C.J. Spiller's Instant Fantasy Reaction Heading into 2013 Fantasy Playoffs

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistDecember 1, 2013

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: C.J. Spiller #28 of the Buffalo Bills carries the ball during NFL game action against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 17, 2013 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Now this is the C.J. Spiller everybody drooled over before the NFL season began.

The Buffalo Bills running back has certainly not lived up to his first-round price tag, but he at least offered a consolation prize to dejected owners with a prolific Week 13 outing. Spiller produced 149 rushing yards (including a 77-yard rush) and a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons.

That now gives Spiller a whopping two touchdowns on the season, six fewer than teammate Fred Jackson. His great has been outstanding, but his bad has been devastating. He has finished with fewer than 25 rushing yards four times already this season.

His maddening inconsistency makes him an infuriating fantasy play, but his elusive speed and big-play prowess make him too talented to bench.

If he (and your team) can make it past a murky matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two friendly matchups await with fantasy championships hanging in the balance. Prior to Week 13, both the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins ranked in the bottom 10 of points allowed to opposing running backs.

There's a chance Spiller lets you down, but there's also a chance he records 150 yards and you hate yourself for sitting him. This may be stubbornly compounding past mistakes, but let's hope Spiller can make up for lost time during the fantasy playoffs.