Fantasy owners hoping to ride Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller to a playoff victory this December will be thoroughly disappointed when No. 28 takes the field against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
Week 15's matchup in Toronto is anything but an encouraging one for Spiller. Even with fellow running back Fred Jackson expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury according to the team's official Twitter account:
#Bills RB Fred Jackson is out for the rest of the year, likely to IR, per Chan Gailey.— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 10, 2012
Although the two backs had been splitting carries, don't expect Spiller to break out with added touches this weekend.
Seattle's bruising rush defense is 10th in the NFL in fewest yards allowed per game (105.4) and is tied for sixth in fewest rushing touchdowns surrendered (seven). Also, only seven NFL defenses are holding opposing running backs to fewer fantasy points per week than the Seahawks' defensive unit.
Seattle is coming off a 58-0 shellacking of the Arizona Cardinals in Week 13, in which it held the Cards to just 43 total rushing yards on 16 carries.
And if Seattle's defensive prowess isn't enough to scare off fantasy owners, Spiller's lack of touches surely will. He has been underutilized as of late and how he responds to an increased amount of reps with Jackson out remains to be seen.
The third-year back out of Clemson had just eight touches (seven carries and one reception for 52 total yards) in Buffalo's Week 14 loss to the St. Louis Rams, inspiring these postgame comments from Spiller (courtesy of The Buffalo News' Jay Skurski):
Of course I want to touch the ball more, but there’s no need for me to sit around and mope and groan and do all that stuff. That’s high school. That’s childish. That’s not what I’m all about. Is the frustration there? Yeah, deep down inside your gut as a competitor, yeah it’s there, but there’s nothing I can about it, so I’m not going to sit around and pout.
Since breaking out during the first two weeks of the season (292 rushing yards and three touchdowns), Spiller has rushed for more than 100 yards just once in the Bills' last 11 games. Even worse, he has had just one touchdown in the team's last seven games.
Spiller's impressive averages—6.6 yards per carry and 10.4 yards per reception—will definitely make it hard for owners to sit him.
But Spiller's outlook is bleak this weekend. He's averaging just 11 carries per game this season and even if he gets an increased workload this weekend, he'll be pitted against one of the league's most formidable run-stopping crews. No number of touches will be enough for him to make a difference for fantasy owners against the Seahawks this weekend.
Owners will be lucky to get 60 yards from C.J. Spiller this in Week 15.
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