In Buffalo’s opening game of the 2013 season against the New England Patriots, though, backup RB Fred Jackson ironically had a much more productive game than Spiller. FredEx ran the ball 13 times for 67 yards and added four receptions for 41 yards. He averaged a very impressive 5.2 yards per carry and quickly made people realize that this isn’t just Spiller’s job. Jackson will continue to be the team’s tough yardage back and get between 10-13 carries per contest.
Spiller ran the ball 17 times for a very disappointing 41 yards. He also added five receptions, but he only tallied 14 yards for an average of 2.8 yards per reception. Needless to say, it wasn’t the 200 yards and two touchdowns the fantasy world was expecting Spiller to average each week.
Spiller even lost a fumble that eventually resulted into a New England touchdown. The former first round pick didn’t secure the ball and it was perhaps one of the softest fumbles in recent years. If Spiller wants to touch the ball 350 times this fall, this was not an ideal start.
Spiller is obviously the better back in Buffalo and Jackson will likely end up on IR at some point this year, but nonetheless the veteran will still get more carries than fantasy owners expected in 2013. If you own Spiller, I think it is time to consider adding Jackson as a handcuff.