C.J. Spiller
RB NO (5)
2 months ago3 Comments

Spiller (leg) has looked much improved during OTAs, the Saints' official site reports. "I'd say C.J.'s health and his movement skills look noticeably different," head coach Sean Payton said. "He worked his butt off in the offseason to get the strength back in that knee where he had his injury. That has been really encouraging."

EDGE Analysis

Spiller was a disappointment, to say the least, after joining the Saints as a free agent, but arthroscopic knee surgery performed during the preseason served to put him behind the eight ball. He still managed to make his season debut in Week 2 and played in 13 straight games until he was shut down for good in the penultimate week of the regular season. However, he received no more than 26 snaps in any contest, while reaching a season-high 10 touches on two occasions, en route 36 carries for 112 yards (3.1 YPC), 34 receptions (on 44 targets) for 239 yards, and two receiving touchdowns. If his conditioning is indeed reminiscent of his tenure with the Bills, he could serve as a nice pass-catching complement to Mark Ingram in the upcoming campaign.

C.J. Spiller
RB NO (5)
6 months ago

Spiller (leg) gained 112 yards on 36 carries and 239 yards on 34 receptions in 13 games in his first season with the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

2015 was an unmitigated disaster for Spiller, as he failed to meet fantasy owners' high expectations after signing with the Saints this offseason. Rather than serving as the Saints' backfield pass-catching option, a la Reggie Bush or Darren Sproles, Spiller missed nearly all of training camp following arthroscopic knee surgery and struggled to earn playing time after he returned to health. Spiller is still under contract for another three years, but with Mark Ingram emerging as a receiver and Tim Hightower exploding back onto the NFL scene, not to mention the possible return of Khiry Robinson, Spiller will likely enter a crowded Saints' backfield in 2016.

C.J. Spiller
RB NO (5)
7 months ago

Spiller (leg) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Evan Woodbery of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Spiller's tenure with the Saints got off to a rocky start, as arthroscopic knee surgery was ordered up in the midst of the preseason slate. After missing the season opener, Spiller played in the Saints' next 13 games and even avoided the injury report after Week 2. However, he was suddenly inactive this past Sunday, and after he was placed on IR, Woodbery relayed that Spiller had difficulty regaining strength in his leg following the procedure. In the end, Spiller mustered only 36 rushes for 112 yards, 34 catches (on 44 targets) for 239 yards, and two receiving touchdowns in what could be his only campaign in New Orleans.

C.J. Spiller
RB NO (5)
7 months ago

Spiller is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Jaguars, Evan Woodbery of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

EDGE Analysis

In two games since Ingram sustained a season-ending torn rotator cuff, Spiller hasn't seen an appreciable uptick in usage, while tallying five carries for four yards and five receptions (on eight targets) for 23 yards. The Saints will likely turn to Travaris Cadet to fill Spiller's change-of-pace role behind Tim Hightower.

C.J. Spiller
RB NO (5)
7 months ago

Spiller caught two of five targets for 16 yards and added two yards on two rushes in Monday's loss to Detroit.

EDGE Analysis

First, the dynamic Spiller was supposed to add a new dimension to the Saint's at the start of the season. Then he was going to come into his own following the injury to Mark Ingram. Fantasy owners who have stuck with Spiller have regretted it more often than not. Spiller hasn't topped 50 total yards since Week 4 and is in the middle of a six-game scoreless streak. Fantasy playoffs is not the time to role the dice again, especially with a hobbled-if-not-sidelined Drew Brees.

C.J. Spiller
RB NO (5)
7 months ago2 Comments

Spiller gained two yards on three carries and secured all three of his targets for seven yards in Sunday's 24-17 victory over the Buccaneers.

EDGE Analysis

It was a disappointing performance for the six-year pro, who was expected to have a considerably more extensive role due to Mark Ingram's season-ending shoulder injury, and because backfield mate Tim Hightower was starting his first game in over four years. However, the Saints chose to roll with Hightower to the tune of 28 carries against a stalwart Bucs front seven. Meanwhile, Drew Brees primarily focused on his downfield targets when putting the ball in the air, with two receivers and tight end Ben Watson all averaging at least 10 yards per reception on the afternoon. Now that Hightower has proven his mettle in taking on a voluminous workload, it remains to be seen if New Orleans' remaining three contests will yield any significant opportunity for Spiller.

C.J. Spiller
RB NO (5)
7 months ago

With Mark Ingram (shoulder) being placed on season-ending injured reserve on Wednesday, Spiller may be line for an increased workload.

EDGE Analysis

After signing with the Saints this offseason, Spiller has been one of this season's bigger fantasy disappointments, as he has struggled to see the field, with Ingram dominating the backfield workload. Yet, with both Ingram and Khiry Robinson out for the year, Spiller could have an increased role in the Saints' final four games. That said, it's unlikely that he will be asked to carry the load alone. In fact, he may not even get get the first shot at carries, as it was actually Tim Hightower who spelled Ingram in Week 10, notching 11 carries for 46 yards, when the starter was knocked out for a time. Hightower's subsequent usage over Spiller this past Sunday further implies that he may be given the first crack to replace Ingram. While the most likely scenario is one in which both running backs see touches, a split workload would limit their respective upsides.

C.J. Spiller
RB NO (5)
8 months ago

Spiller caught one pass for no gain in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.

EDGE Analysis

Even in an up-and-down shootout, Spiller was again the invisible man, garnering only a single touch. In fact, when Ingram did take a breather, it was Tim Hightower, not Spiller, who saw the only other running back carry. It's clear the Saints' backfield belongs to Ingram, but should anything happen to him, there may not be a clear handcuff. As such, Spiller is probably left on waivers in the majority of leagues.

C.J. Spiller
RB NO (5)
8 months ago3 Comments

Spiller caught two passes on three targets for eight yards and also lost two yards on his only carry in Sunday's loss to the Texans.

EDGE Analysis

Despite falling behind early, it was Mark Ingram, not Spiller, who was once again heavily involved in the Saints' passing game. At this point, absent an Ingram injury, it appears that Spiller will simply not see enough snaps to be a serious contributor in the majority of fantasy leagues. Still, for those who are desperate, a matchup against the Panthers' stingy defense awaits in Week 13.

C.J. Spiller
RB NO (5)
8 months ago

Spiller gained 24 yards on eight carries and added another 10 yards on two receptions on two targets in Sunday's loss in Washington.

EDGE Analysis

With Mark Ingram getting dinged up in the first half (he would later return), Spiller's workload increased, and the eight carries represent a season-high. Still, even when Ingram was sidelined, Spiller was forced to split carries with Tim Hightower, who actually out-carried Spiller 11-8. While Khiry Robinson's season-ending injury gives his value a slight boost, it's becoming readily apparent that the Saints do not appear willing to give Spiller anything close to resembling a consistent workload, which severely limits his value. The Saints will be on bye in Week 11 before taking on Houston in Week 12.