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:
Bills going more with Fred Jackson than CJ Spiller today. So far no Buffalo player can get in the endzone. 4 field goals is it— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 22, 2013
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:
Bills OC Nathanial Hackett said he was going to run CJ Spiller until he threw up. Now as a fantasy owner of Spiller, I'm throwing up.— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) September 22, 2013
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.