C.J. Spiller | RB | Buffalo Bills
Posted: 9/4/2014 2:09pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller is the team's primary kickoff returner.
Huddle Up: This likely isn't what Spiller owners had in mind when hoping for an increased workload this season. Spiller last returned kicks full time in his rookie season of 2010, and -- make of it what you will -- had a career-low 98 offensive touches that season.
Posted: 8/13/2014 7:36pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller has not been talked about with other teams, according to general manager Doug Whaley. "Again, no one, I'll tell you guys and you know I'm a straight shooter. We have not been contacted by any teams. I can probably see where people see our depth at running back and try to connect the dots with teams that don't have depth, but, again, nobody has contacted us," Whalen said.
Huddle Up: Spiller is a free agent at the end of the season and with Bryce Brown waiting in the wings, this could be his last year in Buffalo. However, unless a strong offer comes the Bills way in the next couple of weeks, expect Spiller to remain with the team for the 2014 season as part of a talented backfield committee. Spiller is currently a bit overvalued with an ADP of late Round 3.
Posted: 7/16/2014 12:34am et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller will likely touch the ball 20 times per game if the offense is operating efficiently, according to BuffaloBills.com.
Huddle Up: Spiller has averaged 15.6 touches per game in each of the past 2 seasons, and unless Fred Jackson (15.8 per outing in 2013) misses a significant portion of the season, it's going to be tough for Spiller to hit that mark, especially considering that FA signee Bryce Brown also is now in the mix.
Posted: 7/15/2014 3:06am et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller recently said there's a noticeable difference in the team's running game with a year of experience under the new offensive system. At the same time, Spiller admitted there's still work to be done before the season starts.
Huddle Up: It makes sense that if the team is more comfortable with the system they'll be able to run it more efficiently. The Bills ran the ball well last season, so if Spiller can stay on the field maybe he'll finally live up to the fantasy hype that's surrounded him since he was a first-round pick a few years back.
Posted: 5/30/2014 6:25pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) said he feels great while taking part in organized team activities this week. Spiller wasn't the same after battling through an ankle injury for most of last season. "I don't feel nothing, I feel great," said Spiller. "This is the best I've felt since 2012 when I had that great year. The ankle feels wonderful. I just have to keep doing what I need to do to stay healthy this whole season and try to go out there and make plays."
Huddle Up: No question, a healthy Spiller makes for a happy fantasy owner. And as he's seemingly recovered from the issue that plagued him last year, that's a good place to start. We'll see how long it lasts.
Posted: 5/3/2014 12:04am et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller said there is no timetable for when contract extension talks with the team will start but is interested in staying with the team. Spiller is entering the final year of his contract but will have to hire a new agent before talks can begin.
Huddle Up: Given the way Spiller has tended to get nicked, it is hardly a surprise the Bills are in no rush to commit long-term money. The current market for running backs doesn't help Spiller either, but he could capitalize by more consistently making the big plays he's known for and driving up his price... or at least finding a way to stay on the field.
Posted: 2/20/2014 5:16pm et
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) was never close to '110 percent' healthy last year with his nagging high ankle sprain. Marrone also reiterated his preference for a two-running back system.
Huddle Up: Despite missing only 1 game, Spiller's total yards and total TDs dropped significantly from his career year in 2012, and expect only a modest increase if the Bills do indeed insist on a 2-back timeshare.
Posted: 12/2/2013 2:53pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) said his ankle was fine after the team's Week 13 game, even though he was seen limping noticeably at times.
Huddle Up: He came back to the game and played well. It looks like he is just fine.
Posted: 11/15/2013 12:00am et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller could be more involved in the passing game Week 11 because of the injuries to WRs Stevie Johnson (groin) and Robert Woods (ankle).
Huddle Up: Any additional touches would be welcomed by Spiller's fantasy owners as the RB only has 19 catches for 86 yards so far. He had 43 receptions for 459 yards and a pair of scores a year ago.
Posted: 11/8/2013 11:48am et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) is not on the injury report for the team's Week 10 game but said his ankle is not completely healed at this point. He said he believes his ankle is close to being 100 percent.
Huddle Up: The injury report merely indicates if a player missed some or all of practice, and if so why. So Spiller must have practiced fully on his less-than-100% ankle this week, and will likely play on it as such this weekend. He looked good last week, right up until he tweaked his ankle again, but if he's close enough that his practice time isn't being limited than you should consider him pretty much all systems go.
Posted: 11/4/2013 2:07pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (knee) said he's not 100 percent yet after having a productive game in Week 9 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Spiller had 155 total yards (116 on the ground) and averaged 11.1 yards per touch on 14 touches. 'It's still not there, but it's definitely very close,' Spiller said of his ankle. 'Today was very encouraging to me.'
Huddle Up: Spiller looks great for not being 100 percent. Hopefully he is getting healthier as the season wears on.
Posted: 11/1/2013 3:19pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 1, and is probable for Week 9.
Huddle Up: It's looks like Spiller will be back in action after missing the Week 8 loss in New Orleans and get a chance to improve on his deeply disappointing fantasy numbers, which include only 1 100-total-yard game and 1 TD all season.
Posted: 10/31/2013 4:06pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 31, but is expected to play in Week 9 against the Kansas City Chiefs after sitting out due to a 'nagging' high-ankle sprain in Week 8. 'I feel good about C.J. playing,' head coach Doug Marrone said. 'In talking with him, without any setbacks, we feel like he'll be ready to go.'
Huddle Up: Spiller missed Week 8 and despite the limited work Thursday, will have his game status decided over the next few days. So if you need to get him back in your lineup, stay attuned to the updates coming out of western New York.
Posted: 10/30/2013 12:56pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) is participating in some individual drills during practice Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Huddle Up: This is encouraging. Keep an eye on his injury status the rest of the week.
Posted: 10/28/2013 5:50pm et
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) has a chance to return in Week 9 to face the Kansas City Chiefs despite dealing with a high ankle sprain. He'll be evaluated this week, according to head coach Doug Marrone. Spiller had just six carries for 11 yards in Week 7.
Huddle Up: Unfortunately, Spiller would be returning against a good Chiefs defense. He might not be worth the start if he can play.
Posted: 10/25/2013 4:38pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Week 8 but will remain a game-time decision, according to head coach Doug Marrone. RB Ronnie Wingo was signed off the practice squad for depth.
Huddle Up: There is at least some hope here despite the doubtful tag, but given Spiller's recent struggles, his fantasy owners are better off going with another starting option whether Spiller plays or not.
Posted: 10/25/2013 1:53pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) is not practicing Friday, Oct. 25.
Huddle Up: Spiller gets a seat on the fantasy bench this week as he hasn't practiced all week and is listed as doubtful for the Week 8 contest in New Orleans. In the meantime, the already-productive Fred Jackson gets a sizable bump in value.
Posted: 10/24/2013 6:17pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) missed his second straight day of practice Thursday, Oct. 24, but said there is 'no feud' between himself and head coach Doug Marrone on the condition of his ankle. 'I have no problem with Coach Marrone. I think we have a great relationship. Concerning my injury, I think we're both on the same page. He wants what's best for me, and he also wants what's best for this team. He's going to make the right decision,' Spiller said. 'And I'm going to back him. So there's definitely no feud, no miscommunication.' Marrone has indicated that Spiller may not be feeling that great and hinted that the team could sit him out in Week 8.
Huddle Up: Given the cloud that continues to hover over Spiller, it's past time for his fantasy owners to be looking for other starting RB options.
Posted: 10/23/2013 6:04pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) said his ankle is improving. 'A whole lot better. 10 times better,' Spiller said. 'There's a couple more hurdles that I need to pass over before I'm 100 percent. I definitely feel a whole lot better today than I did last Wednesday.' Spiller said he's better than head coach Doug Marrone made him out to be earlier this week. Spiller's workload has been limited lately because Marrone said 'there is going to be a setback' each week. Spiller had just six carries for 11 yards in Week 7.
Huddle Up: This is good to hear from Spiller, who has been an abject disappointment thus far. Hopefully a healing ankle means better production.
Posted: 10/22/2013 8:27pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) has been playing hurt for the last three games, and head coach Doug Marrone said that Spiller's progress will be monitored moving forward. 'The injury has everything to do with it, not some of it,' said Marrone of Spiller's production. 'We're looking at the production, seeing if he's getting better and not putting him out there in jeopardy.'
Huddle Up: Between the injury issues, Fred Jackson's presence and a general lack of production, the whole season has been a struggle for Spiller and his fantasy owners as the RB only has one TD and one contest with more than 80 total yards.
Posted: 10/18/2013 9:37pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 18, and is listed as probable for Week 7.
Huddle Up: Spiller will still split time with Fred Jackson but he will be healthier than he was last Thursday after 10 days of rest. He's off to a slow start but Spiller should be in fantasy owner's starting lineups this week.
Posted: 10/18/2013 1:57pm et
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) will play in Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins, according to head coach Doug Marrone. 'I can tell you that he's not 110 percent,' Marrone said. 'It's just making improvement. You appreciate it as a coach and as a fan. Here's a player who's working every day, getting treatment three or four times a day, then going out on the practice field and trying to work through it. We appreciate that effort.'
Huddle Up: Between the injuries and Fred Jackson's presence, it's been a frustrating season for Spiller's fantasy owners, and it looks like more of the same is in store Sunday in Miami. If you still need to start Spiller, make sure your expectations are adjusted accordingly.
Posted: 10/16/2013 6:05pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) said he wasn't 100 percent healthy in Week 6. 'I still feel like I'm not exploding,' he said.
Huddle Up: Spiller gets another relatively tough matchup this week against a Dolphins defense that is getting healthy after a bye week. All it takes is one big run, but this could be a rough week for the Bills in general.
Posted: 10/11/2013 3:50pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 11, and is questionable for Week 6.
Huddle Up: Expect Spiller to play but split time once again with Fred Jackson. If it weren't for a long run last week, Spiller's game would had been a fantasy disaster. He should be healthier this week though. However, Spiller probably doesn't warrant anything more than a flex play against the Bengals' tough defense. Probably not what Spiller owners wanted to hear in Week 6 after drafting him in the first round.
Posted: 10/11/2013 12:16am et
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) has been moving around better than he did last week. 'Much better than last week,' Marrone said. 'He's moving on it and cutting on it. Those are the things he wasn't able to do last week on it. He's progressed quite well. We're excited.'
Huddle Up: Spiller did just fine (66 yards, TD) in Week 5 for a RB who was close to not suiting up at all. Of more concern to his fantasy owners should be all the work backfield mate Fred Jackson is getting and the tough Cincy defense coming to town Sunday.
Posted: 10/3/2013 7:43pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) will play in the team's Week 5 game against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, Oct. 3.
Huddle Up: Spiller is active, but that puts the onus back on fantasy GMs with the RB at something less than 100 percent on a short week and still involved in a time share with Fred Jackson also active. Bottom line: He's there if you need him, but don't set your expectations too high.
Posted: 10/2/2013 7:15pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 2, and is questionable for Week 5.
Huddle Up: Spiller is a risky fantasy play this week even if he's active. The Browns are tough against the run and a gimpy Spiller will be nothing more than a flex start at best this week. It may be a blessing in disguise for Spiller owners if he doesn't play on Thursday given his slow start to the season.