NFL Fantasy: Bills backfield could get crowded

It turns that C.J. Spiller's injury was not as severe as first suspected and he could return next...

It turns that C.J. Spiller's injury was not as severe as first suspected and he could return next week when his Bills face San Francisco. (REUTERS)

DAN BILICKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:07 PM ET

There’s no need to panic C.J. Spiller owners — or is there?

After hurting his shoulder and leaving the game in Cleveland — after putting up a decent fantasy score to many owners’ delight — it was feared that he suffered a major injury.

But it turns out that the injury was not as severe as first suspected and he could return next week against San Francisco.

The problem is that Fred Jackson — whom Spiller replaced as the feature back — is practising and could even play this Sunday. The original prognosis had Jackson out for about a month with a knee ligament sprain.

To further complicate the matters at RB for the Bills, Tashard Choice looked good against the Browns in relief of Spiller.

This could mean a very crowded backfield in Buffalo in the near future.

— It was good while it lasted for Andre Brown. The Giants running back filled in admirably — and was picked up by quite a few teams — while Ahmad Bradshaw was out with neck injury. But now the starter is symptom-free and ready to go this week. At best, you can think that Brown will get the goal-line carries, but he’s not worth a start unless Bradshaw gets hurt again, which I wouldn’t bet against.

— While I wouldn’t want to start Reggie Bush this week in Arizona, a left knee injury may take that decision out of your hands. After suffering the injury Sunday against the Jets, Bush hasn’t practised yet this week. That means Daniel Thomas should be the main man, especially in goal-line situations, until Bush returns.

— What to do with Michael Vick? He has already turned the ball over nine times with six INTs and three fumbles. Now head coach Andy Reid didn’t exactly give him the best vote of confidence this week, saying he’ll “evaluate as he goes.” Unless he can turn it around, he shouldn’t be starting for you and may not be starting for the Eagles.

— I hoped nobody freaked out over Tom Brady being listed a limited participant earlier this week in practice. It’s common practice (not pun inteded) for Pats coach Bill Belichick to have guys rest a little bit, list them as questionable on the injury report and have them look 100% on gameday.

— Revis Island has been wiped off the map. Jets all-world corner Darrelle Revis is out for the season with a torn ACL. What does that mean for fantasy players? Well you no longer have to fear your top WR playing the Jets. In fact, New York’s defence has been below league average this season. So, play away.

— It looks like Stevan Ridley’s start to the season was too good to be true. After getting the vast majority of the Patriots’ carries in the first two games, Danny Woodhead came out of nowhere to lead the team with 15 carries compared to the sophomore’s 13. Also bad, both Woodhead and Brandon Bolden got goal-line carries and scored. I wouldn’t go dropping Ridley yet, but I wouldn’t feel good about starting him.

— Finally, it’s the first week of those annoying things called “byes.” Make sure to take your Steelers out of your lineup. Let’s face it, there aren’t many Colts that are populating fantasy lineups out there, although Reggie Wayne, Donald Brown and even Andrew Luck could see some fantasy love when other teams break.

 

SIT OR START

 

Start

Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS at TB

Let’s put it this way, RG3 is the overall fantasy points leader by nine points.

Start

Josh Freeman, QB, TB vs. WAS

While it might be hard to stomach a guy who passed for only 110 yards in his last game, the Skins have the second-worst pass defence so far.

Start

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN at JAC

While he did fumble for the first time in his career last week, he’s still a solid start against the Jags.

SIT

Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA at ARI

It’s a tough week for Thomas (right) to be the main man for Miami. If they were facing an average defence, he’d be a start.

SIT

Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ vs. SF

He’s a mediocre option against average teams; against the Niners he’s a must-sit.

SIT

Randy Moss, WR, SF at NYJ

He was benched during their game in Minnesota and hasn’t been figuring into their attack since scoring a touchdown back in Week 1.

Start

Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN at DET

He is becoming the Vikings’ favourite red-zone threat, scoring twice last week to bring his season total to three.

Start

Arizona Cardinals DEF vs. MIA

Ryan Tannehill on the road against this defence? Thank you for the turnovers.

 

WAIVER DEFENCE OF THE WEEK

Dallas Cowboys

It’s surprising that the Cowboys are available in many leagues after looking great on defence to start the season. They have the second-best pass defence in the league behind the Packers after looking awful last year. Their pass rush shouldn’t have a problem getting to Jay Cutler considering how porous the Bears offensive line is too.

PICK UP OF THE WEEK

Tashard Choice, RB, BUF

He looked good after C.J. Spiller went down with a shoulder injury on Sunday. Now, the Bills former third-string back should be their starter against the Patriots unless Fred Jackson makes his return from a knee injury. Choice should hold that role until either Jackson or Spiller returns from injury. Choice could be a good short-term choice at RB for you.

DROP OF THE WEEK

Beanie Wells, RB, ARI

While being placed on the IR no longer means that his season is over, it mean that you should dump Wells from your roster. He can come back to practice only after six weeks and return to the field in eight weeks. Even then, he likely won’t return to the feature role that Ryan Williams will now hold.

STAT CORNER

Michael Vick has turned the ball over nine times this season – six interceptions and three fumbles. That’s more than 30 of the 31 other teams have totalled.


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