Fred Jackson is out with hand and ankle injuries. Marshawn Lynch has injuries of his own, and has been on the trade block longer than we can remember. And C.J. Spiller? Well, he's simply living up to all the hype.
Spiller ran for a pedestrian 2.6 yards on the majority of his 10 carries in Buffalo's preseason game on Thursday, but a beautiful 31-yard scamper for a touchdown, in which he broke three tackles and zig-zagged down the field, has everyone talking.
And talk about Spiller isn't cheap.
Head coach Chan Gailey has nothing but good things, and has stated that running the ball is clearly what Spiller does best. Well, that should put all of those "Spiller in the slot" rumors to rest.
But that's not to say the Bills won't line him up on the inside. Knowing his speed, explosiveness, soft hands, and overall versatility, even the Bills know better than to limit Spiller's potential.
In an offense that has been starving for big plays and a break from predictability, the addition of Spiller was one that the franchise deemed completely necessary, and it looks like it's already paying off.
Spiller is no lock to be the starter in Week One against the Miami Dolphins, much less for the entire season, but we're liking his fantasy value with each passing day. We can't completely vouch for his role in the offense just yet, but we're going out on a limb and betting behind closed doors that he starts in Week One and never looks back.
View him as a low-end fantasy RB2 with immense upside. Check out our fantasy running back rankings, too, where he's currently slotted as the 24th best fantasy back.