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Saints RB C.J. Spiller (knee) is expected to be ready for Week 1, according to insider Andrew Franks.  ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the same just after Spiller had his knee scoped on Aug. 14.  We'll keep an eye on his practice participation this coming week, but Spiller is shaping up as a risk/reward fantasy play for the opener.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Saints RB C.J. Spiller underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday.  Spiller is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, per Schefter.  Injuries have been a problem for Spiller throughout his first 5 NFL seasons, but he's actually never had a significant knee issue.  Still, the missed time isn't good news for a guy trying to settle into a new offense.  We'll track his recovery over the next month, but Spiller will probably end up as a risky early-season fantasy play.  If he's not ready by Week 1, it'd likely mean a bigger role for RB Khiry Robinson behind starter Mark Ingram.

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Saints insider Jeff Duncan came away from Tuesday's minicamp practice believing that RB C.J. Spiller won't "lack for opportunity" this season.  New Orleans is looking to get Spiller the ball "in a number of ways," according to Duncan.  We're expecting him to play a role somewhere in between Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles, projecting him for 114 carries and 56 catches.  "Word of advice: Draft C.J. Spiller on your fantasy football team," Duncan adds.  We're on board, especially in PPR leagues.

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The Saints signed RB C.J. Spiller. The former Buffalo Bill appeared in just 9 games last year due to a broken collarbone. He proved ineffective when healthy, mustering only 3.8 YPC on 78 attempts. Buffalo drew criticism for their handling of Spiller, often utilizing his smallish frame between the tackles. But we’d expect more efficient usage with the Saints. Look for HC Sean Payton to hand Spiller the role left behind by Pierre Thomas. Over the past 4 years, Thomas averaged 53 catches per game. While Mark Ingram should continue to dominate the early-down work, Spiller's reception upside allows for RB2 (PPR) value. The departure of Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills certainly help raise Spiller's target floor.

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RB C.J. Spiller said Thursday that joining former Bills HC Chan Gailey with the Jets would be a good fit. “There is that familiarity between me and him in that offense,” Spiller told the Daily News. “So that would be a perfect match. I had my best years in the league with Chan. So it’d be dumb not to give it serious thought.” Gailey hasn't officially been named Jets OC yet but appears on track to claim that position. He was coaching the Bills for Spiller's breakthrough 2012, when Spiller put up a top-10 fantasy season among RBs on just 250 total touches. We'll be very interested to see where Spiller lands in free agency.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) is probable for Sunday's game against the Raiders.  He averaged 11.9 touches for 56.6 total yards per game before going down.  We're expecting 6-10 touches this Sunday in his 1st action since Week 7.  That makes Spiller just a RB3 flier or daily-league dart throw.  Fred Jackson remains a solid RB2 in a plus matchup.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller put in a limited practice on Wednesday -- his 1st since breaking his collarbone on October 19.  “He looked good,” HC Doug Marrone said. “But he’s still working his way back into the football part of it.”  Spiller has a shot to play against the Raiders this weekend, but he'd likely see only a handful of touches.  He's only an option as a cheap flier in daily games.  Fred Jackson remains a solid RB2 for Week 16.

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The Bills on Monday activated RB C.J. Spiller from IR/designated to return. That means Spiller could play against Oakland on Sunday if the team wants to use him. It's tough to imagine Buffalo giving Spiller much of a workload, considering how shaky his usage was before the injury. Spiller doesn't look like anything more than a low-price DFS flier the rest of the way.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) returned to practice on Wednesday, the 1st day he was eligible.  Spiller can be activated for Week 16, and it looks like he's on track to be ready then.  He'd be tough to trust in fantasy lineups in his 1st action since Week 7, though, despite a plus matchup against the Raiders.  Spiller averaged 57 total yards in his 6 full games.

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The Bills have placed RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) on short-term IR. It makes him eligible to return for Week 16. We suppose Buffalo could bring him back if they're still in the playoff hunt then, but Spiller would be impossible to trust in fantasy championships. He can be dropped in all redraft leagues.

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Pro Football Talk reports that Bills RB C.J. Spiller will miss the rest of the season.  He's undergoing surgery on his broken collarbone tomorrow.  Spiller has a player option for about $2 million in 2015 but might choose to hit free agency.  He's been misused by Buffalo's current coaching staff.  We'll see how long RB Fred Jackson will miss with his groin injury, but expect Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon to handle RB duties for the Bills for the foreseeable future.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller broke his collarbone in Sunday's game against the Vikings, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  That'll likely sideline him at least 6 weeks and might even send him to IR.  It looks like RB Fred Jackson will also miss time with a groin injury that "appears serious," per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  That'll leave Buffalo with Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon at RB.

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