C. J. Spiller RB BUF 3 Days3 Comments
Spiller (chest) had 15 carries for 60 rushing yards and three catches on three targets for 24 receiving yards Sunday against the Texans.
Spiller finished with more than double the carries of Fred Jackson (15 to seven), but the latter accumulated 85 total yards versus the former's 84 thanks to 52 receiving yards (six catches on seven targets). The team seems content with giving Spiller a bigger share of the rushing load, but Jackson continues to show his worth through the passing game, while also getting goal-line carries when they arise. Spiller still has plenty of fantasy value, but his touchdowns appear to be dependent on longer plays.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 3 Days2 Comments
Spiller (chest) is active Sunday at Houston, Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 reports.
Spiller has handled a decent workload this season -- 14.3 touches per game -- meaning he should fare well against a Texans defense that has given up 5.2 YPC in 2014.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 5 Days1 Comment
Spiller (chest) was able to practice on a full basis Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Houston, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.
As with teammate EJ Manuel, Spiller's status was never in doubt for this one. What is always in doubt is his week-to-week usage, and we'll continue to track his opportunities vs. Fred Jackson, and to a lesser extent Boobie Dixon.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 6 Days2 Comments
Spiller was added to the Bills' injury report Thursday as a full practice participant with a chest injury, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.
That said, coach Doug Marrone noted that there is no concern at this stage that Spiller's Week 4 status will be impacted by the issue.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 10 Days11 Comments
Spiller gained just 25 yards on 10 carries during Sunday's loss to the Chargers. He also caught all three of his targets for 37 yards.
Spiller was a monster in Week 2, but the Chargers weren't going to let that happen and he never really got much going. Fred Jackson only carried the ball six times, so that's a good development for Spiller owners, though Jackson was far more involved in the passing game, hauling in eight balls on 10 targets for 78 yards and a score. Spiller and the Bills take on the Texans next week, a defense that was chewed up by Rashad Jennings and the Giants this week.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 17 Days3 Comments
Spiller had 12 carries for 69 rushing yards and one catch on one target for nine receiving yards, and he also returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown Sunday against the Dolphins.
Head coach Doug Marrone has consistently talked about getting the ball into Spiller's hands more, which is why he was put on kickoff duties this season, but Spiller finished with the same number of carries as Fred Jackson on Sunday, with the latter turning those into 24 yards (11 of which came on a single play). It appears the two will continue to share carries, which obviously limits Spiller's fantasy upside.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 24 Days7 Comments
Spiller had 15 carries for 53 yards and caught three passes for 11 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's overtime win at Chicago.
Spiller received eight more carries than Fred Jackson, but the oldest running back in the league was more productive on a per-play basis, averaging a healthy 8.7 YPC. Jackson also saw most of the goal line work, but that's probably what most fantasy owners expected. While it's not ideal that Spiller isn't used much in the red zone, it's encouraging that he led Buffalo's backfield with 18 touches.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 28 Days14 Comments
Spiller will be the Bills' main kickoff returner to start the season in an effort to get him the ball about 20 times a game, BuffaloBills.com reports. When it comes to the risk of injury to such a valuable player, coach Doug Marrone said, "I look at it as how many guys have been injured returning the football compared to people injured with the ball being handed off to them. I don't view it as much of a risk as some people would. I could understand why people could see that because of the distance and the way people are running down the field. But again I don't look at it that way. As much as we can get our playmakers out there whether it be punt returns or kickoff returns we have to make sure we explore that."
Well, if you say you're going to find a way to get Spiller the ball more and you still want to use Fred Jackson on offense, this is one way to do it. While Spiller hasn't returned kicks in a regular season NFL game since 2011, he was a master at it at Clemson, averaging 27.7 yards per return with seven touchdowns. While kick returns aren't as potent an area since the NFL moved the kickoff line up to the 35, this news still gives Spiller a slight bump in value. And if the Bills are serious about him getting 20 touches a game - an effort that has failed before - that can only mean god things for such an athletic player.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 1 Month10 Comments
Spiller finished the preseason with 21 rushes for 73 yards and a 3.5 average. He also caught four passes for 26 yards.
Most important, Spiller came through the preseason unscathed. The Bills have a pretty crowded backfield, but Spiller is by far the most athletic and has the potential that if he plays like he did two seasons ago - he wasn't healthy last season - the Bills will finally wise up and give him most of the carries between the 20's. The team has also said they plan to use just two carriers for most of the time, meaning Spiller and Fred Jackson will carry the mail while Bryce Brown and Booby Dixon will have limited roles. The one word of caution we have here is that Spiller is simply not a touchdown guy unless he breaks a long one. He's got just 12 rushing touchdowns over his four NFL seasons, and all three of his aforementioned teammates might be more suitable for carries inside the 10.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 2 Months1 Comment
GM Doug Whaley indicated Wednesday that the Bills have not been contacted by any other teams about Spiller, the Buffalo News reports.
In reference to media speculation that the Bills may have been approached about Spiller's availability, Whaley noted "these rumors are news to me." Said speculation was presumably fueled by the fact that the running back is entering the final year of his contract and the Bills did add depth behind Spiller and Fred Jackson (Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown) this offseason.