The Saints signed C.J. Spiller to a four-year, $16 million contract before the 2015 season. He disappointed in his first year with the team, rushing just 36 times for 112 yards and no touchdowns. He did catch 34 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns, but that wasn't anywhere close to the production that owners in PPR leagues were expecting. The Saints gave him $9 million in guaranteed money a year ago so perhaps they won't be quick to release him this preseason. If he can work his way back up the team's depth chart, there's still time for him to carve out a role in the Saints' passing game.
Spiller was listed with the fourth-team offense on the Saints' unofficial depth chart in mid-August. He's not even guaranteed a roster spot with Mark Ingram, Tim Hightower and Marcus Murphy listed ahead of him on the team's depth chart. After proving to be a fantasy and free-agent bust last season, Spiller doesn't appear any closer to a revival in New Orleans.
2016 Bottom Line
The back to own as a handcuff to Ingram is Hightower, not Spiller. Stuck behind three other backs on the Saints' depth chart, Spiller isn't a lock to make the 53-man roster in New Orleans this pre-season. He ranks as our RB51 in PPR formats and holds an ADP of 22.10 in 12-team leagues. It's best to avoid him on draft night.