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C.J. Spiller | Running Back

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/5/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 200
College: Clemson
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C.J. Spiller rushed nine times for 23 yards and caught three passes for 18 yards in Week 10 against the Redskins.
Spiller was more involved this week with the Saints playing from behind. He saw a goal-line carry on the first drive, but didn’t convert. Tim Hightower had more touches than Spiller despite the expanded role. With the Saints on a Week 11 bye, Spiller can be dropped in redraft leagues. Nov 15 - 5:52 PM

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C.J. Spiller does not know why he is getting so little work this season.

"I haven't went up there and asked for an explanation. Obviously, there has to be a reason behind it," Spiller said. "Obviously, you want to play more. You're a competitor, you want to be out there, but you can't play with 12 people on the field." Spiller was expected to have a bigger role with Khiry Robinson (leg) done for the year, but he played just nine snaps last week. Coach Sean Payton pointed to Mark Ingram's ability in pass protection as a reason Ingram was on the field more. Spiller is averaging just 5.75 touches a game and has not had more than 10 in a single game this season. He has been droppable in standard leagues for several weeks.
Source: ESPN
Nov 10 - 1:12 PM

C.J. Spiller played six snaps Week 9 against the Titans.

Even with Khiry Robinson done for the season, Spiller was unable to carve out a meaningful offensive role against the Titans. He has been droppable in standard leagues for a couple weeks.
Nov 9 - 9:25 AM

C.J. Spiller had two carries for eight yards and caught 1-of-2 passes for two yards in the Saints' Week 9 loss to the Titans.

Even with Khiry Robinson sidelined, Spiller played a minor role behind Mark Ingram. He hasn't had more than 50 total yards in five straight games. Spiller is just an RB4 for Week 10.
Nov 8 - 6:00 PM

C.J. Spiller caught 2-of-4 targets for 15 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' Week 8 win over the Giants, adding four rushes for 21 yards.

The touchdown was a positive, but the 15 receiving yards were a major disappointment on a day where Drew Brees racked up 511 through the air. Spiller's snaps have nowhere to go but up after Khiry Robinson appeared to suffer a season-ending injury on Sunday, but not in a meaningful way for fantasy. The two backs essentially play different positions. Spiller is a high-risk, moderate-reward RB3.
Nov 1 - 6:17 PM

C.J. Spiller caught 6-of-6 targets for 32 yards in New Orleans' Week 7 win over the Colts, adding four rushes for 16 yards.

The 10 touches were Spiller's most of the season. The vast majority of Spiller's work came early. He actually lost six total yards on his three second half touches. Spiller has done nothing to prove FLEX value this season. You should do better for Week 8.
Oct 25 - 6:35 PM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Larry Holder gets "the sense" C.J. Spiller has not completely mastered the offense.

"[Coach Sean] Payton has chirped at Spiller coming off the field for what looked like a missed protection," Holder wrote. "Drew Brees has also signaled to Spiller following a play this year in a similar situation." Spiller struggling with the playbook makes sense after he missed most of training camp with a knee injury, and it could also explain why he has seen just 5.4 touches a game this season despite Payton's repeated assertions he needs to get Spiller more involved. Whatever the reason, there have been no signs Spiller's role in the offense is poised to grow. He is a non-factor in fantasy.
Oct 24 - 11:24 AM

Coach Sean Payton continues to say he wants to get C.J. Spiller more touches.

"He's one of our weapons that we need to look closely at finding touches," Payton said. "If you look at the running game and the passing game, he's a guy that can make a lot of things happen with the ball in his hands. We have to do a better job that way." Payton has been saying this for weeks and has yet to do anything about it. Spiller managed just 27 yards on seven touches in Week 6 and remains a bit part of the offense and a fantasy non-factor behind Mark Ingram.
Oct 23 - 9:36 AM

C.J. Spiller rushed three times for 10 yards in New Orleans' Week 6 win over the Falcons, adding four receptions for 17 yards.

It was another dismal game for Spiller, who got out-touched by Khiry Robinson. Spiller was mostly "featured" on low-percentage screens. Coach Sean Payton has surprisingly-little idea how to get Spiller out in space. With only 27 touches through five games, Spiller is unlikely to become a legitimate FLEX play in 12-team leagues.
Oct 16 - 12:26 AM

C.J. Spiller rushed three times for 10 yards and caught 3-of-4 targets for -8 yards Week 5 against the Eagles.

Spiller had just two catches in the first half, but it was much more concerning Spiller did not dominate work with the Saints down big in the second half. The Saints appear to have zero desire or idea how to integrate Spiller into the offense, and as long as that is the case he will be useless in fantasy. He needs to be on fantasy benches on Thursday night against the Falcons.
Oct 11 - 6:21 PM

Saints RB C.J. Spiller played 21-of-73 offensive snaps Sunday night against the Cowboys.

It was his largest share of snaps this season, and Spiller has now seen his snap count increase in each of the first three weeks he has been active. After sealing the game with an 80-yard touchdown reception in overtime, he should see even more opportunities next week against the Eagles.
Oct 5 - 9:43 AM

C.J. Spiller rushed two times for 10 yards and caught five passes for 99 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 4 win over the Cowboys.

The Saints were expected to get Spiller more involved this week, but limited to six touches before his game-winning 80-yard touchdown in overtime. Spiller had been a non-factor since returning from his knee scope, so this should earn him a bigger role. The Saints run game has struggled this year, ranking in the bottom-10 in the league. Spiller will be an RB3/FLEX for Week 5.
Oct 5 - 12:37 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport heard the Saints are committed to giving C.J. Spiller more carries Sunday against the Cowboys.

Spiller has received a tiny workload since coming back from knee surgery, receiving four touches in Week 2 and only three in last week's game. Spiller's increased involvement could push Khiry Robinson into a clear third-string role. Mark Ingram is secure as the Saints' bellcow back.
Oct 4 - 8:10 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton confirms C.J. Spiller is "100 percent healthy," and says it's on him to get Spiller more work.

"I've gotta get him more opportunities," Payton said. "He's healthy and, shoot, he needs more than anything to stay actively warm as opposed to play every 12 or 14 plays." Spiller has just seven touches in two games. That's not how the Saints envisioned using him when they gave him $9 million guaranteed. The Saints have to get Spiller more involved as a pass catcher, taking some targets away from their struggling receiver corps.
Sep 28 - 1:26 PM

C.J. Spiller caught 2-of-2 targets for 22 yards and rushed once for 4 yards Week 3 against the Panthers.

He caught a three-yard pass split out wide on the first play of the game, but was quiet until a 19-yard reception on a wheel route to set up the Saints' final score. Spiller had fewer touches than Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson for the second week in a row. Spiller theoretically could be an RB3/FLEX option in PPR leagues, but he has yet to establish a role in the offense. He should be left on the bench next week against the Cowboys.
Sep 27 - 6:32 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Drew Brees
2Matt Flynn
RB1Mark Ingram
2C.J. Spiller
3Tim Hightower
GLB1Mark Ingram
2C.J. Spiller
3RB1C.J. Spiller
2Mark Ingram
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Marques Colston
3T.J. Graham
WR21Willie Snead
2Brandon Coleman
WR31Marques Colston
TE1Ben Watson
2Josh Hill
3Michael Hoomanawanui
LT1Terron Armstead
LG1Tim Lelito
2Tony Hills
C1Max Unger
2Senio Kelemete
RG1Jahri Evans
2Mike McGlynn
RT1Zach Strief
2Andrus Peat
K1Kai Forbath