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Spiller showed improvement late in season
3 months ago

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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Spiller's limited workload based on game plan
5 months ago

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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Spiller not listed on Week 10 injury report
5 months ago

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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Spiller "very close" to 100%
5 months ago

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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Spiller active
5 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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Spiller probable for Week 9
5 months ago

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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Marrone: I "feel good" about Spiller for Week 9
5 months ago

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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Spiller "not back to normal yet"
5 months ago

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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Spiller returns to limited practice
5 months ago

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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Spiller has high-ankle sprain
5 months ago

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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Spiller inactive
5 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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Spiller doubtful for Week 8
5 months ago

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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Chances "extremely slim" Spiller plays Week 8
5 months ago

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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Spiller out again Thursday
5 months ago

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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Spiller: I feel "10 times better" this week than last
5 months ago

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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Spiller, Jackson out Wednesday
5 months ago

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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Bum ankle limiting Spiller's workload
5 months ago

Bills HC Doug Marrone confirmed that RB C.J. Spiller's bum ankle is limiting his workload.  “The injury has everything to do with it, not some of it,” Marrone said.  Spiller has 24 carries and 5 catches in the 3 games since injuring the ankle.  Buffalo is ruining his season by not sitting him and letting him get back to 100%.  ”We just monitor him during the week and see where he’s at and if it continues to get better then we go out there and play," Marrone said.  "There’s going to be a setback when you play the game. He’s not going to come out of there 110 percent. It’s a situation where we keep monitoring it and then if there’s a point where during the week it doesn’t feel as good as it should then we have to look and see what we want to do."  Spiller will continue to be a risky fantasy start until his workload picks up.  Buffalo doesn't have its bye until Week 12.

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Spiller active
6 months ago

Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Dolphins.  Still not at 100%, he’ll continue to split touches with Fred Jackson.  Spiller is a RB2 for Week 7.

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Spiller probable for Week 7
6 months ago

Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday and is probable for this weekend’s game against the Dolphins.  He’s getting healthier but admits that he’s still not at 100%.  Spiller has averaged just 10 touches per game over the past 2 weeks.  Expect 12-15 on Sunday, leaving Spiller as a RB2 in fantasy.

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Spiller to be 100% soon
6 months ago

Bills RB C.J. Spiller told the team website that he believes his sprained ankle will get back to 100% soon.  "I can tell that it's definitely healing," he said. "I haven't had any setback, so I'm just going to continue to do what I do and get treatment and take it day by day. It's responding well."  It's a reason for his fantasy football owners to get optimistic.  The Bills have several positive matchups remaining on the schedule, including the Saints in Week 8.  RB Fred Jackson, meanwhile, said he expects he'll need to deal with his knee issue for the rest of the year.

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