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RB C.J. Spiller - Buffalo Bills

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Spiller had a dud of a fantasy game, but he showed the trademark acceleration to break a 100+ yard kick return, and also had a 47-yard run. Spiller still has a high weekly ceiling, although his floor has is a little low for an RB2. Still, with Sammy Watkins invigorating the passing game, Spiller on the whole is just as good of an investment as he was entering Week 2.

Week 3: vs San Diego Chargers

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 at CHI 15 53 0 3 3 11 1 0
2 vs MIA 12 69 0 1 1 9 0 0
3 vs SD PROJ-Dodds 12 * * 2 * * *
3 vs SD PROJ-Tremblay 15 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs CHI (15 / 53 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 11 / 1 rec)

With Spiller owners wondering where this usage was in 2013, it was quite evident Spiller was the Bills lead back on Sunday as he received more than twice as many carries as Fred Jackson and got one red zone touch that was promptly turned into a touchdown. Spiller struggled to find much space throughout the game, but more importantly showed the coaches he is both willing to attack between the tackles and accept the three-yard gain as compared to bouncing everything outside. Of his 15 carries, Spiller gained positive yards on 13 of them and still showed that intoxicating burst on his long of 13 yards. Working off the left side in overtime, Spiller took the handoff from Manuel on the read-option and finally found some space and the edge. Jared Allen lost contain and once he hit that edge, Spiller took off and went untouched until he was pushed out of bounds 13 yards later. Doing his best Fred Jackson impersonation, Spiller even found a crease where none appeared. Running between RG Erik Pears and RT Seantrel Henderson, Spiller slipped through a tiny crack and mess of bodies for 11 yards. Of course, Spiller's most impactful play came in the receiving game. A perfectly designed play, Spiller leaked out of the backfield on a fake misdirection to FB Frank Summers. Manuel easily hit the uncovered Spiller in the flat and the Chicago defense stood no shot. Spiller fired up the jets and was in the end zone mere milliseconds later.

2014 Week 2 vs MIA (12 / 69 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Bottled up the majority of the day, CJ Spiller really made his hay on two plays. With the Dolphins cutting what was a 13-point deficit into 6 in the third quarter, Spiller took the ensuing kickoff two yards deep in the end zone and mere seconds later had immediately returned momentum to the Bills. Void of ankle-shattering cuts, Spiller's kick return was an exhibition in perfect blocking and pure, unadulterated speed. Spiller wasted little time getting to top gear and never needed to slow down as the back line created a massive seam to run through. Only a slight graze on the shoulder pad at first contact, Spiller really showed his returning chops as he perfectly set up Caleb Sturgis using ideal spacing. Spiller gave the slightest of leans inside and Sturgis' angle was shot. The former Tiger used that created space along the sideline to straighten out and easily outrun everyone to the end zone. A savage in space, Spiller found plenty again on the drive following his kickoff return touchdown. EJ Manuel struggled with the snap, but was able to get just enough control to get it to his running back as he ran off the right edge. Spiller again found the blocking fortuitous as right tackle Seantrel Henderson guided Cameron Wake well wide and provided a massive cut back lane in the process. Spiller slipped through the hole and was unthreatened until another cut took Brent Grimes' feet out from under him. Jimmy Wilson was finally able to get Spiller out of bounds, but not before he chewed up 47 yards and took the Buffalo offense inside the red zone.

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Latest News

Bills | C.J. Spiller receives most carries (Tue Sep 9, 08:32 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller received a team-high 15 carries in Week 1. He finished with 15 carries for 53 yards and had three catches for 11 yards.

Our View: Spiller will continue to be featured along with Fred Jackson when the Bills run the ball. He's an explosive playmaker who is a threat to score any time he touches the ball. Fantasy owners should consider him a RB2 or flex play every week.
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Bills | C.J. Spiller to return kicks (Thu Sep 4, 10:11 AM) - Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller is the team's primary kickoff returner.

Our View: While some are saying this is a clear sign Spiller's stock is down with the Bills coaching staff, if that's the case we should be concerned about Cordarrelle Patterson, Earl Thomas and Randall Cobb. We're not as clearly many teams are looking for any edge on the field position front. Of course, we hope nobody ends up injured doing that, but ultimately it won't impact his game against the Chicago Bears otherwise and we still see him as a decent RB2 this week.
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Schedule

3vs San Diego Chargers
4@ Houston Texans
5@ Detroit Lions
6vs New England Patriots
7vs Minnesota Vikings
8@ New York Jets
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs Kansas City Chiefs
11@ Miami Dolphins
12vs New York Jets
13vs Cleveland Browns
14@ Denver Broncos
15vs Green Bay Packers
16@ Oakland Raiders
17@ New England Patriots