Honestly, I didn’t think I could be any higher on Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller than I am right now. I have him as my third-ranked fantasy rusher this season, and I was pretty content with that ranking of one of my favorite players in the game today. However, recent news out of Buffalo has me salivating even more at the thought of Spiller in 2013.
The Buffalo News reported that new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett plans on giving Spiller the football … a lot. Hackett was a guest on WGR’s The Howard Simon show on Wednesday morning and informed the listeners of the team’s plans on using their burgeoning back.
“It’s real simple,” Hackett explained. “We’re going to give him the ball until he throws up. So he’s either got to tap out or throw up on the field. Let’s just put it that way.”
Myself, as well as fantasy owners everywhere, participate in a joined chant that WWE superstar Daniel Bryan would approve of:
“Yes! Yes! Yes!”
Arguably one of the only things that fantasy owners were worried about in regards to Spiller this season was usage. Last season, under Chan Gailey, Spiller would have moments where he was the workhorse, but would also see spells where he carried the football less than 10 times. In fact, he failed to see double-digit carries a head-scratching six times in 2012. A guy who tied for the league-lead in yards per carry (6.01) needs to be fed the ball at will. Hackett, as well as run-oriented head coach Doug Marrone seem to understand that, and with Spiller leading the charge, fantasy owners should be thrilled. Both Marrone and Hackett worked together at Syracuse last season, implementing a run-heavy offensive playbook. They will be running a fast-paced style of offense where Spiller will clearly be the focal point.
Stop worrying about usage and select Spiller with a top-five pick in your fantasy drafts this season. You surely won’t regret it.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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