5, 2012

C.J. Spiller's 7.2 yards-per-carry average leads Adrian Peterson by 1.5 yards for the highest average in the NFL

In fact, the Buffalo Bills running back's YPC average is greater than quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick yards-per-attempt average. 

Crazy, right? 

Yet, the supremely-talented runner received only six carries and 11 total touches in Buffalo's 21-9 road loss to the Houston Texans in Week 9. 

He accumulated 35 yards on the ground and 63 yards as a receiver. 

Spiller is on pace for a mere 156 carries and 1,124 yards this season. 

Safe to say, the former first-round pick isn't getting the ball enough on a reeling Bills team. 

 

Analysis

After such a blatant neglect toward such a talented and consistently productive player, one has to expect Chan Gailey will look to feature Spiller more prominently in Buffalo's offense during the second half of the season. 

The Bills will face some stout run defenses down the stretch, especially the Miami Dolphins (twice) and the Seattle Seahawks, but it seems like Spiller's ability to contribute will hinge on how much his head coach wants to run the football. 

Fred Jackson is the other member of Buffalo's timeshare, but he carries a pedestrian 3.7 yards-per-carry average and could see his carries scaled back in the future. 

Gailey, to a fault, loves passing the football and his spread system and Jackson will still get his touches. Due to that, it's unreasonable to expect Spiller to turn into a workhorse. 

However, it would be shocking of the Clemson alum doesn't see an expanded role for the Bills over the final eight games of the season. 

I envision closer to 20 total touches in every game as the season progresses, which in all likelihood will yield major fantasy points for Spiller owners. 

 

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