Well, what do you know?
Here I am, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, writing about none other than C.J. Spiller.
For the first few weeks, fantasy owners everywhere have been panicking over Spiller’s less-than-impressive stat line thus far. A guy who has been coming off the board as high as second overall in drafts this summer, Spiller hasn’t produced like a top fantasy running back as of late. Through his first three contests, Spiller just 3.6 yards per carry with no touchdowns, and from personally watching the games, Buffalo hasn’t drawn nearly enough plays to get the electric back out in space. Because of his struggles, Spiller’s value hasn’t been of market price, which presented owners the opportunity to buy him on the cheap. If you did so, you’ll be glad because it’s only a matter of time before Spiller absolutely explodes onto the scene.
Prior to Sunday’s matchup between the Ravens, many Spiller owners were very hesitant to start the back. The Ravens were allowing the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing runners, and only 3.4 yards per carry. Plus, after coming off of a minor thigh injury, the workload was a bit of a mystery. However, Spiller looked much, much better right out of the gate. His first carry of the game went of 10 yards, and at the half, was averaging an impressive five yards per carry against a very stout Baltimore run defense. On the day, Spiller finished with 77 total yards, but the important number? How about 23, as in the number of carries Spiller accumulated in this contest. Many were worried about the presence of Fred Jackson, who has looked strong this season, but clearly, both head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett fully realize who their best offensive player is. Spiller did limp off the field for a minute, but went right back out there periodically alongside Jackson. It is a tad bit alarming seeing Spiller banged up in two consecutive weeks, but he is a tough cookie, and despite what critics believe, he can handle every-down work in this league.
Hackett and company will continue to dial up plays that will get Spiller out in space, and as he becomes more of a factor in the passing game, the more valuable he will be. If you can, continue looking to buy low on him.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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