A report from the Bills official website quotes coach Chan Gailey as saying that Marshawn Lynch will be very involved in the offense this week.
“He started last week and he’ll play a lot this week,” Gailey said. ”He ran the ball pretty good. You could tell he was rusty from last year not having played a ton and getting back into it this year. He didn’t play in the preseason as well, so he’s just now getting back into it and as most everybody knows you can never have enough quality running backs in this league.”
While that seems like a positive in term of Lynch’s value for Week 3, I still wouldn’t start him in fantasy leagues unless I really needed a running back or flex starter. After all, this is still a confusing backfield committee mess with Lynch, Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller all in the mix.
As for Spiller, he’s gone from being a preseason fantasy darling to close to unstartable in most leagues. He saw just one carry in Week 2, and his role in the offense is still unstable.
“We backed [Spiller] back a little bit this past week,” Gailey said. “He’s still going to be a dynamic player and he’s still going to make a lot of big plays for us in the future. We just need to get him going on a little slower pace than throwing him in there from the get go. He’s doing kickoff returns for us. We let him go do that and then break him in slowly on offense.”
If you sunk an early-round pick on Spiller, you simply have to grin and bear it. You certainly can’t use him, that’s for sure.
– Michael Fabiano