C.J. Spiller Fantasy News

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6:29pm

buffalobills.com - [Full Article]

Bills RB C.J. Spiller is optimistic about how his ankle has come around since the end of the 2013 season.

“The ankle has been responding pretty well since the offseason started being able to plant and cut so I definitely feel that explosion coming back to how I was in 2012,” he said.

Fantasy Impact:

Spiller, of course, dealt with a high ankle sprain for most of last season and lacked his trademark burst and elusiveness. He turned out to be a big disappointment for where he was likely drafted in fantasy leagues. Spiller's value is down compared to last year and we have him 15th in our early season rankings.

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Fred Jackson wants to play 3-4 more years
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 2:22pm

Buffalo Bills - [Full Article]

Fred Jackson is a 32-year old running back, but he’s one of the more productive ones in NFL history at that age. It’s part of the reason why he’s convinced he can play another three or four seasons.

Appearing on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Jackson was asked how much longer he feels he can maintain his level of play in the league. Jackson believes he can and had some good reasons why.

“I want to get three or four more years in,” he said. “I confidently believe I can do that. Especially with the workload being split between [C.J. Spiller] and I. That definitely gives me the opportunity to be out here three or four more years and competing with these guys and getting this thing turned around. That’s the number one goal, getting this thing turned around and giving this city something to be excited about and that’s what I want to do before I’m out of here.”

Fantasy Impact:

We keep expecting Jackson to hit the wall and the guy just keeps grinding out productive seasons. With C.J. Spiller dealing with an ankle injury for much of the year, F-Jax finished as the #11 RB in fantasy. As long as he's around, Spiller's upside is somewhat limited.

Thursday, January 2, 2014, 11:12am

Buffalo Bills - [Full Article]

Bills RB C.J. Spiller was touted as the focal point of Buffalo’s offense heading into the first year under head coach Doug Marrone. But a high-ankle sprain suffered in Week 4 by the dynamic back played a large role in compromising those plans. As a result Spiller fell well short of his personal goals as well as his primary team goal, which was to reach the postseason for the first time in his four-year career. Walking out the door this week at the conclusion of the 2013 campaign Spiller is very clear on his role in Buffalo’s offense and optimistic about 2014.

“I don’t have any concerns or any doubts what my role will be,” said Spiller. “I think we just had an obstacle in the road when I got injured in Week 4. It kind of hindered some of the things that we were able to do with me. When you keep coming in and out of games, it’s hard to really get a guy going like that.”

Spiller said he didn’t really feel like himself until late in the season with his trademark burst and ‘cut on a dime’ elusiveness due to the ankle injury that he tried to play through as the season unfolded. Nevertheless he still led the team in rushing with 927 yards and had a 4.6 yards per carry average.

Fantasy Impact:

Spiller averaged 3.5 YPC through the first four games, but finished with a 4.6 YPC even though he played through the ankle injury the rest of the way. He will be a high risk/high reward pick in the early rounds pending the status of Fred Jackson, who doesn't hit free agency until 2015. Jackson's presence puts a cap on Spiller's upside.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 10:48am

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The Bills waived RB Tashard Choice.

Fantasy Impact:

Ronnie Wingo will back up C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. The move is somewhat surprising, though Choice hasn't exactly lit it up when given the chance to carry the ball (3.6 YPC on the season).

Monday, December 2, 2013, 10:01am

Buffalo News - [Full Article]

C.J. Spiller’s 2013 season can be summed up by his Sunday afternoon in the Rogers Centre.

The Buffalo Bills’ running back was at times ineffective, at times electrifying, and at times hurt during his team’s 34-31 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

On the Bills’ second play from scrimmage, he busted a career-long 77-yard run down to the Atlanta 6-yard line before being caught by Falcons rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant (who ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine).

Spiller said his ankle was “fine” after the game, but he was noticeably limping at times.

Fantasy Impact:

As the article pointed out, Spiller carried 15 times for a season-high 149 yards and a touchdown, but once again had to check himself out of the lineup periodically to get his left ankle looked at. Spiller was held to 3 yards or less on nine of his 15 carries, but he made amends with a pair of explosive runs that were reminders of his game-breaking ability. Spiller should be ok for Week 14 at Tampa but be sure to monitor his ankle this week. Even after a big game he'll be a bit of a risk as anything other than a flex play in what isn't a great matchup on paper.

C.J. Spiller: "I'm getting back to my old self"
Thursday, November 28, 2013, 10:57am

Buffalo Bills - [Full Article]

The weekend off did a lot of good for a lot of Bills, and that included Bills feature back C.J. Spiller, who has been trying to clear the final hurdle with a high ankle sprain since the first month of the season.

“I feel good,” said Spiller Wednesday. “I definitely feel like I’m getting back to my old self, making the cuts, making that explosion, so just looking forward to seeing how Sunday goes.

When asked to say how close to 100 percent he feels Spiller declined getting into numbers.

“I can’t give percentages,” he said. “I was commanded by my chief not to give percentages anymore, so I’ll just tell you guys that I feel good and I’m ready to rock and roll come Sunday.”

Fantasy Impact:

He has had two weeks to heal and has a terrific matchup with the Falcons who recently got torched by Bobby Rainey and Marshawn Lynch. The Bills still have issues with their offensive line, but that may not matter much this week.

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 10:23am

BuffaloBills.com - [Full Article]

The weekend off did a lot of good for a lot of Bills, and that included Bills feature back C.J. Spiller, who has been trying to clear the final hurdle with a high ankle sprain since the first month of the season.

“I feel good,” said Spiller Wednesday. “I definitely feel like I’m getting back to my old self, making the cuts, making that explosion, so just looking forward to seeing how Sunday goes.

Sunday, November 17, 2013, 9:04pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

In the midst of his worst statistical performance of the season, Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller was instructed by coach Doug Marrone to confront his offensive line during Sunday's 37-14 win against the New York Jets.

"I told [Spiller] afterwards, 'You know what? I'd be pissed, too,'" Marrone said. "But the difference between me and you, and this is what you have to do now, is go over to that group right there, and you tell them you're pissed."

Spiller rushed 13 times for 6 yards but said after the game he did not want to take his frustrations out on the offensive line.

"They [saw] that I was mad," Spiller said. "But I mean, everybody handles that situation [differently]. If I go over there and yell at my guys, y'all are going to blow it up and say [I'm] frustrated."

Fantasy Impact:

The Bills rushed 38 times Sunday against the Jets' top-ranked run defense, gaining 68 yards. Marrone pointed not only to his running backs for the performance, but also blamed the offensive line. Things get easier for Spiller. The Bills have a bye in Week 12 before facing Atlanta, Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami, New England. Only Tampa is ranked as a top-five defense in allowing fantasy points to RBs. The others are ranked 19th or higher, all good matchups.

Monday, November 4, 2013, 5:18pm

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Bills HC Doug Marrone: RB C.J. Spiller said he felt "good" after Sunday's game.

Fantasy Impact:

Good news that Spiller emerged from the week without further damage it seems, and now he's got a good matchup with the Steelers coming up. Spiller will likely still have to split time with Fred Jackson, but at least he'll be on the radar as a RB2 or flex option.

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Monday, October 28, 2013, 10:41am

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C.J. Spiller said throughout the week he wanted to play on his sprained left ankle. The only way to keep him off the field would've been for the Bills to deactivate him.

Bills coach Doug Marrone did just that, scratching Spiller for the first time in the running back's career. Spiller had played 44 straight games, the fifth-longest active streak among all running backs.

"I wasn't ready," Spiller told me outside the locker room. "It was Coach Marrone's decision. I respected that.

Fantasy Impact:

Spiller has appeared on the Bills' injury report five straight weeks and sitting him was probably should have happened long ago. Spiller has been a fantasy disappointment for what was likely a high first round pick. He's rushed for 362 yards and a 4.0 average per carry with one touchdown. He has only 14 catches for 36 yards and zero touchdowns.

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