Fred Jackson: Bills RB's Injury Will Cause CJ Spiller's Fantasy Value to Explode

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistNovember 13, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 11: Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills is helped off of the field by members of the medical staff after getting injured in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during the game on November 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Bills backfield has been a major source of frustration for fantasy owners this season. However, with Fred Jackson being ruled out for Thursday night's game due to a concussion, owners should expect C.J. Spiller to break out for good.

Even though it's been clear since near the end of last season that Spiller is a special talent with game-breaking abilities, Bills head coach Chan Gailey has remained loyal to Jackson. In last week's game, Jackson received seven more touches than Spiller.

While Jackson is a reliable running back and was a terrific find for the Bills organization after going undrafted, he shouldn't be getting more chances than a player who's averaging more than eight yards per touch this season.

It's just one of many questionable decisions made by Gailey and his coaching staff, making it no surprise the Bills are suffering through another disappointing season so far.

With Jackson out of the picture for at least a week, however, Spiller should finally get his chance to shine while receiving a full workload. He's an elite fantasy option even against a Miami Dolphins defense that ranks fifth against the run.

If the Bills would have identified Spiller as the best playmaker on their roster—which he is—before the season and treated him as such, he would be battling Arian Foster and Doug Martin atop the fantasy running back charts.

Despite getting no more than 15 carries in any game, he ranks seventh in average scoring at the position. In the first two weeks, when Jackson was battling injuries and Spiller emerged as the go-to guy, he averaged 25 fantasy points per game.

Again, why Gailey has refused to keep Spiller as the main back after seeing what he's capable of when given the opportunities is unknown, but it's the wrong decision.

Spiller's fantasy owners should hope for a monster performance on Thursday night. Not only to help their chances of winning in Week 11, but also with the hope Gailey will finally come to his senses and make him the full-time starter.

His ability to make plays in the passing game and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's love of short passes leaves little downside when it comes to Spiller. Even if the Dolphins are able to bottle up the running game, Spiller will have plenty of value, especially in PPR leagues.

It should be the start of a dominant run for Spiller. He has the potential to carry a lot of fantasy teams to championships as long as he rightly remains the starter whenever Jackson returns.