Those that are in keeper leagues and own C.J. Spiller are about to be rewarded handsomely, and if you play in an annual, re-draft league, heed this advice; Spiller is about to become a force in fantasy football.
According to new Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett when being interviewed on WGR radio, Spiller will get the ball. “Until he throws up. It’s real simple. 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.”
The fourth-year running back out of Clemson is only 26-years-old and has plenty of mileage left on his body as he has touched the ball only 494 times during his first three seasons, 250 in 2012 being his most.
The only concern that I see is that he stands at 5-11 and 200 pounds, which is on the smaller side for a running back that will be taking a pounding this year, in what we expect to be a 300+ touch campaign.
[pullquote]”Until he throws up. It’s real simple. 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.”[/pullquote]
Averaging 5.4 yards per carry during his career and being an effective runner as well as a receiver, the only thing that I can say negatively about him is that he needs to develop a better sense for the end zone.
Last season, with a career high of 8 touchdowns, 6 on the ground and 2 through the air, he is on his way. And it is pretty obvious when reading Hackett’s comments that Spiller’s contributions should go up barring injury, and that he most likely is about to take that next step.
I liken him a lot to a younger Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sense that he was always a great runner and receiver, but never did much in the end zone. But as soon as he started tallying above average touchdowns, his fantasy value soared.
While his yards per carry most likely will decrease from the 6.0 that he enjoyed in 2012, his overall statistical output should eclipse the 1,703 all-purpose yards that he accumulated and is a prime candidate to push for the stud mark of 2,000+ yards combined yards and double-digit touchdowns.
If you are sitting there at the #3 spot, especially in a PPR league, and find yourself watching Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster leave the draft pool, feel excited. As there is a good chance you are about to grab the player that may very well be the most productive fantasy player in 2013. And that my friends is Spiller.