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Bills RB C.J. Spiller carried 9 times for 36 yards and caught 3 passes for 23 more in Saturday's preseason game against Tampa Bay.  The 12 total touches gave him 3 more than RB Fred Jackson, who combined 5 rushing attempts with 4 receptions.  It reversed a trend that had seen Jackson get more work than Spiller entering the game, but coaches managed to get Spiller the ball in space against the Bucs.  It's encouraging for Spiller's regular-season usage and keeps us cautiously optimistic.  Spiller remains 1 of Buffalo's top playmakers -- probably the top playmaker -- so he needs to be featured in the game plan.  He's an upside pick in the 3rd round of your fantasy football draft.

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The Bills' coaching staff didn't quite seem to understand how to best utilize RB C.J. Spiller's diverse skill set last year.  That's no longer the case, according to insider Chris Brown.  OC Nathaniel Hackett is reportedly confident that he can maximize Spiller's talents.  Buffalo even seemed to figure out Spiller late last season, when he totaled 420 rushing yards, 89 receiving yards and 1 TD over his final 5 games.  We like Spiller as a bounce-back candidate, especially at his current 3rd-round price tag.

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Bills insider Chris Brown writes that "the offensive coaches seem eager to expand the ways in which [RB C.J. Spiller] will be used on the field this fall."  Of course, it's tough to believe anything coming out of Buffalo about Spiller's usage considering his frustrating 2013 campaign.  But it's worth noting that he was busy when healthy last year.  Spiller averaged 18.8 touches over his first 4 games and 17.5 over his final 6.  That type of workload would mean close to 300 touches over the course of 16 healthy games.  Remember that Spiller turned in a top-7 fantasy finish in 2012 with just 250 touches.  There's big bounce-back potential here this season.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller is completely over the high-ankle sprain that limited him throughout the 2013 season.  “I don’t feel nothing, I feel great,” Spiller said. “This is the best I’ve felt since 2012 when I had that great year. The ankle feels wonderful."  2012, of course, saw Spiller tally 1,703 total yards and 8 TDs.  He has that type of upside this year and is a prime bounce-back candidate.

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Bills HC Doug Marrone was encouraged by the improvement he saw from RB C.J. Spiller at the end of the season. “We’ve been working on a couple of things,” Marrone said. “In the situations that we ran him this year it was different than the situations in which he was running the year before. I think the injury did play a factor in some of that production. But I did see him improve at the end of the year. I think he was able to in the season finale stick it up in there and break it and become more physical. Whether that was because of the injury and feeling much better, but there are signs of him having the ability to get to those numbers.”  Spiller popped off a pair of 100-yard rushing games over the final 5 weeks.  He averaged a juicy 5.4 yards per carry during that span.  The ankle injury Spiller suffered in Week 4 was a bigger problem than a new offense, but neither will be an issue in 2014.  Spiller will be a prime bounce-back target in fantasy drafts this summer.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller seemed to be in the clear after turning in an impressive Week 10 performance and then being removed from the injury report.  But he totaled just 34 yards on 11 touches against the Steelers on Sunday.  HC Doug Marrone said the limited workload was based on game plan.  "Could increase, could decrease," Marrone said of Spiller's workload going forward.  "We'll see week to week."  It's tough to believes that bum ankle wasn't at least part of the reason Spiller remained shackled.  We noticed him hobbling on a few different occasions on Sunday.  He's back to risk/reward fantasy status for Week 11 against the Jets.  Buffalo has a Week 12 bye, which might finally get Spiller back to 100%.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller is not listed on the Week 10 injury report.  He's finally over the ankle injury that has plagued him since Week 4.  Spiller turned in his best performance of the season this past Sunday, totaling 155 yards on 14 touches.  HC Doug Marrone confirmed that Spiller's workload will grow going forward.  He averaged 14.3 carries and 3 catches per game over the first 3 weeks.  Those look like good projections going forward.  Spiller is back to must-start status.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller said his bum ankle is "very close" to 100% after Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.  "It's still not there, but it's definitely very close," he said. "Today was very encouraging to me.  My cutting ability and exploding off it was good, but tomorrow'll be a good day to see how it responds because this is the most work that's got since Week 4."  Spiller finished Sunday's game with 155 total yards on 14 touches.  He had runs of 61 and 29 yards, plus a 27-yard catch-and-run.  We did notice him limp off the field a few times, and we'll be keeping a close eye on the practice reports this week.  But Spiller is at least back to must-start RB2 status.  He gets the Steelers and Jets before a Week 12 bye.

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9 months ago

Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Chiefs.  He practiced all week after sitting out last Sunday’s game.  Spiller should be healthier but is still unlikely to be at 100%.  Consider him a risk/reward fantasy play. 

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.  He practiced all week and obviously looked healthy enough to convince the coaching staff to throw him back on the field.  We can't believe Spiller is back to 100% until we see it, though.  He remains a risky fantasy option.  But with 6 teams on bye, he's a viable RB3 or flex dice roll.  Fred Jackson remains a solid RB2.

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Bills HC Doug Marrone said Thursday that he "feels good" about RB C.J. Spiller's status for this weekend's game against the Chiefs.  The week off seems to have helped, but it's still tough to believe Spiller is close to 100%.  He's trying to get over a dreaded high-ankle sprain and was heading in the wrong direction the last time we saw him on the field.  Spiller's Week 9 workload will likely depend on how he looks and feels during the game.  It makes him a risk/reward fantasy play.

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Despite returning to practice on Wednesday, Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) admits that he's "not back to normal yet."  He also confirmed that he's dealing with a high-ankle sprain -- an injury that usually takes 4+ weeks to recover from.  It's unclear if Spiller will return for this Sunday's game against the Chiefs.  He'd be better off sitting out.

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After sitting out all 3 practices and last weekend's game, Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday.  HC Doug Marrone labeled him "day-to-day" afterward.  It sounds like Buffalo is considering letting him play against the Chiefs this weekend.  We'd rather see Spiller sit at least 1 more week and get closer to 100%.

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Bills HC Doug Marrone revealed on Monday that RB C.J. Spiller is dealing with a high-ankle sprain.  It makes sense considering the injury has hampered him for over a month now.  It's also makes it even more ridiculous that Buffalo let him play through it.  Marrone wouldn't say whether or not Spiller will return for Week 9.  Fantasy owners should be hoping the team holds him out through the Week 12 bye.  That'd allow Spiller to get back to 100% and give him a good shot of producing big numbers down the stretch.

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10 months ago

Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) is officially inactive for today’s game against the Saints.  Buffalo held him out of practice all week and finally looks ready to rest its stud back until he’s back to 100%.  Fred Jackson will serve as Buffalo’s feature back today and is a strong RB2 in fantasy.  RB Tashard Choice will back him up but is just a fantasy flier.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) has been listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Saints.  He didn’t practice all week.  HC Doug Marrone labeled Spiller a game-time decision, but all signs point to the Bills holding him out of this 1.  It’s good news for Spiller’s fantasy value the rest of the way.  He was torpedoing fantasy teams by trying to play through the bum ankle.  Fred Jackson will serve as Buffalo’s feature back this weekend and is a strong RB2 in fantasy.

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Bills insider Joe Buscaglia hears that C.J. Spiller's chances of playing against the Saints this weekend are "extremely slim."  As Buscaglia points out, Spiller has practiced each of the past 2 Thursdays.  He was held out today.  It looks like Buffalo has finally decided to sit Spiller down so that ankle can heal up.  His absence will mean even more work for Fred Jackson, who is a strong RB2 for Week 8.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday.  The team is considering holding him out of this weekend's game against the Saints.  "He wants to go, but we have to make a good decision, a tough decision," HC Doug Marrone said.  Spiller will be just a low-end RB2 if he ends up playing.  RB Fred Jackson (knee) returned to practice on Thursday and will be Buffalo's lead back this weekend.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) told reporters Wednesday that he feels "10 times better" this week than he did last.  It was in response to HC Doug Marrone saying he's thought about holding Spiller out to get him back to 100%.  "Nobody knows my body better than me," Spiller added.  "He can only go off what he sees on film"  Spiller's on-field production is trending in the wrong direction.  He carried a season-low 6 times for 11 yards last week.  Until we see him put in a full workload, he'll remain a shaky fantasy option.

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Bills RBs C.J. Spiller (ankle) and Fred Jackson (knee) both sat out practice on Wednesday.  Spiller sat out last Wednesday, too.  He's nowhere near 100% but is tentatively expected to gut it out again this weekend against the Saints.  Jackson aggravated his knee injury last Sunday but played through it.  He's fully expected to be available for this weekend.  As the healthier of the 2 backs, look for Jackson to lead the Buffalo backfield in touches again.

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