Fantasy Doctor: The C.J. Spiller edition

Posted Sept. 12, 2012 @ 12:39 p.m.
Posted By The Fantasy Doctor

Every Wednesday, The Fantasy Doctor ponders fantasy-football dilemmas and prescribes advice with an eye on helping you win. Email your fantasy questions to fantasydoctor@pfwmedia.com.

Doc,

Would love to get C.J. Spiller in my lineup but not sure how. I'm in a 10-team PPR and need two RBs, two WRs, and a flex out of Frank Gore, Doug Martin, Spiller, Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson and Roddy White.

— Gregg, Raleigh, NC

There are worse problems to have, Gregg. Let's break this down, position-by-position:

At wide receiver, I'd start Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. They're elite, blue-chip wideouts. Yes, the Cardinals' QB situation is what it is, but Fitzgerald has generally put up sterling numbers no matter what over the years.

At the "flex" spot, I'd start White, who played well in Week One (6-87-0 in eight targets).

At running back, Gore (16-112-1 in Week One) is a must-start. He gave the Lions fits the last time he faced them, racking up 141 yards and a TD on just 15 carries in Week Six last season.

Now, you're down to Martin vs. Spiller for the other RB spot. Me? I'd go with Spiller. With Fred Jackson out, he's going to get the bulk of the carries, and he likely will have a role in the passing game, too. And that home-run ability!

Martin's also a nice starting option, to say the least, but I prefer the veteran backs just a little more this week.

I can start two RBs, PPR league. I have to choose between Doug Martin, Kevin Smith, C.J. Spiller and Stevan Ridley. Whom do I start?

— Ben

I would stack your options thusly: Ridley, Spiller, Martin, Smith. Ridley. Ridley had a very impressive Week One (125 rushing yards, one TD). He also was targeted three times in the passing game, catching two passes for 27 yards. Ridley's the lead back for a top offense, and I'd have a hard time benching him this week against Arizona. Spiller's an electric talent who's going to get a lot of work this week against a Chiefs defense that didn't play well in Week One. I very much like Martin as well, but you've got a nice RB depth chart here. Ridley, Spiller and Martin are all a cut above Smith this week, in my book. Smith has a very tough matchup in San Francisco.

As with many teams, I've suffered a crucial injury. I've lost my RB2 spot when Fred Jackson took that nasty knee hit and I lost out on handcuffing C.J. Spiller. Now I'm in a tough spot, but luckily, I have the No. 1 waiver pick. Only question is, do I pick up Kevin Smith or Alfred Morris to pick up the slack? Please help!!!

— Rob from NY

That's a tough one. Given that Morris got so much work in Week One (28 carries) and has been dubbed the starter in Washington, I'd probably lean toward claiming him on waivers. Of course, the Redskins' RB situation can quickly change. Smith's touches could go down once Mikel Leshoure returns from suspension in Week Three. What's more, the Lions are very much a pass-first offense.

I’m in a two-QB league with 10 teams and I have some Week Two drama on which two of my four QBs I should start. (five bonus points at 200, 300, 400 yards). I have Tony Romo, Jay Cutler, Joe Flacco and Russell Wilson. I grabbed a win in Week One with Romo at the Giants and Cutler vs. the Colts but I’m nervous that the Seattle and Green Bay defenses will have enough of an advantage at home to slow down their numbers. Do Flacco or Wilson trump them this week because of the matchups?

— Micheal

I'd stick with the quarterbacks you started in Week One. The Green Bay defense took a big step back in 2011 and didn't impress in the season opener against San Francisco. Cutler could give the Packers some trouble. While Romo has a tougher matchup this week than he did in the opener at the Giants, he's difficult to bench coming off such a fine performance. While I like Flacco, he has a challenging matchup with the Eagles in Philadelphia. The Eagles' pass rush and secondary are strong. Wilson doesn't have a particularly great matchup, and he's surrounded by the least playmaking talent of the quarterbacks on your roster. I wouldn't play him ahead of Cutler, Romo or Flacco right now.