The Noise isn't convinced Fred Jackson is the Buffalo back to embrace. (AP)
During the climactic scene in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," the emboldened archaeologist is placed in quite the pickle. In order to save his father from imminent death and score one of history's greatest finds, the Holy Grail, he must pick the cup of a carpenter from a vast array of jeweled chalices and goblets and drink from it. Choose wisely and eternal life will be granted. Choose poorly and instant decay occurs, mortifying a rather attractive blonde Nazi in the process.
In this age of indecipherable timeshares, fantasy owners, too, are faced with such perilous decisions.
The Buffalo backfield is one of them.
Prior to fracturing his fibula Week 11 in Miami, Fred Jackson was a runaway steam-train. Over his first eight games, he dragged tacklers, racked yards and splashed six often, becoming the centerpiece in an overachieving Bills offense. During that span, he was the trendsetter in yards after contact per attempt among RBs (3.7) and tallied a robust 6.6 yards per touch, 1,376 total yards and six touchdowns. His subsequent 17.4 points per game output in standard formats was fourth-best, one spot ahead of rush king Maurice Jones-Drew and just off Ray Rice's pace. Sadly, his value vanished instantaneously after he was placed on injured reserve November 23.
In a next-man-up league, when a door closes another one always opens. Second-year rusher C.J. Spiller, long thought to be a complementary-only sidekick by scouts and fans alike, immediately picked up the torch.
Down the homestretch, Spiller showcased the same versatility, breakaway speed and completeness he once exhibited as a do-everything back at Clemson. Most impressively, he bounced off contact, proved tough and gained hard yards between-the-tackles (5.8 ypc when running up the middle), characteristics many felt he sorely lacked. Overall, he amassed 105.5 total yards per game and five end-zone dives during the regular season's final five games. Most importantly, his off-the-hook 21.5 per game output over Weeks 15-17 basked many in championship glory.
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