Spiller and Jackson to Rotate Every Two Series for Bills

Spiller and Jackson to rotate every two series for Bills

10/17/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Oct. 14, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Buffalo Bills running back (28) C.J. Spiller runs the ball in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Bills defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIREA lot of teams in the NFL these days have two very talented running backs. The Texans have Foster and Tate, the Bears have Forte and Bush, and the Panthers have Williams and Stewart. However, not many teams have two runners as close in playmaking ability as the Bills, who are forced to find ways to squeeze both CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson into their offense.

When asked about the running back situation on Monday, Spiller told reporters that he and Jackson agreed upon a system that would work for both of them - rotating every two series. "It is kind of hard when you are out there for one series," Spiller said. "You get into a flow and you come out. We thought it would be best if we did two series, so that is what we have done these last two games. We will continue to do that."

One of the more frustrating fantasy football situations seems as if it will continue to cause migraines. Both Spiller and Jackson are two of the top fantasy running backs in the NFL when they can get a full workload, but the way they feed off of each other and keep each other fresh - great for real football - is terrible for fantasy owners.

Jackson last season was on pace to finish with 1630 yards and 10.7 touchdowns before breaking his leg in the Bills' tenth game. During the six games that Spiller started in Jackson's absence, he would have been on pace to finish with 1189 yards and eight touchdowns (on only 14 carries per game). They've both proven that they can handle a full NFL workload and be tremendously effective, so the coaching staff has decided the best way to utilize them is to rotate their playing time.

What I'd like to see out of the Bills is more creative utilization of Spiller. Back in his college days at Clemson, Spiller used to line up all over the formation. He'd split out wide, get in the backfield, or set up on the wing. Spiller has a unique skill set that allows him to do a number of different things, and by using him as a traditional running back, the Bills aren't maximizing his potential. If the Bills were willing to get creative, they could find ways to have Spiller and Jackson frequently on the field at the same time. Considering their lack of depth at receiver and tight end, it's definitely worth a shot.

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Spiller is the better running back to have in fantasy. He possesses more raw talent and is ripping off an astounding 7.6 yards per carry, which leads the NFL. You never want to root for injuries, but I can understand why Spiller/Jackson owners would be tempted to do so.
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