Three and out: Bills’ Spiller not the best option

Jackson done in Buffalo: Bills RB Fred Jackson has been placed on injured reserve with a fractured fibula. Jackson had been one of the more productive fantasy backs early in the season and even though he rushed for 80-plus yards in five of his last six games, he hadn’t visited the end zone since Week 6. Enter C.J. Spiller, who likely becomes the starter. The Jets have been a middle-of-the-road team against opposing fantasy backs, and they held Jackson to 82 rushing yards in Week 9. Spiller’s ability as a pass-catcher will serve him well, but he’s still no better than a flex option in most formats. Buffalo added RB Tashard Choice off waivers, but it’s hard to imagine him being an immediate factor.

Vick, Jackson not practicing: A rough couple of weeks for the Eagles continues with QB Michael Vick (ribs) and WR DeSean Jackson (foot) missing practice Wednesday. Neither has been ruled out this week, but prepare for QB Vince Young to see another start. Even with WR Jeremy Maclin back at work, having Young under center is good news for WR Riley Cooper, who saw 12 targets last week and caught five passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. Maclin is a solid No. 2 WR option against New England, and Cooper is worth a look as a flex play in deep leagues.

Peterson still in boot: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains in a walking boot and his status against the Falcons remains uncertain. Atlanta is the third-best team versus opposing running backs, giving up just 13.22 fantasy points per game. If Peterson does suit up, he’s obviously a must-start. If it’s Toby Gerhart taking handoffs, you’ll want to check your other options first. As long as there are other choices, consider starting them. If Gerhart is your only alternative, consider flexing him.

– Marcas Grant

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