Contrary to popular belief, the C.J. Spiller hype didn’t come out of nowhere. Spiller finished as fantasy’s No. 7 running back last season, both by raw points and weekly average. That, along with his prodigious physical skill, underrated durability and the Bills’ new run-minded head coach made him an easy pick for top 4-5 overall value.
Only things didn’t go to plan. Having entered the season with a consecutive-games played streak of 37, Spiller totaled a disappointing 55 yards from scrimmage in Week 1. He improved to 117 on only 19 touches in Week 2, but things went downhill from there, as Spiller tweaked his quad in Week 3 and sprained his ankle in Week 4. The injuries coincided with Fred Jackson stinging two of the league’s best run defenses in the Jets and Ravens for 159 yards on only 23 carries (6.91 YPC). Spiller should have rested for the Bills’ Thursday night trip to Cleveland in Week 5, but instead gutted out eight carries for 66 yards, scoring a 54-yard touchdown in the process. Spiller then had 10 days to get better for Week 6, but he didn’t, looking more ragged than he did in Week 5. He still somehow managed 55 yards on 10 carries, but appeared as limited as you will ever see someone on a football field.