Stevie Johnson Injury: Whose Fantasy Stock Increases on Bills Offense?

Chris TrapassoAnalyst ISeptember 20, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18:  Scott Chandler #84, David Nelson #86 and  Donald Jones #19 of the Buffalo Bills celebrate Chandler's touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 38-35.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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We aren't sure the extent of Stevie Johnson's nagging groin tweak, but with him out or limited in the coming weeks, there are a few Bills players who will see an increased role on offense. 

David Nelson instantly comes to mind. He more of a slot guy, someone who can move the chains and sits down in the middle of the zone, but he's slowly becoming a favorite target of the red-hot Ryan Fitzpatrick. 

You don't need to be a former football coach to realize that Nelson's role will be increased. He caught 10 passes for 83 yards and the game-winning touchdown against Oakland in Week 2. 

He's a viable option to gain more targets, but let's dig a little deeper. 

For me, Donald Jones's fantasy stock should go up a great deal. It won't be easy placing him in that WR 3 spot because he hasn't proven much so far, but as the team's other outside receiver, Jones will be featured more if Buffalo uses Johnson sparingly. 

He has the size and speed to be successful in the Bills offense, and his stock rises almost by default at this point. 

Fitzpatrick loves to spread the ball around so don't be surprised if Jones' breakout performance is coming in the next few weeks, maybe even this Sunday against a poor Patriots secondary who could be without some of their starters. 

After Nelson and Jones, you've got to keep an eye on C.J. Spiller. 

Yes, he was a major disappointment last season, but he had his best game as a professional against the Raiders and Gailey loves splitting him out wide. 

Spiller carried the ball four times for 63 yards but more importantly, Gailey got No. 28 outside the tackles and utilized him on screen plays. 

With teams likely to load the box to stop Fred Jackson from running wild, the change of pace Spiller could finally start to make his name in the NFL