C.J. Spiller's Updated Fantasy Value After Fred Jackson's Injury

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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Jesse ReedCorrespondent INovember 12, 2016

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson exited his team's Week 7 game against the Miami Dolphins with a knee injury, opening up the door for C.J. Spiller to put up big fantasy points.

That doesn't mean he'll do it, however.  

As noted by the Bills on Twitter, Jackson went down after he caught a screen pass in the first quarter:

ESPN's James Walker provided details about what happened next. At one point trainers brought the cart out onto the field, but Jackson didn't end up needing it. He was walking around on the sideline with a "big limp," however:

Chris Brown of the Bills reported Jackson's return to the game as "questionable," but he later returned to action after taking some time to recover on the sideline and even scored a touchdown:

Spiller has been dealing with injuries of his own this season and has struggled to stay on the field. When he's healthy, however, there aren't many running backs in the league as explosive as he is—both as a runner and a receiver.

Last season, Spiller broke out with 1,244 rushing yards, 459 receiving yards and eight total touchdowns. 

Through six games this year, he has rushed for 351 yards and one touchdown, adding just 40 more yards on 11 receptions. 

He entered Sunday's game listed as probable on the team's official injury report. He missed practice on Wednesday, was limited on Thursday and finally participated fully on Friday as he was dealing with the lingering effects of an ankle injury.

In Sunday's game against Miami, Spiller totaled just seven yards. 

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates his touchdown during NFL game action against the Carolina Panthers at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty
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Right now, at least until he's healthy for a couple of weeks, Spiller is someone you should consider keeping on your bench. Jackson has been the Bills' best running back of late, and he'll continue to be heavily utilized as long as he produces.

With Spiller not quite 100 percent himself, he'll likely lose carries to both Jackson and Tashard Choice moving forward.

 

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