C.J. Spiller vs. Broncos
The Bills' second-year tail back has had an up-and-down four weeks as the team's starter since taking over from Fred Jackson after he was lost to injury.
That said, last week's performance against the Dolphins was the kind of production that could have sent your team to the Super Bowl if you had him in the lineup, as he rolled up over 150 yards of offense and scored two touchdowns.
Finally, Chan Gailey seemed to realize that Spiller needs to be a part of the passing game, as he was targeted 12 times for nine receptions last week. This was up from an average of a mere four targets per game in his first three starts, good for an average of three receptions a game.
Why it took the coaching staff so long to use him this way is beyond me. But based on Gailey’s recent comments, it appears that we can expect this type of increased workload (in the passing game) going forward.
Look for Spiller to have another productive game, and because of a bunch of injuries to key running backs, he’s a worthy option to deliver you a quality performance, as he should touch the football 20 times.
Demaryius Thomas @ Bills
It’s fun when you start to see a young player coming of age. And former first-round pick Demaryius Thomas clearly seems to be taking his recent opportunity as a starter to heart.
Thomas has struggled with injuries in his short career, but over the past two weeks, Thomas has clearly been Tim Tebow’s favorite receiver with a total of 26 targets in that time span. After falling to the Patriots, the Broncos find themselves in a matchup that is theirs for the taking, as the Bills haven’t won a game since Week 8 against the Redskins.
Ahmad Bradshaw @ Jets
In this third game back from a foot injury, Ahmad Bradshaw put together his first start-worthy performance, even if most of his production came in garbage time.
Bradshaw did start for the Giants and had a couple of nice runs early, showing a good burst when hitting the hole; but New York was just flat on offense throughout the game, and that sapped Bradshaw’s opportunities on the ground.
Couple LeSean McCoy’s three-touchdown effort against the Jets defense last week with the fact that Eli Manning and his receivers will be facing one of the league's top pass defenses, and you should see Bradshaw touch the football up to 20 times in this game.
Simply put, this is a good week to get Bradshaw back in your lineup as a flex play.
|1||LeSean McCoy||@ Cowboys|
|2||Arian Foster||@ Colts|
|5||Reggie Bush||@ Patriots|
|6||Ryan Mathews||@ Lions|
|7||Maurice Jones-Drew (I)||@ Titans|
|8||Roddy White||@ Saints|
|9||Brandon Marshall||@ Patriots|
|10||Vincent Jackson||@ Lions|
|13||Larry Fitzgerald||@ Bengals|
|14||Julio Jones||@ Saints|
|19||Michael Bush||@ Chiefs|
|23||Felix Jones (I)||Eagles|
|24||Rashard Mendenhall (I)||Rams|
|25||Chris Johnson (I)||Jaguars|
|26||Frank Gore (I)||@ Seahawks|
|27||Adrian Peterson (I)||@ Redskins|
|32||Demaryius Thomas||@ Bills|
|33||Percy Harvin||@ Redskins|
|34||Victor Cruz||@ Jets|
|35||Beanie Wells||@ Bengals|
|39||Jeremy Maclin (I)||@ Cowboys|
|40||Michael Crabtree||@ Seahawks|
|41||Michael Turner||@ Saints|
|43||Roy Helu (I)||Vikings|
|45||Willis McGahee (I)||@ Bills|
|46||Hakeem Nicks||@ Jets|
|49||Darrius Heyward-Bey||@ Chiefs|
|50||Lance Ball||@ Bills|
|51||Ben Tate||@ Colts|
|52||Ahmad Bradshaw||@ Jets|
|56||Steven Jackson||@ Steelers|
|59||Malcom Floyd||@ Lions|
|60||Brandon Jacobs||@ Jets|
|61||Peyton Hillis (I)||@ Ravens|
|63||LeGarrette Blount||@ Panthers|
|64||Nate Washington (I)||Jaguars|
|65||Steve Johnson (I)||Broncos|
|68||Kevin Smith (I)||Chargers|
|71||Mike Tolbert||@ Lions|
|72||Toby Gerhart||@ Redskins|