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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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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 28): Give Spiller one more week on the fast track at home, but know that his outlook in this offense is very cloudy. Unless we see a clear effort to get him 8-10 touches in space, it might be time to move on from Spiller soon.

General News (Tue Sep 29): is completely healthy and the team needs to have him touch the ball more often, according to head coach Sean Payton.

Week 4: vs Dallas Cowboys

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Even though the Saints didn't pile up rushing yards at Carolina, they did punch in two rushing scores during the game - Mark Ingram was one yard short of 100 yards combined, with 14/50/1 rushing and 5/49/0 receiving, while Khiry Robinson posted 7/12/1 rushing and 2/8/0 receiving. C.J. Spiller continues to disappoint (1/4/0 rushing with 2/22/0 receiving in a limited role) but the Saints' running back stable is productive as a whole. The Dallas rush D was shredded by Atlanta last week (30/141/3 rushing by Devonta Freeman). Through two games the Cowboys had given up an average of 53 yards rushing per contest and they squashed the Eagles two weeks ago (17/7/0 rushing allowed) but in that Week Three game they got pushed around. The Cowboys are back on their heels in this phase of the game, but the Saints' offense isn't exactly a juggernaut this year - we think Dallas should get back in form against the Saints on Sunday Night Football.

Recent Stats and Projections

2 vs TB 7 3 7 0 1 1 19 0 0 2.6
3 at CAR 16 1 4 0 2 2 22 0 0 2.6
4 vs DAL PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * 4 * * * *
4 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * 2 * * * *
4 vs DAL PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 3 vs CAR (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Spiller's first of three offensive touches came on the opening play of the game, a three yard hitch from the right boundary. His next touch, and only rush, didn't come until the beginning of the fourth quarter with an inside handoff for four yards. His third and final touch of the day was a well-designed wheel route out of the backfield against Thomas Davis for 19 yards down to the Carolina two. Coach Sean Payton said Monday that he needs to find more ways to get Spiller involved, but until that happens, it's hard to trust the multi-purpose weapon for fantasy purposes.

2015 Week 2 vs TB (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)

Spiller's inaugural touch of the season occurred on a wheel route up the left sideline in which the free-agent acquisition caught the ball five yards past the line of scrimmage and ran after the catch for a gain of 19. Spiller received an inside handoff two plays later that ended with him bouncing into the line for no gain. On the next drive, Spiller again ran directly into his offensive line and failed to break through the line of scrimmage. Spiller's final touch of his spot duty came early in the fourth quarter on a pitch off right tackle that picked up seven yards en route to a first-and-goal. He is sure to be more involved as the season goes on, as the Saints need as many playmakers as possible.


Latest News

Saints | C.J. Spiller will be more involved (Mon Sep 28, 03:14 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller is completely healthy and the team needs to have him touch the ball more often, according to head coach Sean Payton.

Our View: The Saints use of Spiller has been rather curious to this point. He played only 16 snaps against the Panthers on Sunday, finishing with one carry for four yards and two catches for 22 yards. It's good to hear that the Saints want to use him more, but we'll believe it when we see it.
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Saints | C.J. Spiller not involved (Sun Sep 27, 07:56 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller had one carry for four yards and two catches for 22 yards in a 27-22 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 3.

Our View: Spiller is almost droppable in this very limited Saints offense. The dink and dunk passing attack didn't even feature Spiller. Give him another week on a fast track at home against a Dallas defense that let Devonta Freeman loose, but be worried.
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Saints | New Orleans run game lacking (Wed Sep 23, 01:41 PM) - The New Orleans Saints running game is talented with RBs Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller and Khiry Robinson, but they currently rank in the bottom fourth of the league in rushing yards per game (79) and yards per carry (3.36).

Our View: The Saints are not threatening defenses with the passing game, and defenses are jamming the box to slow down their backs. Ingram is the lead back, but he's only generated 50 yards after contact in two games.
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Saints | C.J. Spiller struggles in debut (Sun Sep 20, 09:14 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller had three carries for seven yards and one catch for 17 yards in a 26-19 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2.

Our View: Spiller was a very small part of the offense, an offense that didn't look very dangerous against a Bucs defense that Marcus Mariota owned in Week 1.
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Saints | C.J. Spiller in uniform for Week 2 (Sun Sep 20, 11:36 AM) - New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller (knee) is officially active for the Week 2 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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6vs Atlanta Falcons
7@ Indianapolis Colts
8vs New York Giants
9vs Tennessee Titans
10@ Washington Redskins
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12@ Houston Texans
13vs Carolina Panthers
14@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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