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|Spiller spent the first year and a half of his career making Bills management look like fools for using the 9th pick in the 2010 rookie draft to acquire him. However, Fred Jacksonís season-ending leg injury thrust Spiller into the starting lineup and he played far better than anyone could have anticipated over the balance of the season. After a poor performance in his first game as a starter, Spiller accumulated 446 yards rushing, 187 receiving yards and scored five touchdowns over his last six games, hitting double-digit fantasy points four times. That means Spiller has solidified his standing as the Bills running back of the future. What it doesnít mean is that he has earned a huge role in 2012. Jackson was a beast when healthy in 2011 and signed a two-year contract extension in the offseason. The expectation is that he will get the majority of the touches in the Bills backfield but that Spillerís use wonít be as minimal as it was when Jackson was healthy. Consider Spiller a high-end RB4 with upside.
|Spiller a good bet to remain on the roster? -- Mon Feb 1 7:25 pm --|
Will be cheaper to keep than to cut prior to June 1
|C.J. Spiller's first year in New Orleans was a flop, partly because of a minor knee surgery he underwent during training camp. But if the Saints cut him before June 1, he will actually count more against the cap ($5.3 million) than if they keep him. So there's a good chance they'll give him another summer to regain his spark. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: With Mark Ingram, Spiller, Khiry Robinson and Tim Hightower among others on the roster, the expectation is the Saints will be able to "downsize" at running back this season. There is still much mystery as to why Spiller became such an afterthought in his first year in New Orleans. An injury-free offseason will be huge for Spiller, who could be a late-round fantasy value this summer if he is able to seize the Darren Sproles/Pierre Thomas role many thought he might earn last year.
| Spiller won't need another knee surgery -- Thu Dec 31 7:25 pm --|
HC Sean Payton: "I was frustrated for him"
|New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said he doesn't think C.J. Spiller needs a second surgery after being placed on injured reserve Wednesday. Spiller played only sporadically but never expressed his frustration about his involvement in the offseason.
"Not once during the year was he ever complaining about touches," Payton said. "He's been fantastic in his preparation. ... He's someone that I know we as an organization and certainly myself as a head coach working with the offense are excited to see that through. I do feel like he's got some unique skill sets and I was frustrated for him at times because he was 100 percent and wasn't back fully with the strength in his leg to do some of the things you're used to seeing." (New Orleans Time-Picayune)|
FF Today's Take: This is interesting take for Payton, who spent a lot of time over the first half of the season saying he was trying to find a way to get Spiller touches when he could have simply said his prized free agent needed to regain his explosion. Assuming Spiller returns - and it sounds like Payton wants that to happen - he'll make for an interesting post-hype mid-to-late round fantasy option as many owners try to steer clear from one of fantasy's biggest disappointments this season.
| Mark Ingram placed on IR -- Wed Dec 9 5:00 pm --|
|New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has been placed on injured reserve.
Ingram reportedly injured his shoulder, and was not present during the portion of practice open to the media on Wednesday. He was officially placed on IR Wednesday afternoon.
FF Today's Take: The Saints worst fears were confirmed after tests on Mark Ingram's shoulder this afternoon. This marks the third straight season that Ingram has failed to stay healthy. The door is wide open for C.J. Spiller to become the lead back a what will probably become a RBBC with Tim Hightower also factoring into the mix. Both running backs are worth picking up with Spiller getting more value in PPR formats.
| Mark Ingram dealing with serious shoulder issue? -- Wed Dec 9 1:29 pm --|
Could be season-ending
|I'm told Saints RB Mark Ingram is dealing with a serious shoulder injury. There is some fear it could be season ending. (Rand Getlin on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: If true, this would be another huge blow to the fantasy running back position as Ingram has been a top five performer on the season. Tim Hightower and C.J. Spiller are next up on the depth chart. It's difficult to imagine either one taking on Ingram's full workload. Some form of RBBC would likely take place.