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RB C.J. Spiller - New Orleans Saints

5-11, 196Born: 8-15-1987College: ClemsonDrafted: Round 1, pick 9

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Spiller got hurt in practice the week of August 10, tried to return, and was shut down, then had "maintenance" knee surgery on Friday, August 14. If the surgery truly was just a clean out and there are no problems in recovery, he should be ready for Week 1 with no worries in season. However if Spiller does have any problems in recovery, this could linger and cause soreness/swelling and limitations in games and practices in season.

Spiller, Jalen Saunders, and rookie Marcus Murphy could all be in the mix on kick returns.
The return job may not be settled until the end of preseason.

Summary

C. J. Spiller is a quick twitch athlete that was drafted with the ninth pick of the 2010 draft. Despite averaging 5.0 ypc rushing, catching 159 passes and totaling 4,521 yards from scrimmage and 18 TDs for the Bills, he was very inconsistent on a week to week basis and seemed to be frequently misused. Last year was Spiller's most disappointing as his opportunities were reduced and then he suffered a broken collarbone and missed seven games. In the off-season, the Bills traded for LeSean McCoy and showed no interest in resigning Spiller. The Saints signed him to a four-year $16 Million contract and Spiller and his agent indicated that they were looking for best fit first and money second. There is no doubt that Coach Payton knows how to use a player with Spiller's skills. Spiller averaged 35 receptions per year in his first four seasons and should set a career high for receptions as the Saints most productive running back receiver. Spiller injured his knee in practice on August 10th and had maintenance surgery on April 14th. He should return for the season opener if he has nt problems. (August 19)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 25, 12, 13, 15, 15, 18, 23, 24, 25, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 30, 31, 31, 32, 32, 32, 35
Overall Redraft - 50, 25, 27, 31, 33, 33, 39, 40, 51, 53, 54, 58
RB Redraft PPR - 20, 7, 12, 12, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 18, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 34
Overall Redraft PPR - 40, 17, 25, 26, 31, 32, 33, 36, 39, 40, 41, 48, 51, 51, 51, 53, 55
RB Dynasty - 19, 18, 19, 20, 23, 27, 27
Overall Dynasty - 77, 57, 70, 74

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2012 BUF 16 207 1244 6 57 43 459 2
2013 BUF 15 201 927 2 41 34 197 0 1
2014 BUF 9 77 299 0 22 19 125 1 1
2015 PROJ-Dodds 15 100 * * 67 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 15 95 * * 70 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 14 105 * * 60 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 119 * * 94 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 61
RB: 25
Overall-PPR: 56
RB-PPR: 23

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