Depending on if you are in a 10 or 12 person league Spiller was likely on the wavier wire or a late draft pick in the beginning of 2012, but he wasn’t there for long. Spiller was the second RB on the Bills depth chart in 2012, but when Fred Jackson got injured during the first game of the season versus the Jets, Spiller busted onto the scene.
With only 14 attempts, C.J. Spiller managed to total up 194 yards from scrimmage and 1 TD. He averaged 12.1 rushing yards per carry versus the Jets. Yeah, for Bills fans it was a great feeling, but to fantasy players Spiller was a gem. For those people who managed to draft him late, you found the diamond in the rough – for the smaller leagues everyone put in a waiver wire for this guy. Spiller didn’t stop after the first week, the breakout season continued.
Spiller racked up 1,244 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns, he added another 459 yards receiving with 2 touchdowns. Spiller was an absolute fantasy stud. Fantasy players just expected big digits out of him each week and he didn’t let them down. Can Spiller continue his success or was he a one year wonder?
This year Spiller is going to be the starting RB, but that doesn’t guarantee success, does it? With new head coach Doug Marrone, new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, and losing Andy Levitire on the offensive line, some fantasy owners may be worried. Keep in mind Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett came from Syracuse where they ran a fast offense which ranked 24th in rushing attempts among all of Division I College Football (555 attempts). With an athlete as talented as Spiller, Marrone would be very wise to continue running the ball. Not only will Spiller be the Bills rushing weapon, Marrone has already stated he would like to get Spiller the ball 25+ times whether it be in the rushing game or receiving game.
If you review last years results and what Marrone is bringing to Buffalo, there is no doubt that Spiller is going to continue where he left off in 2012. As long as he stays healthy I would definitely think Spiller has a shot at becoming a top 5 fantasy running back. If you get a chance to draft Spiller, I highly recommend you to not miss the opportunity on this big play potential running back.