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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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Summary

C. J. Spiller, like Ingram, signed a four-year free agent contract with the Saints before last season for $16 Million. His contract included slightly more signing bonus money than Ingram's. Spiller and his agent indicated that they were looking for best fit first and money second. His skill set seemed to be a perfect match for Coach Payton's offensive game plan, but his first season with the Saints was an unmitigated disaster. He had only one game with more than 4 carries and only one game with more than 5 targets. Spiller had averaged 35 receptions per year in his four seasons in Buffalo and with many expecting him to set a career high for receptions, he caught only 34 passes, slightly less than his average in Buffalo. He managed only 239 receiving yards on the season. His rushing average of 3.1 yards per rush was his career low and his receiving average of 7.0 ypc even included an 80-yard touchdown reception. Without that one outstanding play, Spiller would have averaged a paltry 4.8 yards per catch to go along with his career low rushing average. He might not have been fully healthy as he had his knee scoped in pre-season and did not return to the field until game two. Saints GM Mickey Loomis has said that injuries were responsible for Spiller's sub-par season. (May 21)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 66, 43
RB Redraft PPR - 66, 43, 49
RB Dynasty - 63, 53, 60, 61, 66

Stats and Projections

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2013 BUF 15 201 927 2 41 34 197 0 1
2014 BUF 9 77 299 0 22 19 125 1 1
2015 NO 13 36 112 0 44 34 239 2
2016 PROJ-Dodds 15 60 * * 37 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 15 45 * * 38 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 45 * * 38 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 16 57 * * 23 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 220
RB: 69
Overall-PPR: 213
RB-PPR: 68

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Latest News

Saints | New Orleans backfield taking shape (Thu Jun 16, 07:45 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram is the lead running back for the Saints, while RB Tim Hightower appears to be the backup, according to Larry Holder of The New Orleans Times-Picayune. RB C.J. Spiller holds the No. 3 spot.

Our View: Ingram has come into his own, and we think he's a borderline RB1/RB2 and we could see him tipping 1,000 yards this year. Hightower finally got back into the league after some knee issues, but will be limited to whatever Ingram doesn't pick up. That means Hightower is unlikely to have any value save as a handcuff. Spiller might be the third back but he's going to have more work than Hightower, since he brings a little more variety to the table. Consider him only as depth though, as we don't expect him to do enough to warrant more than a bye-week fill-in, and his value is around RB7.
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2016 Schedule

1vs Oakland Raiders
2@ New York Giants
3vs Atlanta Falcons
4@ San Diego Chargers
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Carolina Panthers
7@ Kansas City Chiefs
8vs Seattle Seahawks
9@ San Francisco 49ers
10vs Denver Broncos
11@ Carolina Panthers
12vs Los Angeles Rams
13vs Detroit Lions
14@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15@ Arizona Cardinals
16vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17@ Atlanta Falcons