CJ Spiller Should Be Starting for Fantasy Owners with Probable Status

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IISeptember 27, 2013

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15:  C.J. Spiller #28 of the Buffalo Bills runs for 46 yards against  the Carolina Panthers at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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With C.J. Spiller being listed as probable going against the Baltimore Ravens, the Buffalo Bills' starting running back should be in your starting lineup for fantasy football this Sunday.

After injuring his thigh in the game last week against the New York Jets, many fantasy owners were concerned. Fortunately, according to the Bills' Twitter account, Spiller is listed as probable for the game against the Ravens (Spiller is No. 28).

With Spiller likely playing this Sunday, how can you not start him?

Yes, Spiller has had a slow start. He ran 10 times for just nine yards before the injury scare against the New York Jets and has just 153 yards and zero touchdowns up to this point in the season.  

The good news is that we've seen that big-play potential already this season. In Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers, Spiller had 103 yards rushing on 16 carries.  

The better news is that we know that Spiller can put up even bigger numbers.

Keep in mind that the Bills have had to go against some of the more intimidating defensive fronts in the league, so far, with the New England Patriots, Panthers and Jets.  

Running backs aren't always going to have good games, and Spiller was no different in 2012. What Spiller can do that not a lot of running backs can, however, is have breakout games.

The fact that we haven't seen Spiller have a huge game, so far, is disappointing, but at the same time, that means he's due to have a huge game soon.

That very well could happen against the Ravens.

The Ravens' run defense looks good by the numbers, as they've allowed just under 75 yards rushing per game. However, they've also gone against two teams that weren't focused on running the ball in the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns. In fact, opposing teams have ran against the Ravens just 66 times, tied for the fifth-fewest in the NFL.

The Houston Texans were playing from behind the entire second half, but they did have success when running the ball, running for 94 yards on 4.1 yards per carry.  

With Spiller being probable, he simply has way too much upside to leave on the bench. He could put up six points, but at the same time, he has the chance to break off for 20-plus points and make you regret possibly leaving him on your bench.