I am a big believer in C.J. Spiller. In fact, I think he'll finish the year as the top-scoring running back in fantasy football.
On a week-to-week basis, there will be no bigger threat for a 30-point day than Spiller. And no touch, be it rush or reception, will be a bigger threat to go to the house than one by Spiller.
He finished seventh among running backs last year, but of everyone ranked in the top 10, he made it with easily the fewest touches (just 207 rushes and 43 catches).
He's an otherworldly talent, sporting some of the most elusive quicks the game has seen in a while. 1:05 in the video shows a frame in which the play should have been a 3 yard loss, and ends up being pretty much the biggest play of the game.
You'd question the workload before, because of Fred Jackson being there. But we know offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett wants to work his most talented player until he "throws up."
Outside of Stevie Johnson, I can't name a notable pass catcher on the Buffalo Bills roster. Even if he isn't getting 20 carries a game, I'd put my money on Spiller having the second-most receptions and targets on the squad.
Speaking of his explosiveness, let's put his averages into context. He averaged 10.7 yards per reception, which ranked 92nd in the NFL. That doesn't sound impressive, but it should be noted that most of those first 100 spots are occupied by wideouts.
10.7 is a full yard higher than Darren Sproles, and over two yards more per catch than Reggie Bush, the two backs widely considered the premier backfield receivers in fantasy. That sparkling average puts Spiller in the same class as most of the tight ends ranked in the top ten for fantasy.
And his 6.0 yards-per-carry mark is nearly historic; the only four backs in NFL history to reach that average while rushing at least 15 times per game are O.J. Simpson, Barry Sanders, Gale Sayers and Jim Brown.
We know Spiller will rush the ball at least 15 times a game this season. Maybe he won't assert himself among those legends, but he has averaged 5.4 yards per carry over his three NFL seasons.
He will be the most dangerous runner in the league and in fantasy. Book it.
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