Heading into the 2012 fantasy football season, there’s a lot of confusion at the Buffalo Bills running back situation.
Fred Jackson was having a MVP-like season before his injury in week 11. In the nine games leading up to week 11, Jackson had over 100 all-purpose yards in every game but one and in that game he had 98. Considering this type of production, it would seem like he’d be the number one back for Buffalo headed into this upcoming season, but that may not be the case.
When Jackson left with injury, backup C.J. Spiller came in and proved why he was the ninth overall pick in 2010. He had similar performances as Jackson as he performed well in the run and in the receiving department.
This type of production from the Bills running backs provide a good situation for them, but not for fantasy owners. Coach Chan Gailey pretty much confirmed this in an interview with the Buffalo Bills website.
“I can promise you this, we will not make everybody happy,” Gailey said. “That will not happen this year. … The goal is, to come up with plans that incorporate everybody’s abilities that allow us to win. Other than that I can’t predict what’s going to happen as far as percentages for their touches.”
While both Jackson and Spiller are draftable players, this type of comment raises concerns for both of them. I wouldn’t trust either back as my RB1 this season seeing as though they will be splitting carries. They could provide a nice matchup on a week-to-week basis, but it will be hard to determine which back will end up producing on a consistent basis.
Both players will go on to have great seasons, but it’s going to be a risk for fantasy owners to determine which week to start each player.