- Tom Carpenter, Fantasy and Insider
The Buffalo Bills' backfield tandem of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller has been great for the team and bad for fantasy owners, who would rather have them lean on just one of their backs. Things likely will change by the time the 2015 campaign rolls around, because both backs are slated to become unrestricted free agents after the 2014 season.
Jackson will turn 34 prior to the '15 season, so he may only earn a short-term deal on the cheap, if the Bills opt to keep him in tow. On the other hand, Spiller will be only 27. Thus far, he's had a relatively light workload with just 729 touches in four seasons, so he may well be one of the top free-agent RB options next spring.
Spiller currently does not have an agent, so it appears contract talks with the Bills have not yet begun.
“I have not hired anyone yet. Hopefully I’ll get one pretty soon – I’m going to need one pretty soon. I’ve kind of got some guys in mind that I’m looking at,” Spiller said. “I just haven’t really had enough time to sit down and see who the best agent would be for me.”
The Bills would have the option of using the franchise tag on Spiller next offseason, but it's debatable whether they will want to commit that much of their salary cap to that position.
The bottom line here is that Spiller has every reason to stay healthy and make the most of every opportunity he receives on the field in order to boost his free-agent value for '15. That should bode well for his fantasy value.