It’s hard to bench a running back of Spiller’s caliber, but it should be noted that the Ravens are ranked fourth in the league against the run yielding just 74.7 yards per game. Still, it’s hard to imagine that if you own Spiller you have better options on your bench or on the waiver wire. If you do have other solid options, feel free to put them in and bench Spiller.
But more than likely, you will be forced roll the dice and hope for the best — with tempered expectations.
While still on the mend from a ‘mild’ concussion (if there is such a thing), Houston’s Andre Johnson suffered more pain last week in the form of a shin bruise.
The good news is that he is expected to play. The bad news is that he is facing Richard Sherman and the Seahawks, who are ranked No. 1 in both total defense and against the pass.
Much like Spiller, it’s hard to bench Johnson. But there more options at receiver than other positions. He did not practice on Wednesday, but at least was a limited participant Thursday. He noted this week that while he suffered a deep bruise there was no bone damage.
In the right circumstance I could see keeping Johnson on the bench this week. The Seahawks have been impressive thus far, and how successful can a hobbled Johnson be against a stout defense like that? He attempted to return in the second half of last week’s game, but could not stay on the field and was removed from the game. Hopefully a week of reduced workload has helped nurse him back to semblance of health.
Denarius Moore finally came alive last week in a loss to the Broncos, catching six passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. But starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor suffered a concussion and it is still in doubt as to whether he will play this week. If Pryor can’t go, Matt Flynn will be under center against the Redskins.