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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, 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. It is interesting to note that Spiller's guarantee was higher than Ingram's. 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 receiver as a running back. (May 8)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 25, 16, 18, 19, 22, 22, 22, 23, 23, 25, 25, 25, 25, 26, 26, 28, 28, 28, 28
Overall Redraft - 56, 34, 40, 41, 42, 43, 50, 52, 55, 60
RB Redraft PPR - 19, 8, 13, 13, 15, 15, 17, 17, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 25, 26, 26, 28, 28
Overall Redraft PPR - 44, 18, 30, 30, 31, 32, 32, 37, 37, 41, 47, 50, 55
RB Dynasty - 22, 20, 23, 28, 29, 31
Overall Dynasty - 88, 59, 71, 75

Stats and Projections

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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 14 95 * * 70 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 92 * * 75 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 115 * * 68 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 119 * * 93 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 52
RB: 24
Overall-PPR: 38
RB-PPR: 17

New Orleans Saints Team Links

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Footballguys Articles

Player Spotlight: C.J. Spiller
  Steve Holloway - June 6
The Gut Check No.333: Pivot Players
  Matt Waldman - June 5
Overvalued/Undervalued MFL10 Running Backs
  Justin Howe - April 18
How to Dominate Your League: 2-2-1 Running Back Strategy
  Ari Ingel - June 7
Early Summer MFL10 Guide
  Sigmund Bloom - June 4
Dynasty State of the Union: AFC East
  Jeff Tefertiller - May 18
Tremblay's Notebook
  Maurile Tremblay - May 11
2015 Most Significant RB Movement
  FBG Staff - May 10

Articles from around the web

Fantasy Football 2015: Buying or Selling Top Sleeper Plays
  Gary Davenport - June 27
Justifying the C.J. Spiller Hype
  Joey Cartolano - June 9
C.J. Spiller Should Be a Steal This Season in Fantasy Football PPR Leagues
  Joseph Juan - June 8
Point break, Spiller, others, to lead PPR charge at RB
  Brad Evans - June 4
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook: San Diego Chargers
  Rich Hribar - July 2
Dynasty Stock Watch
  Darin Tietgen - June 30
2015 Fantasy Football: PPR vs. Standard Scoring Values (RB Edition)
  Michael Vincent - June 30
Running Back Target Rankings
  Evan Silva - June 26
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook: Arizona Cardinals
  Rich Hribar - June 25
Is Drafting Youth Key to Fantasy Football Success?
  Aaron Watson - June 25

Latest News

Saints | C.J. Spiller a good fit in New Orleans? (Sun Jun 28, 08:52 PM) - New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller has a perfect skill-set for head coach Sean Payton's system, which relies on getting the ball to players in space, according Chris Wesseling of NFL.com. Wesseling believes Spiller is significantly more talented than RB Reggie Bush and RB Darren Sproles, who both thrived in Payton's system.

Our View: Spiller is going to be a great fit for the Saints offense. Sure, Mark Ingram will be the banger between the tackles but Spiller will be used effectively as a change-of-pace runner and receiver out of the backfield. There are Saints beat writers who feel that Spiller will get more total yardage than Ingram. His current ADP is RB16 (3.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Saints | RBs Spiller/Ingram very close in yards? (Sun Jun 21, 08:40 PM) - Mike Triplett, from ESPN.com, believes that running backs C.J. Spiller and Mark Ingram could both be close in yards from scrimmage this year. Ingram would pick up his yards mostly as a runner while Spiller would get his yardage as both a runner and receiver out of the backfield.

Our View: The more and more we read reports out of New Orleans, the more it becomes clear that Spiller is going to be more than a change-of-pace back for the Saints. If he caught 75 passes this year, we wouldn't be surprised. Spiller's going off the board at RB17 (4.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2015 Schedule

1@ Arizona Cardinals
2vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3@ Carolina Panthers
4vs Dallas Cowboys
5@ Philadelphia Eagles
6vs Atlanta Falcons
7@ Indianapolis Colts
8vs New York Giants
9vs Tennessee Titans
10@ Washington Redskins
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Houston Texans
13vs Carolina Panthers
14@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15vs Detroit Lions
16vs Jacksonville Jaguars
17@ Atlanta Falcons