Draft Zone: 5th Ranked Running Back – Bills C.J. Spiller

The Buffalo Bills’ C.J. Spiller is the fifth-ranked running back in this year’s fantasy draft standings. With an average draft position (ADP) of six, that makes Spiller a sure-fire first-round pick in nearly every fantasy draft.

Spiller enjoyed a breakout season in 2012 after replacing the injured Fred Jackson. Spiller racked up 1,244 rushing yards and six touchdowns. He added 43 catches for 459 yards and two TDs in the passing game, too.

The former Clemson star showed he has the potential to be one of the best dual-threat running backs in the league, as he has great hands to match his speed and strength.

It seems the new Bills coaching staff took notice, too. Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett told reporters last week that Spiller would get the ball “until he throws up.” The visualization of that is a bit unseemly, but it’s great for people who have Spiller on their fantasy team.

Despite the team’s struggles in the passing game in 2012, Spiller pushed the Bills to have the sixth-best rushing offense in the league last season with 138.6 yards per game.

It seems like Spiller is going to get plenty of touches, and if he can refrain from vomiting in the process, he looks to be a top-10 RB — especially in PPR leagues. Owners should feel comfortable taking Spiller immediately after the elite, big-name backs are off the board in the first round.

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