By Keith Kraska, Bills Correspondent, Mon, Sep 29th 10:19am EDT
C.J. Spiller ran for 60 yards and caught three passes for 24 yards in Buffalo's loss at Houston. His 15 carries were more than twice as much as Fred Jackson.
Fantasy Impact: Spiller is clearly the Bills' lead runner, but that doesn't mean much when his workload is capped in a crowded backfield, the Bills continue to pound him behind below-average guards, and on Sunday made the mistake of leaning on the passing game. Next week Buffalo gets a much tougher opponent against the run in Detroit, so Spiller is a weak flex option.
By Keith Kraska, Bills Correspondent, Thu, Sep 25th 12:49pm EDT
Bills left guard Chris Williams was injured in Week 3 and has not practiced this week. Fifth-round draft pick Cyril Richardson would start if Williams can't go. (Source: Jay Skurski
Fantasy Impact: Williams has been a liability for the Bills. Last year for the Rams, he was graded by Pro Football Focus as 74th out of 81 guards in the league. So the 343-pound Richardson may be an upgrade, especially for a blocking-dependent back like C.J. Spiller. According to Pro Football Reference box scores, Spiller is averaging 3.5 yards per carry behind the left guard, and 4.1 on all other runs. Houston is allowing 5.2 yards per carry to running backs, so Spiller is a viable RB2 in Week 4.
By Keith Kraska, Bills Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 9:35am EDT
C.J. Spiller took a back seat to Fred Jackson in the Bills' Week 3 loss. Spiller ran 10 times for 25 yards and caught three passes for 37 yards. He also had a 29-yard run wiped out by a holding penalty.
Fantasy Impact: This is the risk when you start Spiller; if he doesn't break a long one, he has a bad fantasy day. He's not suited for the Bills' inside running game like Jackson, who can get yards despite poor interior line blocking. Spiller might be able to get something going against Houston, which just got run over by Rashad Jennings, so he's a high-risk, high-reward flex in Week 4.
By Keith Kraska, Bills Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 11:46pm EDT
Whether C.J. Spiller helped your team in Week 2 depends on whether your league counts individual special-teams touchdowns: He took a kickoff 102 yards to the house. Other than that, he ran for 69 yards on 12 carries -- with 47 of those coming on one play -- and tacked on a catch for 9 yards against Miami.
Fantasy Impact: This was the quintessential C.J. Spiller game: two big plays with a whole lot of stuffing. When you start him, you're basically betting that he'll hit a home run. But it's so tempting because he has such world-class speed and elusiveness. The Bills next get San Diego, which allowed a 51-yard TD run by Percy Harvin, so flex Spiller if you're in a gambling mood.
By Keith Kraska, Bills Correspondent, Tue, Sep 9th 8:06pm EDT
Bills general manager Doug Whaley said Tuesday he had a sit-down meeting with C.J. Spiller's representatives about a long-term contract extension for the running back. Spiller is in the final year of his contract. (Source: NFL.com
Fantasy Impact: This, and the fact that Spiller carried the ball 15 times in Week 1, more than double any other Bills running back, shows the team does value Spiller's elite but limited talent. But that talent is often misused; that and a crowded backfield make Spiller a hit-or-miss play most weeks. Next, he gets a Miami defense that will be without all three of its starting linebackers, so this looks like a good week for an RB2 start.
By Keith Kraska, Bills Correspondent, Sun, Sep 7th 5:05pm EDT
C.J. Spiller had a team-high 15 carries, more than twice as much as Fred Jackson ... but was third on the team with just 53 yards rushing, a 3.5 average in Buffalo's victory over Chicago. He salvaged his fantasy day with a seven-yard receiving touchdown.
Fantasy Impact: Spiller is supposed to be the Bills' home run threat, but it was Fred Jackson and Anthony Dixon who broke long ones. He's a major risk week-to-week because you never know when he'll break one. But as he showed today, he also can score at any time. He paid off in Week 1, but start him at your own peril.
By Keith Kraska, Bills Correspondent, Thu, Sep 4th 9:09am EDT
C.J. Spiller is listed on the Bills' depth chart as their No. 1 kickoff returner, ahead of Marquise Goodwin. Coach Doug Marrone says he sees Spiller getting 20 touches a game, including returns. "It certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility to think there will be a game here or there this season where Spiller’s workload on offense will likely keep him from pulling double duty on special teams, but going into the season he’s the first option," Marrone said. (Source: Buffalobills.com
Fantasy Impact: This is not good news for fantasy owners because returns are wasted touches with the same risk of injury, and it limits his opportunities on offense. Spiller is best left on benches until we see how the Bills use him.
By Keith Kraska, Bills Correspondent, Sat, Aug 30th 5:55pm EDT
C.J. Spiller announced Saturday on Twitter that he has signed with Chad Speck of Allegiant Athletic Agency to represent him in the final year of his contract. (Source: C.J. Spiller on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Speculation on Spiller has ranged from the Bills trading him to re-signing him. In any case, hopefully his contract year will translate into some big games. What's holding him back in Buffalo is a crowded backfield (the Bills kept four RBs on their 53-man roster) and the coaches' stubbornness in pounding him between the tackles, which is not his forte. If you haven't drafted yet, he's worth the risk in the fourth round.
By Keith Kraska, Bills Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 9:40pm EDT
C.J. Spiller ran nine times for 36 yards and caught three passes for 23 yards in Saturday's game against Tampa Bay. He also lost a fumble. Half of Spiller's rushing yards came on one run.
Fantasy Impact: That's a microcosm of the risk he carries. Most of the time, he'll get mashed as the coaches stubbornly keep pounding him between the tackles. But if he breaks free, he could go the distance. His ADP has fallen to the end of the third round, and he just might be worth the gamble at the 3-4 turn.
By Keith Kraska, Bills Correspondent, Wed, Aug 13th 5:46pm EDT
Seeking to squelch trade speculation, Bills GM Doug Whaley said Wednesday there has been no contact with other teams about C.J. Spiller. (Source: BuffaloBills.com
Fantasy Impact: And that's all it's been: speculation. The trade for Bryce Brown and the fact that it's the last year of Spiller's contract have produced the smoke, but right now there's no fire to report. His fate could depend on how the Bills do before the trade deadline, but for now, he's healthy and the clear leader of the backfield.
By Keith Kraska, Bills Correspondent, Fri, Aug 8th 8:56pm EDT
After a nondescript preseason opener last week, C.J. Spiller rushed for 22 yards on three carries Friday night. He had a 14-yard run and also caught one pass for three yards.
Fantasy Impact: Give Spiller some room, and he'll break a few. He got taken out near the goal line, so that limits his upside a bit, but he's a worthy RB2 on par with Gio Bernard. His skill set is limited, but his talent in that skill set is elite. The coaches just need to set him free from between the tackles.
By Shane Fitzgerald, Bills Correspondent, Wed, Aug 6th 10:00pm EDT
As expected, Doug Marrone has confirmed the Bills will be a RB1 and RB1A team with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson sharing time. Marrone sees an expanded role for Spiller through his ability to catch the ball. (Source: Syracuse.com
Fantasy Impact: This is good news for Spiller who will certainly be very motivated entering a contract year. If E.J. Manuel struggles, we could see him checking down to the RB more often than not. Spiller's value and upside looks stronger in PPR formats and his current projection for around 37 receptions could be much higher as the season goes on.
By Keith Kraska, Bills Correspondent, Wed, Jul 30th 4:53pm EDT
With Fred Jackson signing a one-year extension, C.J. Spiller is now the only Bills RB not under contract for 2015.
Fantasy Impact: Several questions linger for Spiller: Will the Bills trade him this year? Does he fit the inside running game they want to execute? What's known is that he's healthy after playing most of last year on one wheel, and if the coaches get more creative with him, he could have an explosive season playing for a new contract, in Buffalo or elsewhere.
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