C.J. Spiller's Fantasy Trade Value, Updated Outlook After Week 3

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 22, 2013

Sep 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) pushes off New York Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson (20) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller had nothing going on the ground in Week 3 against the New York Jets, and unfortunately the news doesn't get any better for Spiller, his fantasy owners or the Bills.

After notching 10 carries for a woeful nine yards and two fumbles, the Bills switched to Fred Jackson in the backfield and announced that Spiller suffered a knee injury and was out for the remainder of the contest:

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora noted head coach Doug Marrone's decision to go with Jackson over Spiller before the injury was announced:

Jackson has been notably more productive—seven carries for 72 yards—and quarterback EJ Manuel has gained 40 yards on the ground as of late in the third quarter.  

NFL.com's Michael Fabiano summed up how many fantasy GMs are feeling about Spiller's ineffectiveness:

Spiller underwhelmed in his 2013 debut with just 41 yards on 17 carries, but a bounce-back Week 2 performance against Carolina with 16 carries for 103 yards gave fantasy owners reason to smile.

However, he's yet to get into the end zone through three games. 

Ranked as the seventh-best running back in ESPN's fantasy football predictions, Spiller hasn't had a 2013 to remember, and Week 3 was a crystal clear indication of that. 

It's still very early in the season, but Jackson now has the hot hand and Spiller is banged up with a concerning knee injury.

Week 3 is certainly reason for Spiller fantasy owners to hit the panic button, and the injury only amplifies that.

But still, it'd be wise to wait and hear what the Bills' coaching staff has to say about their backfield and Spiller's health before assuming his season is a bust.