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CJ Spiller went down with a shoulder injury in Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. He was having another big game, already picking up 16 rushing yards, 42 receiving yards, and a touchdown. While we can never assume anything involving injuries, it appeared pretty serious. After CJ Spiller landed on his shoulder, he was carted off the field. So now poses the question, who is CJ Spiller’s backup? Tashard Choice. Your probably asking “who’s that?”
Choice has been a traveler over the course of his career.He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys back in 2008, to the Redskins and now to the Bills. What you’re probably reading this for is whether or not you should pick him up. If Spiller’s injury is serious and Jackson stays out, the quick answer is yes, but don’t expect too much out of him. He has averaged just 3.3 YPC for the 2012 season and 4.3 carries over the course of his career. You can expect the Bills to become a more pass happy team with their two star Running Backs out.
Much of Choice’s value is dependent on Fred Jackson’s injury. There has been word that Jackson could potentially come back as soon as Week 4. If that is the case, then Choice will have no value regardless of whether or not CJ Spiller’s injury is serious. The only way you would pick him up is extremely deep leagues as a handcuff to Jackson, as he should get the bulk of the carries should Jackson go down again.
Remember, this is all dependent upon CJ Spiller’s injury report. Keep an eye on whether or not this injury is serious. Even though Spiller’s injury certainly looked serious, there are no guarantees in Football.
So with all of this working against him, why do I recommend picking him up? It’s really quite simple. There aren’t many guys in the NFL getting consistent carries, and Choice could be a decent Flex as he should get the bulk of the carries. The only other Running Back on the Bills roster is Johnny White, who Choice is clearly ahead of as the Bills’ #3 Running Back. If you have Spiller and are desperate for a RB following his injury, Choice isn’t a horrible Flex option. If you’re 100% solid at RB, you can ignore Choice as he likely won’t have many Spiller-esque games any time soon.
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