Splitting carries with Fred Jackson, Spiller ran for 927 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games after setting season goals of 1,500 rushing yards and 15 total touchdowns. Spiller averaged 4.6 yards per carry, well below the 6.0 ypc he was aiming for.
Spiller bolted right for a 24-yard run in his team's first possession of the game, but followed with just 10 yards in his next six carries as backfield mate Fred Jackson heated up and carried most of the load.
But Spiller came on strong in the second half and finished with his fourth 100-yard performance of the season. He had 105 yards on 19 carries and added 28 yards on five receptions in the game. He ends the season with 927 yards on the ground.
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That luxury will almost certainly not be repeated against New England on the road. The Patriots powerful offense will likely force the Bills to throw the ball far more than they did against the Dolphins whether or not quarterback EJ Manuel is healthy enough to play.
Spiller is averaging 4.5 YPC this season while Jackson is at 4.3 and a bit more productive as a pass-catcher. They are both pretty strong No. 2 Fantasy options, but one always takes the risk of poor results because they share the backfield. The Patriots rank 29th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed (1,976) and 24th in average YPC (4.4). So keep either one in your lineup. Just understand that it's a risk.
Spiller rushed the ball 20 times to lead the team, though he finished behind Fred Jackson with 77 yards on the ground. He added three receptions for 26 yards, giving him just his fourth game of the season with at least 100 all-purpose yards.
Spiller has been a disappointment this season, as he has been unable to break out of his timeshare with Jackson. He enters Week 17 against the Patriots with 822 yards on the ground and 157 through the air.
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Entering that Week 7 matchup, Spiller has been limited to just 18 carries in his previous two games, as a result of an ankle injury that limited him for much of the first half of the season. He would finish that game against Miami with just 11 yards on six carries. Over his last four games, however, Spiller has received at least 11 carries in each game, as he continues to work his way past the injury.
Unfortunately, Spiller's workload is increasing right into a matchup against an improving Dolphins' defense. Though Miami still allows the 10th-most Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, only one has topped double figures over the last five games.
Spiller is still splitting carries, a scenario that makes him a risky Fantasy start against even the best matchups. Against a defense that has tightened up against the ground in recent weeks, Spiller is best used as a low-end starting option in Week 16.
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