C.J. Spiller Fantasy Football News 2019

Chiefs Head Athletic Trainer Rick Burkholder announced that RB Spencer Ware has a torn PCL, “in addition to other damage.” He’s going for a 2nd opinion, but the injury is likely a season-ender. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport does add that Ware is hoping to land on the IR-designated-to-return list, which would allow him to come back anytime after Week 8. That sounds optimistic, though. We’ve removed Ware from the RB rankings. Kareem Hunt is obviously the big winner here. The rookie will step into the feature role in HC Andy Reid’s offense. We detailed earlier this offseason how productive that spot has been for fantasy football. RB Charcandrick West moves up to #2 on the depth chart. And RB C.J. Spiller now stands a good chance to make the squad. Check out our updated projections for the Chiefs backfield.

The Chiefs have signed RB C.J. Spiller. He turns 30 in August and has averaged just 3.6 yards per carry over the last 3 seasons, so we wouldn't even consider him a lock to make the final roster -- let alone a fantasy impact. Perhaps the Spiller addition is a sign that Kansas City is looking to move on from RB Jamaal Charles, but that's just speculation on our part.

The Jets have signed RB C.J. Spiller, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Spiller looked better than expected in 2 appearances for the Seahawks earlier this year, hauling in 5 balls for 43 yards and a score. He's familiar with Jets OC Chan Gailey's offense after spending the first 3 seasons of his pro career in it. Still, Spiller will need a Matt Forte or Bilal Powell injury to sniff fantasy relevance.

The Seahawks have released RB C.J. Spiller. He was a healthy scratch last week with RB C.J. Prosise healthy again. Spiller hauled in 5 balls for 43 yards and a score in his 2 games with Seattle. His days as a fantasy asset are long gone.

The Seahawks have signed RB C.J. Spiller. The 29-year-old was cut by the Saints after being a healthy scratch in Week 1. He averaged just 3.7 yards per carry and 6.9 yards per catch over the previous 2 seasons. Spiller should step in as Seattle's passing-down back but won't see more than a handful of touches behind Christine Michael. And he'll need to hold off C.J. Prosise once the rookie gets over his hand injury.

The Saints cut RB C.J. Spiller on Tuesday. HC Sean Payton spoke highly of Spiller this summer, but the former Buffalo Bill wasn’t even active in Week 1. We’ll see if he latches on elsewhere. Travaris Cadet will continue operating as a pass catching option behind Mark Ingram.

Saints RB C.J. Spiller is a healthy scratch for today's game against the Raiders. So much for him being a big part of the offense. The news gives RB Mark Ingram's stock a slight boost. Tim Hightower will back him up.

Saints insider Nick Underhill says C.J. Spiller is "next up" in the RB rotation after Mark Ingram. We've heard both positive and negative buzz on Spiller this offseason. This latest bit is just 1 man's opinion, but it's noteworthy. Spiller is New Orleans' most accomplished pass-catching RB -- and its most explosive, if healthy. He struggled through a knee issue last year but still caught 34 balls in 13 games. He has upside beyond that in 2016. Consider Spiller a risk/reward pick in the later rounds of PPR drafts.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune believes the Saints could try to trade or cut RB C.J. Spiller before the end of training camp. He was a bust in his 1st year with the team, averaging just 3.0 yards per carry and 7.1 yards per catch. Spiller blamed the performance on his bum knee, though, and HC Sean Payton said this spring that he looked "noticeably different." If healthy, we're guessing that Spiller sticks on the roster. We highlighted his upside recently, but he should only be considered a late-round flier for now.

Saints HC Sean Payton listed RB C.J. Spiller as 1 of the "pleasant surprises" of spring workouts, according to ESPN's Mike Triplett.  “His health and movement skills look noticeably different,” Payton said. “He worked his butt off in the offseason to get the strength back in that knee. That’s been really encouraging.”  Arthroscopic knee surgery last August reportedly hampered Spiller all last season.  He averaged just 3.1 yards per carry and 7.0 yards per catch across 13 appearances.  Turning 29 in August, Spiller might have a bounce-back season in him.  He's interesting in fantasy football, though, mostly because you can snag him near the end of your draft.  He was going in the 4th or 5th round last summer.

Saints RB C.J. Spiller says he's finally healthy after the knee he had scoped last summer dogged him all season. “It played a big role, because of the style of play that I play, the cutting and stopping, I didn’t have that explosion that I’m known for,” Spiller said. “I tried to block it out as much as I could and give it everything I can. But the good thing is, it’s behind me now. The road to recovery is looking very bright.” It's hard to love him referring to the "road to recovery" in June, but we'll be interested to see how Spiller looks through the summer. The situation is obviously good, and we've at least seen Spiller be explosive at points. That combo could deliver some fantasy-sleeper appeal.

Sounds like the Saints still don't believe they made a mistake in signing RB C.J. Spiller as a free agent last spring. "I think we will see the real C.J. Spiller and we will be able to give him a lot of opportunities to get back to player that he was," GM Mickey Loomis told The Times-Picayune. "He's a special player when he is right." Loomis added that he doesn't believe Spiller ever got over the knee injury that cost him the start of the season and ultimately landed him on IR at the end. "We felt good about him in training camp and yet during the course of the season it was never quite right," Loomis said. Spiller won't get anywhere near the love in 2016 fantasy football drafts that he got last summer, but that could turn him into a sleeper. If the Saints still believe he can be the player they paid more than Mark Ingram on the open market a year ago, then he's certainly worth a bench spot in PPR leagues. We'll be watching Spiller this offseason.

Saints RB C.J. Spiller is a healthy scratch for today’s game against the Jaguars. Recently signed RB Travaris Cadet could step into a change-of-pace role behind lead back Tim Hightower.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Saints RB C.J. Spiller's role will be "unchanged" despite the absence of RB Mark Ingram.  Spiller has averaged just 2.8 carries and 2.6 catches per game this season.  It's tough to believe his workload won't grow at all the rest of the way, but the takeaway here is that RB Tim Hightower is the better bet for touches.  Rapoport says Hightower will "step in" for Ingram.  He's a risk/reward RB3 for Week 14.  Spiller is just a PPR flier.

Saints insiders Nick Underhill and Mike Triplett both believe the team will deploy a RB-by-committee to replace Mark Ingram for the final 4 games.  Ingram was a 3-down workhorse for New Orleans, averaging 13.8 carries and 4.2 catches per game.  RB Tim Hightower will likely see the majority of the early-down work, per Underhill and Triplett, with RB C.J. Spiller assuming most of Ingram's passing-down duties.  Both guys look like no more than RB3s the rest of the way, with Hightower looking more valuable in non-PPR and Spiller in PPR.

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Updating an earlier report, the Saints have officially ended RB Mark Ingram's season by putting him on IR with a shoulder injury. That elevates Tim Hightower into a de facto lead role, though Ingram had seen only 26 total carries in his past 3 games. We certainly can't count on Hightower to step right into a heavier workload. And C.J. Spiller figures to take the bulk of Ingram's receiving work -- unless that gets spread to other positions. Both players make some sense as speculative pickups, but only if you're dumping a low-value bench guy for 1 of them. And neither belongs anywhere near a fantasy football lineup this week while we wait to see what the Saints do without Ingram. The loss of Ingram likely raises the target ceiling for the rest of New Orleans' pass-catchers.

Saints RB Mark Ingram is dealing with a "serious shoulder injury," according to NFL.com's Rand Getlin.  "There is some fear it could be season ending," Getlin adds.  Ingram has been on the injury report with the shoulder the past 2 weeks but was listed as probable, so he must have aggravated it in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.  With New Orleans' season over at 4-8, they could decide to just shut Ingram down.  That'd leave the Saints with RBs C.J. Spiller and Tim Hightower.  Neither would be a reliable fantasy play.

Saints RB Khiry Robinson suffered a fractured tibia in a Week 8 win over the Giants. Robinson underwent surgery on Sunday night and will miss the rest of the season.  Mark Ingram -- already averaging 19 touches per game -- will become a true workhorse. C.J. Spiller also gets a nice bump in value. 

 
 
 

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