C.J. Spiller could rest in Week 8

Spiller battling ankle injury: Well, it’s come to this for C.J. Spiller. Bills head coach Doug Marrone is considering resting the slumping running back for the team’s Week 8 contest against the Saints. Spiller has dealt with an ankle injury for the bulk of the season and hasn’t looked anything like the back that dazzled last season. It’s a frustration fantasy owners know all too well. The former Clemson star was a first-round draft pick in nearly all leagues but currently ranks 36th among fantasy backs. The silver lining is that this might be good for Spiller and his fantasy owners. Resting him takes the guesswork out of whether he should be in your lineup … and it could get him back on the good foot to being the running back you drafted.

Hillis preparing for bigger role: The New York Giants running back corps has been a roulette wheel of disappointment this season. Right now, the wheel seems to have stopped on Peyton Hillis, who says he’s preparing for a larger role in the offense. Last week, Hillis posted 81 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in place of the injured Brandon Jacobs. With Jacobs looking uncertain for Sunday’s game against the Eagles, Hillis could be in line for the bulk of the touches in Big Blue’s offense. However, it might not be the fantasy bonanza owners expect — Philly is allowing fewer than 14 fantasy points per game to running backs over the past two weeks.

Bucs hope Martin can return: The reports that Doug Martin‘s torn labrum was season-ending might have been premature. The Buccaneers have set a target date of November 11 for the running back to return. The next two weeks will be important in his rehab. If things go according to plan, that would put Martin back on the field for Tampa’s Week 10 game against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night. However, any setbacks would cause the rusher to be shut down for the rest of the season. Martin might be frustrating this season, but he’s worth hanging on to in the event that he returns this year.

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