C.J. Spiller Fantasy News

Chiefs take a flier on RB C.J. Spiller

Friday, February 24, 2017, 10:28am

Terez A. Paylor - [Full Article]

The Chiefs have signed RB C.J. Spiller.

Fantasy Impact:

Spiller has bounced around the league since leaving the Bills. If he makes the team, he'll serve as depth behind Spencer Ware and Jamaal Charles.

Jets waive RB C.J. Spiller

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 5:29pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The New York Jets have waived running back/kick returner C.J. Spiller and wide receiver/kick returner Jeremy Ross.

Coach Todd Bowles says Tuesday, a day after a 41-10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, he has not yet decided how he will fill the two vacant spots on the active roster.

The Jets have also announced they signed wide receiver Darius Jennings to the practice squad.

Jets now release RB Knile Davis; sign RB C.J. Spiller

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 8:45pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

The Jets decided ditch RB Knile Davis in favor of RB C.J. Spiller, with whom they are reportedly working out a contract, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Fantasy Impact:

Apparently, New York was in talks with Spiller already but hadn't confirmed the deal completely, and wanted to make sure they didn't miss out on Davis if he cleared waivers. (Or, alternately, they used Davis as a potential bluff on Spiller accepting their contract terms.) So the Jets claimed Davis and then waived him after locking down Spiller to a deal, which will probably be processed on the NFL transaction wire Wednesday.

Sunday, October 23, 2016, 7:57pm

Seahawks Inactives
Kam Chancellor SS
Quintin Jefferson DT
Rees Odhlambo OG
Kevin Pierre-Louis OLB
Thomas Rawls RB
C.J. Spiller RB
Luke Wilson

Seahawks reportedly sign RB C.J. Spiller

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:57pm

Rand Getlin - [Full Article]

I’m told RB C.J. Spiller has agreed to terms with the #Seahawks. Great landing spot for the former first-round pick.

Related players: Christine Michael

Fantasy Impact:

With Thomas Rawls out, and C.J. Prosise still in a cast, the Seahawks are looking for a running back who can catch the ball, and Spiller fits the bill.

Saints cut RB C.J. Spiller

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 6:18pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

After being inactive for the Saints in Week 1, running back C.J. Spiller is reportedly looking for a new team.

Being a healthy scratch for the first regular season game this past Sunday was not a good sign for C.J. Spiller.

It now makes even more sense, as the New Orleans Saints have reportedly cut the back after a little over one year in the Big Easy.

Fantasy Impact:

Spiller was brought in by the Saints before the 2015 season on a four-year, $16 million deal and was mightily disappointing. He averaged just 3.1 yards per carry on 36 attempts. He also accumulated 236 yards receiving along with two touchdowns. The move shows that the Saints are confident in their depth at running back. Mark Ingram is the starter, Tim Hightower is backing him up, and Travaris Cadet did a great job in Week 1.

Saints will have decisions to make at RB

Sunday, August 14, 2016, 4:47pm

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

The New Orleans Saints are known for their high-powered passing attack. But their running back corps is the deepest it's been in years.

The Saints are six deep at the position, meaning one or more talented players are probably going to be released when the Saints get around to making cuts.

Mark Ingram is the clear bell cow. Behind him, the Saints have a variety of role players. Veterans C.J. Spiller and Travaris Cadet and emerging second-year man Marcus Murphy are competing for the satellite back role in the nickel and two-minute offense. Tim Hightower might be the best pure runner on the roster. And versatile rookie Daniel Lasco is a jack-of-all-trades type.

Fantasy Impact:

The group features a little something for everyone the story said. At this point, it's too early to say which way the Saints will go. Injury and attrition could solve the problem before final cuts. But if everything remains the same, the Saints are going to have a difficult decision to make at running back. This is only speculation on our part, but Cadet, Spiller and Murphy seem to be the same type of back and it's likely the team won't keep all three. Hightower would seem to be a lock as a reliable backup to Ingram, proving that last year.

Friday, July 29, 2016, 6:08pm

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller hardly practiced on Day 2 of training camp at The Greenbrier, but he and coach Sean Payton said there's no reason to worry.

"You're going to see that take place with a few of the other veteran guys," Payton said after Friday's practice. "He'll go again tomorrow. We're just being smart with a couple veteran guys."

Saints RB Tim Hightower 'best bet' to back up Mark Ingram

Sunday, July 17, 2016, 5:20pm

The Advocate - [Full Article]

Tim Hightower seems like the best bet to back him up. It would be hard to envision C.J. Spiller not making the team, but he needs to prove he can still be productive.

Fantasy Impact:

Given the fact that Ingram has missed 12 games over the last three years due to injury, Hightower is one of our favorite late-round attrition plays. Hightower averaged 24.0 touches for 114 yards and 1.0 TD over the final four games last year with Ingram sidelined.

Monday, July 11, 2016, 5:54pm

Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

Reggie Bush is likely to play in the NFL again this year, but not with the New Orleans Saints, coach Sean Payton said Monday while on The Rich Eisen Show.

Payton said the Saints and Bush nearly had a reunion last offseason, as the two met for dinner in Los Angeles, but the sides could not reach a deal and the Saints signed C.J. Spiller instead.

Asked if a reunion could be in the works for this off season, Payton said it was not likely.

"I don't know if our roster is going to allow for that right now," he said.

Payton cited Spiller along with Travaris Cadet and the drafting of Marcus Murphy and Daniel Lasco in recent years as reasons to not look for a Saints' reunion with Bush.

"It almost happened a year ago," Payton said. "We actually had dinner out here. It got close and never finalized itself. I'm sure he's going to play this year."

Fantasy Impact:

Bush is a free agent whose 2015 season with the San Francisco 49ers ended after an ACL tear caused by slip and fall on concrete that outlined the Rams' former playing field in St. Louis.

Saints RB C.J. Spiller still playing behind Tim Hightower

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 2:06pm

Larry Holder - [Full Article]

Pretty apparent the Saints RB rotation is Mark Ingram, Tim Hightower, and C.J. Spiller at this point.

Fantasy Impact:

Spiller may be more involved this year, but it doesn't look like he's going to take a Darren Sproles-type role in the offense. We would use Hightower as the handcuff to Ingram given the way the veteran finished the season. Hightower averaged 24.0 touches for 114 yards and 1.0 TD over the final four games last year.

Jets could deploy RB Matt Forte in the slot

Monday, May 30, 2016, 10:46am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey still is figuring out ways to deploy Matt Forte, the NFL's most prolific pass-catching back since his rookie year, 2008. When asked how Forte fits into his system, Gailey replied, "That's not the question. The question is, how do we adjust the system to fit Matt Forte?"

A good reference point might be C.J. Spiller, formerly of the Buffalo Bills. From 2011 to 2013 under Gailey, Spiller caught 115 passes. Gailey moved him around the formation, sometimes lining him up wide or in the slot. Forte has that kind of versatility.

Fantasy Impact:

Spiller caught 115 passes in three years under Gailey as a part-time player. In the 12 games that then-starter Fred Jackson missed, Spiller averaged 3.42 receptions per game. Forte may lose carries to Bilal Powell and/or Khiry Robinson, and is unlikely to score many rushing touchdowns. But if he's utilized regularly in the slot, he should be able to catch at least 50 passes, maybe more. Jets running backs caught a total of 90 balls last season under Gailey.

Drew Brees ACTIVE vs. Jags

Sunday, December 27, 2015, 2:54pm

Saints Inactives
James Anderson LB
Marques Colston WR
Dannell Ellerbe LB
Ryan Seymour G
C.J. Spiller RB
Zach Strief T
Kaleb Eulls DT

Fantasy Impact:

Drew Brees will play today after being a question mark all week. It's a nice matchup for Brees, but he likely isn't 100-percent with a foot issue.

Payton: C.J. Spiller will play 'a significant role, as will Tim Hightower'

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 12:51pm

New Orleans Saints - [Full Article]

With Mark Ingram out for the year, C.J. Spiller has a golden opportunity to see more playing time.

“We’re going to get a chance to see more now,” Sean Payton said. “I think the training camp injury set him back some, and then it’s just a matter of the confidence and the explosion off that knee. He’ll play a significant role, as will Tim Hightower and even (Marcus) Murphy.”

Hightower was released after a strong training camp, and re-signed Nov. 4. He hadn’t played prior to this season since 2011, when he suffered a knee injury and his recovery was slowed by complications.

“Through training camp, we got a chance to see him run," Payton said. “He finally got some touches in a regular-season game against Washington (11 carries, 46 yards). He’s competitive, he’s tough, he’s been in that spotlight and I think that, for him, it’s the confidence that the injury and the leg is 100 percent. I’m excited to see him play just like I am with C.J. It’ll be a good opportunity.”

Said Brees: “You hate to lose guys that mean so much to your offense, but it’s the next man up mentality and Tim Hightower is a guy that has been looking for an opportunity for a while and he will get that, and C.J. Spiller as well and then Marcus Murphy.

Fantasy Impact:

It's interesting that Brees mentioned Hightower first when discussing the situation. Hightower may serve as the team's primary ball-carrier, but Spiller should see more carries as well, and may see an increased role in the passing game if he can earn the team's trust in pass protection. It's entirely possible that he fails to do so, and Hightower takes most of Ingram's snaps and touches.

Saints likely to use a committee to replace Mark Ingram

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 11:32pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

ESPN beat writer Mike Triplett discusses the Saints' RB situation with Mark Ingram placed on season-ending injured reserve:

Veterans C.J. Spiller and Tim Hightower are next in line for the New Orleans Saints now that starting running back Mark Ingram has been placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. But it’s hard to get excited about either one of them in terms of fantasy football.

For one thing, I don't expect either guy to step into a No. 1 role like Ingram has had. But there will be a ton of snaps available.

I'd love to say this will finally provide Spiller an opportunity to play a big role with the Saints as a runner and receiver, which seemed like an exciting possibility back when he signed in March. But Spiller has barely played for the Saints, and not just because Ingram was in his way. The Saints could have used Spiller a lot more already, but his snaps have decreased as the season goes on. Spiller played only five snaps in last week’s 41-38 loss to the Panthers and has just four touches the past two weeks.

The only explanation coach Sean Payton has given is that the Saints prefer Ingram as a pass protector in passing situations. Spiller said he has never been given a specific reason, but he has never complained about his lack of touches.

Hightower, meanwhile, could replace Ingram in base packages as more of a first- and second-down type of runner -- perhaps getting some goal-line looks. So far, Hightower has just 48 yards on 12 carries since signing last month.

Fantasy Impact:

This is about what we're expecting. Spiller has more upside, but the team doesn't seem to trust him in pass protection, and that limits his snaps on passing downs (where he's most effective as a receiver). Hightower is a good pass protector so he may play more than people think.

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