C.J. Spiller Fantasy News

Sean Payton confirms C.J. Spiller will be ready Week 1

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 2:29pm

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Saints HC Sean Payton confirmed Adam Schefter's report that C.J. Spiller will be ready Week 1.

Fantasy Impact:

Spiller’s knee scope doesn’t really damper our optimism about Spiller having a big fantasy impact in 2015. A scope to remove loose/rough cartilage is usually a three-week injury, so Spiller should be good to go for Week 1. While New Orleans may not be an ideal landing spot in the carries department, Spiller should have a major 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 floor for Spiller. Darren Sproles twice finishee in the top 15 in a similar role. 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. For more on Spiller, Senior Editor John Paulsen lays out his case for the Saints' passing-down back.

Report: C.J. Spiller has knee surgery, will be ready Week 1

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 4:29pm

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New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this week but is expected to be back for the team's regular-season opener, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Mike Triplett.

The surgery took place Friday in Pensacola, Florida, according to the source.

The Saints visit the Arizona Cardinals in their opener Sept. 13.

Fantasy Impact:

Spiller did not play in the team's the Black & Gold scrimmage last Friday and missed camp practice Tuesday after limited work Sunday and Monday. He did not participate in the team's first preseason game against the Ravens Thursday but was reportedly present for the game. It's actually more of a relief as there was starting to be some concern around the oft-injured Spiller. He's expected to be ready for Week 1, but it's something we'll continue to monitor as camp progresses. He's ranked 14th on our PPR RB list, giving him high-end RB2 potential in those formats. We project him to lead all backs in receptions in 2015.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 6:43pm

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Running back C.J. Spiller was absent from New Orleans Saints practice again Tuesday, according to reports. Coach Sean Payton didn’t address Spiller’s status afterward.

Spiller was on the field for limited work on Sunday and Monday. But he hasn’t returned to full-team work since missing last Friday’s scrimmage. A source described Friday’s absence as a minor issue and just a "day of rest." It’s unclear if Tuesday’s absence is related to the same issue.

Either way, the Saints' new runner/receiver is looking questionable for Thursday’s preseason opener at the Baltimore Ravens.

Veteran receiver Marques Colston watched from the side Tuesday, according to reports -- which could have been a routine day of rest. He, too, might be limited in the preseason opener since the Saints typically take it easy with Colston in the preseason.

Monday, August 10, 2015, 5:33pm

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The Saints announced their first depth chart:

QB: Drew Brees, Luke McCown, Ryan Griffin, Garrett Grayson

WR: Brandin Cooks, Brandon Coleman, Willie Snead, Lance Lewis, Kyle Prater

WR: Marques Colston, Nick Toon, Seantavius Jones, Joseph Morgan, Josh Morgan, R.J. Harris, Jalen Saunders

RB: Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson, C.J. Spiller, Tim Hightower, Edwin Baker, Marcus Murphy

FB: Austin Johnson, Erik Lorig, Toben Opurum

TE: Benjamin Watson, Josh Hill, Orson Charles, Kevin Brock, Alex Smith

Fantasy Impact:

There weren't a lot of surprises according to the author, except that some of the team's younger WRs were listed ahead of veterans. But it's been pretty clear the team is going with a youth movement at the position, so Brandon Coleman, who could end up as the team's WR3, and Seantavius Jones were ahead of guys like Joseph Morgan and Josh Morgan.

Saints RB C.J. Spiller (undisclosed) misses practice

Friday, August 7, 2015, 12:57pm

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On Friday, running back C.J. Spiller was absent for unspecified reasons. Coach Sean Payton declined to elaborate, though he did indicate that Spiller’s absence was injury-related. Teams aren’t required to reveal injury information during training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

This is probably nothing to worry about until we have more information. Spiller should fill the Pierre Thomas/Darren Sproles role in the Saints' offense, which means RB2 numbers in PPR formats are likely to follow.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 2:16pm

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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

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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

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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.

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