Fantasy checkdown: Spiller time? 

January, 31, 2014
Jan 31
2:28
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"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."

Remember when Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett uttered those words about C.J. Spiller back in August? It seemed that it finally was time for the aging Fred Jackson to step aside so the Bills could ride their burgeoning star running back Spiller hard every week. Of course, as is often the case in fantasy football, August dreams of grandeur can quickly turn into pipe dreams during the regular season.

As it turned out, F-Jax wasn't ready to fade away and Spiller couldn't stay healthy. Spiller ended up with 927 rushing yards, 185 receiving yards and four total touchdowns, nice numbers, but far from the elite numbers expected from a first-round fantasy pick. Of course, his nagging high-ankle sprain might have played a part in that.


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