C.J. Spiller RB NO 2 months ago

Saints head coach Sean Payton said he wants to get the ball to Spiller in space, whether the running back is in the backfield or flexed out, the Saints' official website reports.

Mark Ingram is going to get most of the carries, but Pierre Thomas and Travaris Cadet -- neither of whom is still with the Saints -- both topped 50 targets last season, combining to catch 83 passes for 674 yards and two touchdowns on 106 targets. Spiller should thus have every opportunity to rank among the league's RB leaders in receptions, as his team context has vastly improved. In addition to a coaching staff that figures to appropriately utilize his skill set, Spiller should benefit from working with a better quarterback and offensive line.

C.J. Spiller RB NO 5 months ago

Spiller has reached an agreement to sign with the Saints, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Spiller will join a backfield that already includes Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson, which could make carries somewhat hard to come by. However, with Pierre Thomas recently being released, the Saints were unsurprisingly in the market for a pass-catching back. If he can put his injury issues behind him, Spiller could prove to be an upgrade on Thomas in that role, offering breakaway speed to go with the strong receiving skills. It's an interesting landing spot for Spiller, as the Saints already have a lead back in Ingram but have long made heavy use of their backfield through the air. The gap between Spiller's value in PPR and standard leagues will be significant.

C.J. Spiller RB NO 5 months ago

Spiller, about to become a free agent, appeared on the NFL Network on Tuesday and said he won't be returning to Buffalo. He also said the Bills called him and thanked him for his service following the LeSean McCoy trade, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

The Bills traded for McCoy on Tuesday afternoon and paid a high price to do so, both in terms of salary and in giving up Kiko Alonso. Spiller already seemed like he was ready to look elsewhere anyway, but given how much he'd cost to bring back into the mix, there's no way the Bills are spending that kind of additional money at the running back position.

C.J. Spiller RB NO 6 months ago

GM Doug Whaley and coach Rex Ryan have expressed a desire to keep Spiller - who will be a free agent this offseason - in the mix, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said Whaley, "We believe so and we're going to try to do our darndest to get this guy in the fold and get him back. I'm sure he's disappointed with how last year went with the injuries, but we want him to come back with us and get back to the form we know he can play at."

Spiller's value on the open market could be all over the board, as he has a fantastic skill set, yet he's coming off one horrible season in 2014 and a mildly disappointing one in 2013. Plus, running backs continue to see devaluation in free agency. Should he return to Buffalo, Ryan and new offensive coordinator Greg Roman like to run, run, run, so it'd be intriguing if Spiller was given a chance to compete for the lead back role.

C.J. Spiller RB NO 7 months ago

Spiller will head into the 2015 as a free agent for the first time in his career, BuffaloBills.com reports.

Spiller is coming off a second straight disappointing season, the most recent one marred by a collarbone injury that shut him down for seven-plus games and a poor 3.85 YPC in the rest. His 300 rushing yards and 125 receiving yards are a huge disappointment considering where he was selected in most fantasy drafts. That said, his overall skill set remains strong and he's young enough for a bounce-back campaign if ends up in the right place. That could even mean a return to Buffalo, if the money and new coaching staff fit Spiller's and his agent's plans.

C.J. Spiller RB NO 7 months ago

Spiller ran five times for 17 yards in Sunday's win over New England. He caught one of two targets for just two yards.

While it was good to see Spiller get some action in the last two games following an eight-game absence with a collarbone injury, this season was a dud, and he now seems two levels removed from his 2012 season, when he put up 1,703 yards from scrimmage with an incredible 6.01 yards per carry. We think Spiller still has it, just not in this offense. It'll be interesting to see if the Bills make a run at him now that he's about to be a free agent. The team has seen what he can do and everything suggests he's a good teammate and coachable, yet Fred Jackson might be back for yet another year and the Bills could simply decide Spiller's not worth what the market will bear. With the Bills still looking for answers on the offensive line, those in deeper leagues might be better off if he ends up elsewhere, though he may not be big enough for anyone to make him a three-down player.

C.J. Spiller RB NO 7 months ago

Seeing his first action since Week 7, Spiller (collarbone) rushed four times for an unsightly minus-4 yards during Sunday's loss to Oakland. He caught all four of his targets for 14 yards.

Spiller was used more than Boobie Dixon but much less than Fred Jackson, and as suspected, didn't see the volume to have any form of fantasy payoff in such a crucial week. He might be used a little more next week at New England, though it's clear he's still shaking off some rust and he'd be a total dart of a fantasy play given the opponent and his role working behind Jackson.

C.J. Spiller RB NO 7 months ago

Spiller (collarbone) is active for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

With some uncertainty regarding Spiller's potential workload in his return to the Bills' backfield -- with Fred Jackson and Anthony Dixon also in the mix -- he's a speculative Week 16 play, but a respectable showing Sunday on Spiller's part would put him back on the fantasy map in advance of the team's regular season finale.

C.J. Spiller RB NO 7 months ago

The Bills have officially added Spiller (collarbone) to their 53-man roster in advance of Sunday's game against the Raiders, the team's official site reports.

Spiller -- who last suited up on Oct. 19 -- is thus eligible to play this weekend and is listed as probable on the Bills' Week 16 injury report after practicing in a limited fashion Friday. Assuming he is active Sunday, there would be plenty of uncertainly with regard Spiller's potential workload in his return to the Bills' backfield mix, making him a speculative play this weekend.

C.J. Spiller RB NO 7 months ago

The Bills have submitted paperwork to the NFL to add Spiller (collarbone) back to 53-man roster, according to ESPN's Mike Rodak.

Whether this happens Friday or Saturday, it sounds like the Bills will be adding Spiller back to the mix. Coach Doug Marrone will then decide how much, if any, Week 16 action Spiller will see. If he does suit up Sunday in Oakland, he comes with a ton of warnings while playing on a team that's already using three other running backs, though it'd be good to see him receive some action this week, as he could be a possible Week 17 option for running back-desperate folk.