C.J. Spiller Fantasy News

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 2:16pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

There's no question about job security up top for the Saints running backs. The only question is how the Saints will divide the workload between their three talented running backs.

Mark Ingram is the leading runner, with a good chance at 1,000 yards, while C.J. Spiller could catch 60-plus passes for the first time in his career and gain more than 1,000 combined rushing and receiving yards.

Khiry Robinson's touches will likely be limited. But as he proved last season when Ingram suffered a hand injury, he's more than capable of stepping up when needed.

Fantasy Impact:

Our projections for the Saints backs are pretty much right on par with what writer Mike Triplett believes. We have Ingram just under 1,000 yards and Spiller among the leaders in receptions and collecting a total of just under 1,000 yards rushing and receiving. Spiller, of course, will have his value in PPR leagues with a Darren Sproles-like role it appears. Ingram should get the early down work and proved to be able to carry the load last season.

Saints Beat: C.J. Spiller 'should catch 60-plus passes'

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 2:11pm

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Brandin Cooks should emerge as the Saints’ No. 1 receiver on deep throws and short stuff like screens and end-arounds, while C.J. Spiller should catch 60-plus passes out of the backfield in the mold of Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush.

Fantasy Impact:

We project Spiller to catch 68 passes, so this prediction falls right in line with what we're expecting from Spiller in 2015. Be sure to read Sr. Editor John Paulsen's case for Spiller in New Orleans.

Monday, July 6, 2015, 9:29am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

A year ago around this time, Khiry Robinson was a candidate to make the leap in the New Orleans Saints' backfield. Now the 25-year-old power back is buried behind Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller. While he appears to be the odd man out of the rotation, Robinson insists he's ready to make any contribution coach Sean Payton asks.

"I'm the type of person, I'm gonna get what I get and do what I do with it. So whether it's 20 carries or one carry, I'm gonna do the best of my ability every play," he told ESPN.com's Mike Triplett.

Fantasy Impact:

The third-year runner added that he's back to "100 percent" after an arm injury kept him off the field for seven games in 2014, the story said. The Saints are expected to use more of a ground attack so Robinson could see some work, but Ingram is expected to get a bulk of the carries with Spiller a pass-catcher.

C.J. Spiller should have Darren Sproles-like role

Sunday, July 5, 2015, 3:20pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Whether or not Saints RB C.J. Spiller ends up being the starter is question in and of itself, but he is going to come through with a big season.

He may not see the same type of usage on the ground, but he is going to fill a role that is very similar to the one that Darren Sproles had during his tenure with the Saints. As Robert Cobb of TheInscriberMag.com stated, Spiller’s ability to be a receiver out of the backfield is going to be a major help for the Saints’ offense.

New Orleans head coach Sean Payton loved what Sproles brought to the field, and it was obvious that they missed him last season after trading him. Signing a player like Spiller shows exactly how much the Saints wanted to bring back a player who is similar to Sproles.

Fantasy Impact:

Unfortunately, Spiller has struggled with quite a few injury issues throughout his career. He has only played an entire season as a workhorse in one of his five NFL seasons, and he was an absolute star in that season, the story said. Other than that, Spiller has been inconsistent at best or simply wasn’t used much. Spiller should help to fill a void left by TE Jimmy Graham, so Spiller's value should come in PPR leagues as Mark Ingram is expected to get a bulk of the carries. We forecast Spiller for 68 catches, the most among RBs.

Saints Beat: C.J. Spiller, Mark Ingram 'will be very close in total yards from scrimmage'

Monday, June 22, 2015, 12:35pm

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Saints beat writer Mike Triplett on the fantasy value of the team's running backs:

It's pretty close between C.J. Spiller and Mark Ingram. I'm really excited to see what Spiller will do in this offense as both a runner and receiver - mostly because you can tell that Sean Payton is really excited about the possibilities when he talks about Spiller. I think Spiller and Ingram will be very close in total yards from scrimmage - right around 1,000 yards each, with Ingram gaining almost all of those yards as a rusher and Spiller having a pretty even split between rushing and receiving yards. Spiller will get a boost in point-per-reception leagues. Ingram will probably score more TDs, though.

Fantasy Impact:

Senior Editor laid out The Case for C.J. Spiller earlier in the offseason. It's not inconceivable that Spiller posts top 5 PPR numbers a la Darren Sproles in 2011. Ingram should get his share of touches, though a healthy Khriy Robinson is a concern. Spiller would be our choice for PPR formats, with Ingram coming in higher in standard leagues.

Saints HC Sean Payton 'anxious' to use C.J. Spiller in offense

Friday, June 19, 2015, 4:09pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Saints HC Sean Payton indicated that he is experimenting with plays specifically with C.J. Spiller in mind.

"When you sign a player like that ... you are anxious to see how it fits with what you are doing and you begin to expand some things," Payton said.

Quarterback Drew Brees said he envisioned plenty of snaps for Spiller, not only because of his explosiveness, but also because at 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, he's sturdy enough to run inside and even block in pass protection, as former Saints running back Pierre Thomas did.

"He's got some of the quickness and the speed and kind of that slash element like a Sproles," Brees said of Spiller. "But he's bigger in stature like a Pierre, and so there's really not anything he can't do."

Fantasy Impact:

While New Orleans may not be an ideal landing spot in the carries department, Spiller should have a big role in the passing game with Pierre Thomas, Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills no longer on the roster. He’ll likely take over the role of Thomas, who averaged 11.6 touches in the last two seasons. Thomas finished with a top 30 PPG (PPR) in six of the last seven seasons, so that's a reasonable baseline for Spiller. New Orleans running backs caught 275 passes in the last two seasons, so there are plenty of catches to go around. In short, he has significant PPR upside in this offense, but his workload will be somewhat limited since he'll be part of a committee.

Saints Beat: RB C.J. Spiller primed for 'breakout year'

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 1:07pm

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Saints beat writer Jeff Duncan:

Word of advice: Draft C.J. Spiller on your fantasy football team. The Saints are going to get him the ball in a number of ways this season. If he can stay healthy, he could have a breakout year. It certainly won't be for lack of opportunity.

Fantasy Impact:

While New Orleans may not be an ideal landing spot in the carries department, Spiller should have a big role in the passing game with Pierre Thomas, Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills no longer on the roster. He’ll likely take over the role of Thomas, who averaged 11.6 touches in the last two seasons. Thomas finished with a top 30 PPG (PPR) in six of the last seven seasons, so that's a reasonable baseline for Spiller. New Orleans running backs caught 275 passes in the last two seasons, so there are plenty of catches to go around. In short, he has significant PPR upside in this offense, but his workload will be somewhat limited since he'll be part of a committee.

Saints 'trying to find ways' to get RB C.J. Spiller 'in those space situations'

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 12:44pm

New Orleans Saints - [Full Article]

What kind of dimension can C.J. Spiller give this team?

Saints HC Sean Payton: “He’s versatile. He has exceptional speed so he’s a threat on the perimeter. The trick each time you’re obviously getting ready to play each game is trying to find ways to get him the football in those space situations. He can run.”

Fantasy Impact:

Payton's comments go along with what he's been saying all summer. Spiller is going to be a big part of the passing attack. For more on Spiller, be sure to check out Senior Editor John Paulsen's case for Spiller.

Saints RB Mark Ingram (foot) back at practice

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 12:02am

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Mark Ingram was back in action Wednesday during the New Orleans Saints' organized team activities practice -- backing up coach Sean Payton's insistence that the running back wasn't dealing with any significant injury when he was held out of practice during parts of the past two weeks.

Payton had said Ingram was dealing with a minor foot/ankle issue but that it was mostly about being smart and cautious at this time of year.

Fantasy Impact:

Ingram averaged 19.6 touches for 85 yards and 0.69 TD per game in his 13-game season in 2014. He averaged 4.27 YPC last season after averaging 5.02 YPC in 2013. He benefited somewhat by injuries to Khiry Robinson, who could potentially eat into Ingram's 2015 workload. The team also signed C.J. Spiller to fill the Pierre Thomas/Darren Sproles role in the offense. Ingram posted the #11 PPG in PPR formats (#8 in standard). We’re expecting a step back from those numbers as the team gets Robinson and Spiller involved.

Saints RB Mark Ingram sitting out with foot issue that is 'nothing significant'

Friday, June 5, 2015, 1:42pm

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Running back Mark Ingram was once again watching from the sideline during the New Orleans Saints' second week of organized team activities (OTAs) on Thursday. But coach Sean Payton stressed that he's not dealing with anything "significant" and that the Saints are just being smart at this time of year.

Ingram was also out last Thursday with what Payton described as a minor foot/ankle issue.

“We’ve just sat him,” Payton said. “There’s nothing significant. It’s this time of the year where we’re smart about what we’re doing.”

Fantasy Impact:

Ingram averaged 19.6 touches for 85 yards and 0.69 TD per game in his 13-game season in 2014. He averaged 4.27 YPC last season after averaging 5.02 YPC in 2013. He benefited somewhat by injuries to Khiry Robinson, who could potentially eat into Ingram's 2015 workload. The team also signed C.J. Spiller to fill the Pierre Thomas/Darren Sproles role in the offense. Ingram posted the #11 PPG in PPR formats (#8 in standard), and will be drafted as a high-end RB2 in 2015 fantasy drafts, provided this foot issue doesn't linger.

Saints Beat: C.J. Spiller will out-touch Mark Ingram

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 1:31pm

Baton Rouge Advocate - [Full Article]

Saints beat writer Nick Underhill was asked to predict who would get more touches -- Mark Ingram or C.J. Spiller.

Let’s assume the Saints log 430 carries next year. I’ll give 185 to Mark Ingram, 140 to Spiller, and the rest to the other guys. Those numbers might seem conservative, but 430 carries would put New Orleans right in the middle of the league.

With the baseline set, I expect Spiller to end up with more touches. I think he’s going to be a big player in the passing game, working out of the backfield and split out as a receiver.

Look, I’ll be honest, I probably have unreasonable expectations for Spiller. I think he’s going to do big things. I’ve let my mind run wild, envisioning all the different ways a creative coach like Sean Payton could use him.

Going back to the question, I think it will be close, but I’ll give Spiller the edge in touches.

Fantasy Impact:

We have Ingram projected to carry the ball 212 times, with Spiller getting 80 carries and Robinson with 72, so we favor Ingram heavily in the running game with Robinson seeing more of a role as well. Still, Spiller is an attractive pick, especially in PPR formats. Underhill did say he had "unreasonable expectations" for Spiller, so his projections should be taken with a grain of salt. For more on Spiller, check out Senior Editor John Paulsen's recent article, The Case for C.J. Spiller in New Orleans.

Jets Beat: Expect Chris Ivory and Stevan Ridley to split carries

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 12:04pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Regarding the Jets running game, expect Chris Ivory and Stevan Ridley to share the bulk of the load. One of those two might get 20 to 30 carries more than the other guy, but it won't be a huge gap, provided both backs stay healthy all season.

Fantasy Impact:

With Chris Johnson out of the way, it looked like Ivory might be one of the more attractive middle round sleepers at his position, but the team’s decision to sign Stevan Ridley has thrown his status up in the air. He’s a career 4.7 YPC runner, and has averaged 4.4 YPC in two seasons with the Jets. It would have made more sense if the Jets had paired Ivory with a speed back/receiving threat like C.J. Spiller, but the arrival of Ridley is a concern. If the two players do indeed split carries, neither will carry much reliable fantasy value.

Projecting the touches in the Saints' backfield

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 10:02pm

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Saints beat writer Mike Triplett estimates the touches in the team's backfield:

Mark Ingram's 255 touches last year were the second most by any running back in the Sean Payton era (behind only Deuce McAllister's 274 in 2006) -- and Ingram did that in just 13 games played.

Combine that with the four-year, $16 million contract New Orleans gave Ingram this offseason, and I don't expect a dramatic drop-off in his workload in 2015. However, the Saints do have the luxury of keeping Ingram fresh if everyone stays healthy.

Assuming everyone stays healthy, I'll go with something like:

Ingram 240 touches (950-1,000 rushing yards)

C.J. Spiller 150 touches (400-plus rushing yards, 500-plus receiving yards)

Khiry Robinson 90 touches (350-400 rushing yards)

Fantasy Impact:

As Senior Editor John Paulsen broke down in The Case for C.J. Spiller, 150 touches (80 carries, 70 catches) would result in a #19 RB finish in PPR formats. Even if the the Saints give Spiller more carries (96) and fewer catches (60), Spiller's projected production would result in a #20 RB finish. Over the last two weeks, Spiller has been the 27th RB off the board in early best ball PPR drafts. Ingram has been the 15th RB taken, so if we assume 1,100 total yards, nine touchdowns and 30 receptions, he would finish with 194 FP (PPR), which happens to match his total from last season. He was the #14 RB in only 13 games played in 2014. A healthy Robinson is a concern for Ingram, however. The Saints wanted to increase Robinson's role prior to his Week 7 injury (fractured arm), so we may see more of an even split in the running game between the two backs if they both stay healthy.

Friday, April 10, 2015, 4:28pm

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

What happens to Saints RB Khiry Robinson?

Robinson will enter his third season with the Saints as third fiddle with Mark Ingram returning and C.J. Spiller signing with the Saints. The landscape looked quite different one month ago with Ingram being a potentially hot free agent and Pierre Thomas being released.

Ingram will be the clear-cut option for snatching up carries after his breakout 2014 season. Spiller is a far more capable runner in the traditional ground game than Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles the last few seasons.

This means more carries for Ingram and Spiller and less touches for Robinson. The logic entering 2014 was that we'd see more Robinson. Barring injuries, Robinson will likely find fewer opportunities.

Fantasy Impact:

Robinson will likely get some work but Ingram proved last year he can carry the load when the Saints turned to the ground game, while Spiller likely gets the Pierre Thomas, pass-catching duties.

Payton: C.J. Spiller's film is 'unbelievable,' he's the 'most explosive player on the field'

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:48pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

“His cutup is unbelievable,” Saints HC Sean Payton said of breaking down C.J. Spiller’s film with the Buffalo Bills. “And I’m not talking about last season because I think it became challenging, but you go back a couple of years and start looking at his screen reel, a sweep reel, a return reel. So when you watch his film you think of a lot of things he can do.

“He’s physical. He’s the most explosive player on the field a lot of times when you’re watching him."

Fantasy Impact:

While New Orleans may not be an ideal landing spot from a workload standpoint, Spiller should have a big role in the passing game with Pierre Thomas, Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills no longer on the roster. He’ll likely take over the role of Thomas, who averaged 11.6 touches in the last two seasons. Thomas finished with a top 30 PPG (PPR) in six of the last seven seasons, so that's a reasonable baseline for Spiller. New Orleans running backs caught 275 passes in the last two seasons, so there are plenty of catches to go around. In short, he has significant PPR upside in this offense, but his workload will be somewhat limited since he'll be part of a committee.

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