C.J. Spiller | RB | Buffalo Bills
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.
Posted: 10/1/2013 5:49pm et
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Oct. 1.
Huddle Up: So it seems Spiller didn't practice after all. It's not looking good for him this week.
Posted: 10/1/2013 5:15pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) is participating in practice Tuesday, Oct. 1.
Huddle Up: This is encouraging, but Spiller doesn't have a great matchup this week against the Browns. Proceed with caution.
Posted: 9/30/2013 4:25pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) will be able to play Week 5 even though he suffered a sprained ankle in the team's Week 4 game.
Huddle Up: Well that was a fast decision. He is still a dubious start given the short week and matchup. Of course it would be like the fantasy gods to give him a huge game after everyone jumped off his bandwagon.
Posted: 9/30/2013 1:50pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) said he will receive treatment on his injured ankle this week and will test the ankle before the team's Week 5 game. He said he believes he will be able to play if his ankle is around 80 to 85 percent.
Huddle Up: It's going to be tough to trust Spiller on a short week. This is especially considering how ineffective he has been this season.
Posted: 9/30/2013 12:53am et
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in the Week 4 game, and his status for the Week 5 game Thursday, Oct. 3, against the Cleveland Browns is uncertain. Spiller said Sunday, Sept. 29, that X-rays revealed no structure damage, and the injury is believed to be just a sprain.
Huddle Up: With a short week, it's going to be difficult to count on Spiller, who hasn't been able to get things going at all this season. He is going to be a great buy-low candidate this week.
Posted: 9/29/2013 5:17pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) left the Week 4 game with an ankle injury, and his return is questionable.
Huddle Up: This marks the second consecutive week when Spiller has left with an injury. The Bills once again did little to get him going with predictable play-calling and poor blocking.
Posted: 9/26/2013 6:00pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (quadriceps) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 26.
Huddle Up: This is good to see, it looks like he will be a full go against Baltimore this week. Hopefully he can bounce back soon.
Posted: 9/25/2013 6:00pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (thigh) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 25.
Huddle Up: This is encouraging after he was pulled from the Jets game with a mysterious injury. If only his offensive line could block.
Posted: 9/24/2013 2:24pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (thigh) has been frustrated with the lack of a running game through three games. Spiller rushed only 10 times for nine yards before leaving with an injury. 'They pretty much put a lot of people in the box and dared our passing game to beat them,' Spiller said. Rookie QB EJ Manuel was just 19-for-42 and was sacked eight times in the loss to the New York Jets in Week 3.
Huddle Up: Spiller also has frustrated with himself as he was limited to 9 yards on 10 carries in the game while running mate Fred Jackson picked up 72 yards on 7 totes. That's 2 out of 3 games now that Jackson has outrushed Spiller and he also has more catches (13-9), more receiving yards (113-29) and has the team's lone TD run this season.
Posted: 9/23/2013 12:13pm et
Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller injured his thigh in Week 3, but he's expected to play in Week 4. Spiller also said his knee was sore, but neither should keep him out of the lineup in Week 4.
Huddle Up: This was the biggest concern regarding Spiller coming into the season, how he would hold up to being a feature back. The Bills are still using plenty of Fred Jackson, and with Spiller consistently nicked that is unlikely to change. At least it sounds like Spiller will be back to get his usual allotment of touches in Week 4.
Posted: 9/22/2013 7:28pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (knee) left the Week 3 game against the New York Jets in the fourth quarter, and the team is calling it a knee injury. He walked very slowly to the locker room for evaluation. Officially, his return is questionable.
Huddle Up: This was a nightmare game for Spiller, who limped off the field after a horrendous stat line. He couldn't get things going against that tough Jets front, and it has been a rather disappointing first three weeks for the stud. Hopefully his injury isn't serious.
Posted: 8/24/2013 6:20pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (knee) left the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 24, because of a knee injury but was able to return.
Huddle Up: Spiller actually suffered a cut when he was spiked in the knee. The injury looked serious for a second but there's no need for fantasy owners to worry. He's fine.
Posted: 8/7/2013 9:25am et
Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett confirmed RB C.J. Spiller will see the ball a lot this season. "It's real simple," Hackett said. "We're going to give him the ball until he throws up. So he's either got to tap out or throw up on the field. Let's just put it that way."
Huddle Up: There's a nice visual to kick off your morning: Spiller carrying such a heavy workload that he's tossing cookies. So long as C.J. isn't tapping out near the goal line, Hackett's plan is welcome news to fantasy owners.
Posted: 7/27/2013 11:00pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller could see 30 touches a game in head coach Doug Marrone's offense. Marrone's offense at Syracuse ran the ball around 40 times a game, and if Spiller remains healthy, he could see a heavy workload.
Huddle Up: While that number would make Spiller fans and fantasy owners absolutely ecstatic, it seems a tad aggressive. So long as Spiller remains the majority shareholder of Buffalo's backfield touches he should deliver on his top-10 fantasy potential.
Posted: 6/2/2013 5:24pm et
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller intimated that he expects to get the ball more in 2013, after being asked his thoughts on head coach Doug Marrone's statement that he'd go with the hot hand at running back.
Huddle Up: Spiller's rushing attempts (74-107-207) and total touches (98-146- 250) have increased in each of his 3 seasons, and barring injury, there's no reason the progression won't continue with fellow RB Fred Jackson another year older.
Posted: 5/29/2013 5:36pm et
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said the team will not take RB C.J. Spiller out of the game on short-yardage, third-down or red zone situations this season because of his size or skill set.
Huddle Up: Marrone is known for adapting his offense to his talent, and Spiller is the most explosive play-maker on the Buffalo roster. So it makes sense for the coach to find a way to keep him on the field when nearing the end zone.