If you followed the Buffalo Bills at all this past season, you were fully aware of the sometimes pedestrian workload that was given to superstar running back C.J. Spiller. Former head coach Chan Gailey continued to state that Spiller would be the featured back in the offense, but never kept to his word. However, despite only carrying the ball 207 times this year, which ranked 22nd in football, Spiller still managed to rush for 1,244 yards and six scores. He finished the season as the 8th ranked rusher.
Fantasy owners loved what they saw out of Spiller, but could have seen a lot more if the usage was fully there.
Expect that to change in 2013.
On Sunday morning, the Bills hired Doug Marrone as their new head coach. Ok, so he doesn’t have the appeal of a certain head coach from Oregon. However, he is a great fit for this Bills offense, and will raise Spiller’s fantasy value heading into next season. Marrone, who won two bowls during his four years at Syracuse, will do whatever it takes to win football games. The moment he comes to Buffalo, he will realize that the best way for this team to win is by using Spiller. A lot.
When Marrone was the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints from 2006-08, he grew quite fond of utilizing the pass catching ability and athleticism of tailback Reggie Bush. During this time, Bush averaged 70 catches per season with Marrone as the offensive coordinator. Wow, talk about PPR gold. Since Spiller and Bush are almost identical types of runners, I fully expect Marrone to do the same in Buffalo. Not to mention, Marrone could even possibly bring his former quarterback Ryan Nassib to Buffalo via draft, helping to implement that west coast offense even more.
Obviously Spiller is at least a top ten fantasy option heading into 2013. But with Marrone leading the way, I think he will fall into my top five.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.
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