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C.J. Spiller | Running Back

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/5/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 200
College: Clemson
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ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects C.J. Spiller to catch "60-plus passes" this season.
Josh Hill has generated more noise as "Jimmy Graham's replacement," but Spiller might end up inheriting most of Graham's production. Triplett foresees Spiller being used by Sean Payton "in the mold of Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush," who were both high-volume receivers in Payton's past offenses. In 2014, the Saints led the NFL in passes thrown to running backs. Departed Travaris Cadet and Pierre Thomas combined for 83 receptions. Jul 23 - 12:49 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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The Saints led the league in pass-game targets to running backs with 166 last season.

The stars are aligning for the season we'd been hoping for from C.J. Spiller since his breakout 2012. It never happened in Buffalo under Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett, but Spiller will be a focal point in New Orleans with Sean Payton. He could catch 70-80 passes and be a PPR asset. The Lions (165), led by ex-Saints assistant Joe Lombardi, finished second to the Saints in running back targets. Rookie Ameer Abdullah should be Detroit's pass-down back.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Jeff Duncan issued a fantasy alert on C.J. Spiller, advising to "draft Spiller on your fantasy football team."

"The Saints are going to get him the ball in a number of ways this season," writes Duncan. "If he can stay healthy, he could have a breakout year. It certainly won't be for lack of opportunity." The Spiller hype train has been full-steam ahead for weeks now, though his ADP has actually dropped from the top of the fourth round to the top of the fifth. Brandin Cooks is the favorite to lead New Orleans in targets, but Spiller could finish a close second. PPR drafters should be eyeballing him.
Jun 17 - 9:00 AM

Following Thursday's OTA practice, coach Sean Payton reemphasized that the Saints will attempt to devise ways to get C.J. Spiller the ball "in space," and praised Spiller's ability in the passing game.

Spiller appears to be being viewed by the Saints as a replacement for the Pierre Thomas/Travaris Cadet role, which combined for 83 receptions last year. "He understands what to do in the passing game," said Payton. "He'll provide versatility. He can do a handful of things pretty well. It's up to us to find ways to get him the ball in space." While we aren't entirely buying buzz of Spiller finishing with more touches than Mark Ingram -- barring an Ingram injury -- we are buying Spiller as an upside PPR pick with a better week-to-week floor than most think.
Jun 4 - 4:03 PM

The Baton Rouge Advocate's Nick Underhill predicts C.J. Spiller will handle more touches than Mark Ingram this year.

Underhill guesses Ingram could handle 185 carries to 140 for Spiller, and the latter is sure to be used far more in the passing game. "With the baseline set, I expect Spiller to end up with more touches," writes Underhill. Underhill continues on Spiller, "I expect him to do big things" in Sean Payton's offense. While we'd still bet on Ingram leading New Orleans' backfield in usage, we can't rule out Spiller earning a sizable workload depending on health and performance, and playing a huge role as a receiver. Spiller has legitimate RB1 upside in PPR leagues.
Jun 3 - 1:32 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton made it clear he will prioritize getting C.J. Spiller the ball "in space."

Doug Marrone's Bills staff didn't make this a priority, instead banging Spiller between the tackles. His production fell off a cliff under Marrone, but Payton is likely to utilize Spiller similarly to how Chan Gailey did. "He’s explosive," Payton said of Spiller. "He knows what to do. I think there’s a real good fit for him with what we’re going to do offensively. We’ll put him in a role where, whether he’s in the backfield, (or) flexed out. The key I think for him is when we study him is finding him ways to get him the ball in space and let him utilize his skillset and speed." According to Fantasy Football Calculator, Spiller's Average Draft Position is currently in the middle of round five.
May 31 - 1:47 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said at the NFL owners' meetings that C.J. Spiller and his agent prioritized fit first and foremost when pursuing a landing spot for Spiller.

Spiller was dreadfully mis-utilized by the post-Chan Gailey Bills. As opposed to prioritizing cash flow, Spiller went to the team he viewed could best put his talents to use. "To his agent’s credit, they looked at it from a ‘how he was going to be used’ standpoint, the system, the offense and wanting to be a part of it," Payton explained. "And we feel the same way." Payton called Spiller's highlight reel "unbelievable" on screens and sweeps. "When you watch his film you think of a lot of things he can do." Spiller should set a career high in catches with the Saints.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 25 - 8:19 PM

Saints signed RB C.J. Spiller to a four-year, $18 million contract with $9 million guaranteed.

No. 1 back Mark Ingram and new No. 2 Spiller are both now under the Saints' control for the next four seasons. As the Saints have moved on from top passing-game targets Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, they appear to be going all-in on a ball-control offense featuring Spiller, Ingram, and Khiry Robinson with lane-creator Max Unger at center. Spiller's usage probably won't change much going from Buffalo to New Orleans, but we'd trust Sean Payton to utilize him in far more effective ways than Doug Marrone did. He'll be back on the fantasy RB2 radar, probably handling 9-14 touches per game.
Mar 13 - 12:55 PM

The Saints will host free agent C.J. Spiller on Thursday.

This is an exciting potential pairing; Spiller's explosive lateral agility and straight-line speed would be fun to watch at the Superdome. Spiller has roots down south, having played college football at Clemson. The Saints are transitioning to a balanced-to-run-heavy offense, having re-signed Mark Ingram, traded for C Max Unger, and dealt Jimmy Graham. Spiller would be the 1B to Ingram's 1A, likely seeing around 8-14 touches per game in New Orleans.
Mar 11 - 10:20 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints are "in the mix" for free agent C.J. Spiller.

Per Rapsheet, the Cowboys "lurk as well." New Orleans would be an intriguing landing spot, as the Saints need a proven pass-catching back after releasing Pierre Thomas. Spiller would help replace some of the playmaking ability that went out the door when the Saints shipped Jimmy Graham to Seattle. It's hard to see Dallas being a serious contender unless DeMarco Murray actually walks.
Mar 11 - 5:44 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots have "inquired about" free agent C.J. Spiller.

The Pats need someone to replace Shane Vereen, and have now been linked to Spiller and Roy Helu. Spiller will be searching for something in the neighborhood of the annual $4 million Vereen got from the Giants, so he may not be a fit.
Source: on Twitter
Mar 10 - 5:48 PM

The Dolphins are not chasing free agent RB C.J. Spiller at this time.

The Dolphins have to pinch some pennies in the wake of the Ndamukong Suh deal, so paying up at running back wisely isn't a priority. Spiller makes a lot more sense for the Cowboys or Eagles right now. Lamar Miller remains the feature back in Miami.
Mar 10 - 12:04 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport suggests the Cowboys could be interested in free agent RB C.J. Spiller.

The Cowboys are letting DeMarco Murray test the market as we speak. If a cap-rich team (Jaguars?) ends up meeting his $8 million per year contract demands, Dallas will be in the market for running back help. Jerry Jones had interest in trading for Spiller two years ago and could very well revisit the idea. The Jets and old Bills friend Chan Gailey are also expected to be in the market for Spiller.
Mar 10 - 7:53 AM

Profootballtalk reports free agent C.J. Spiller isn't in a rush to sign.

Per Mike Florio, Spiller's plan "was and is to wait it out." Spiller's agent likes the way the running-back market is shaping up, and is apparently willing to pit teams against each other for a few more days. Spiller is still likely to strike a deal within the first 48 hours of free agency.
Mar 8 - 2:59 PM

ProFootballTalk reports the Cowboys will be interested in free agent RB C.J. Spiller if DeMarco Murray walks.

Yahoo's Rand Getlin reported on Friday the Jets, Patriots, Dolphins, Cardinals, 49ers, Redskins and Lions were interested in Spiller. Add the Cowboys to the list. Spiller is entering is age-28 season, but has little wear on his tires after touching the ball only 826 times over his five-year career. Spiller is Rotoworld's No. 2 available running back.
Mar 7 - 10:16 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
3Ryan Griffin
4Garrett Grayson
RB1Mark Ingram
2C.J. Spiller
3Khiry Robinson
4Edwin Baker
5Marcus Murphy
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Khiry Robinson
3RB1C.J. Spiller
2Mark Ingram
FB1Erik Lorig
2Austin Johnson
3Toben Opurum
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Joe Morgan
3Jalen Saunders
4R.J. Harris
5Lance Lewis
WR21Marques Colston
2Nick Toon
3Seantavius Jones
4Brandon Coleman
5Josh Morgan
WR31Nick Toon
TE1Josh Hill
2Ben Watson
3Orson Charles
4Jack Tabb
5Kevin Brock
K1Dustin Hopkins
2Zach Hocker