Coming into fantasy drafts this year, C.J. Spiller was a consensus top 10 pick. Through four weeks, Spiller has netted just 230 yards on the ground and has been held without a touchdown. Now the Bills are just hoping he’ll be active for week five. The fourth year back out of Clemson missed Tuesday’s practice with an ankle injury he sustained in the 3rd quarter on Sunday vs. the Ravens. Spiller will most likely be a game time decision for Thursday’s night matchup at Cleveland. Spiller fantasy owners should follow his status closely up to Thursday night to determine whether or not to deploy the disappointing 1st round pick. While Fred Jackson recovers from a MCL sprain, fantasy owners should strongly consider giving him a start if Spiller is ruled out. Conspiracy theorists need not run their Tashard Choice opinions by me, you’d have a better chance starting Mike Alstott in the flex.
Terrelle Pryor – Fantasy football is based on assumptions, nothing else. Year-to-year, owners get hype on certain players and are let down. Well, why not jump on the bandwagon of the former Buckeyes star who you can get for nothing. Pryor is a prime example of a player where nobody knows the cap to his ceiling. Believe it or not, Pryor led the NFL in rushing entering Monday’s games in Week 1, running for 112 yards on 13 carries, good for a 8.6 avg. Owned in just 11% of Yahoo leagues and 8.4% of ESPN leagues, Pryor has the potential to put a new engine into a broken down car in Oakland.
E.J. Manuel takes on the Patriots in his NFL debut
E.J. Manuel – Leading up to his NFL debut on Sunday, Manuel has been the subject of a lot of skepticism when the Bills decided to use the 16th overall pick. As is the case with Pryor, Manuel has higher potential than other QBs in the free agent basement. If you have a legitimate top 8 QB and a solid backup (i.e. Eli Manning), it would behoove you to try and net something for your backup, as you can replace that spot with somebody like Manuel. The NFL is becoming more geared towards having a QB possessing dual-threat capabilities. Manuel might not be this year’s Russell Wilson, but just remember it’s all about futures when loading up on your bench.