C.J. Spiller
C.J. Spiller
31-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a contract with the Chiefs in January of 2018.
Inactive Saturday
RBKansas City Chiefs
Coach's Decision
January 6, 2018
Spiller (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's game against the Titans, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Spiller found himself back in Kansas City earlier this week when Akeem Hunt (ankle) landed on injured reserve. That said, the backfield rides the coattails of Kareem Hunt, so Spiller's services won't be needed with strategic decisions made elsewhere on the game-day roster. Behind Kareem Hunt, Charcandrick West and Anthony Sherman will take any residual reps that don't go to the top running back.
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Measurables Review
How do C.J. Spiller's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 11"
200 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.27 sec
Bench Press
18 reps
Hand Length
10.13 in
Arm Length
30.50 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Spiller has failed to live up to his lofty draft selection (ninth overall) by the Bills in 2010, topping 1,000 yards rushing just once over his first seven professional campaigns. With nagging injuries a factor, Spiller spent the last two seasons buried on depth charts, carrying the ball just 36 times for 112 yards for the Saints in 2015 (though he added 34 catches for 239 yards and two touchdowns) and only six times for 18 yards with six receptions last year between his time with the Jets and Seahawks. The veteran can still contribute on special teams as a returner, however. He's now in the Chiefs' backup RB mix, along with Charcandrick West, behind promising rookie starter Kareem Hunt.
Although Spiller was in uniform for 13 games in his New Orleans debut, the Saints showed little interest in using him. Spiller threw everyone off the scent with an electrifying 80-yard touchdown catch in Week 4 — a game-winning overtime TD that was in prime time, no less — but he only had two yards from scrimmage the following week. After the season, the Saints claimed Spiller was battling a knee problem all year, but given the team's track record with injury disclosures, we're suspicious of that narrative. Spiller's been a major fantasy disappointment for two straight years — and he was a mild disappointment in 2013 — so we're prepared to be reactive, not proactive, to his name this year. He turns 29 in August, so the window is almost closed for good.
Spiller's tenure in Buffalo ended with a whimper as a broken collarbone cost him seven games and former head coach Doug Marrone's insistence on trying to run up the middle resulted in plenty of negative yardage behind a mediocre offensive line. Slightly undersized for a feature back at 5-11, 200, Spiller's burst and speed remain elite, and his agility and elusiveness make him a threat for a big gain any time he gets to the second level. While he's only adequate in pass protection, his receiving skills are excellent, and he represents an upgrade in that department for the Saints over Pierre Thomas. Spiller has battled injuries the last two seasons, but even after five seasons in the NFL his legs remain fairly fresh, thanks to sharing the load with Fred Jackson. That may not change much with his new team as Mark Ingram remains atop the depth chart, so Spiller's role in New Orleans could even be less than what he was used to in Buffalo. Ingram's no stranger to injury, though, and even if he stays healthy, expect Drew Brees and coach Sean Payton to find ways to take advantage of Spiller's ability in space.
Although Spiller suited up for 15 games last season, he was severely limited for much of the year by a nagging ankle injury, which sapped his explosiveness and limited his carries. Set to assume a bigger workload entering the year, he ended up ceding 206 rushing attempts and 66 pass targets to the 32-year-old Fred Jackson. However, Spiller seemed to get healthier over the season's last three games – averaging 4.8 yards per carry in that span – and appears strongly motivated by last season's failures to come back and have the big year that had been expected from him. Fantasy owners would be wise to remember that Spiller averaged a ridiculous 6.0 YPC on 207 carries just two years ago, and at 26 years old with relatively limited mileage, he's in a good place. The newly acquired Bryce Brown will surely figure into the mix, and Old Man Jackson's still around for his share, but a healthy Spiller could hit 250 carries in what's likely to be a run-reliant Buffalo offense and should return to being a major factor through the air when the Bills do pass the ball. The one big downer is that Spiller doesn't factor into much goal-line work – at 5-11 and 200, he's not very strong, and the Bills have shied away from using him in short-yardage situations. Of course, he does have breakaway speed, and when healthy, is good for quite a few long runs that end in paydirt. Even last year, he had eight runs of more than 20 yards, and the year before, he had a dozen.
That Spiller did not see more than 250 touches in 2012 is mindboggling, considering he averaged an eye-popping 6.0 YPC – a mark only five other running backs in NFL history (min. 200 carries) have reached – while adding 10.7 yards per reception (2nd last season). At 5-11, 200, Spiller is blazingly fast (he clocked a 4.37 40 at the Combine in 2010) and elusive in the open field. His 12 runs of 20-plus yards and five runs of 40-plus were both second only to Adrian Peterson, and his 12.1 average yards after the catch ranked first in the league among running backs. The uncertain quarterback situation this season might make Spiller's life more difficult as he'll be the focal point of defenses. But the only thing that slowed him last season was sharing carries with Fred Jackson. A new coaching staff in Buffalo likely won't suppress Spiller's workload this season, as Jackson is 32, coming off an MCL sprain and probably headed for a complementary role. Whether Spiller can hold up to a workload approaching 300 carries remains to be seen, but if he does, he has No. 1 overall upside.
Spiller didn’t receive double-digit carries in any of the first 24 games of his career, but when Fred Jackson went down with a season-ending injury in Week 11, Spiller responded surprisingly well. Over the final six games, he totaled 633 yards with five touchdowns. Spiller also improved greatly as a blocker, proved to be a major threat as a receiver and got 5.2 YPC while holding up just fine with a bigger workload. He’s capable of finishing as a top-10 fantasy back in 2012, were he given the opportunity. However, even while missing the final six games, Jackson was graded by Pro Football Focus as the league’s No. 1 running back last season. There’s going to be serious competition in Buffalo’s backfield, likely resulting in a committee that stifles both players' value to some degree when you compare it to their excellent skill sets.
It would be foolish to write off last year’s ninth overall pick completely, but Spiller fumbled five times on just 74 rushing attempts and struggled mightily in pass protection. Failing to gain any trust among Buffalo’s coaching staff, Spiller didn’t receive double-digit carries in a single game. After scoring 21 touchdowns from 50-plus yards during his collegiate career, Spiller produced just two plays that went for 20-plus yards as a rookie. At his season-ending press conference, coach Chan Gailey referred to Spiller as a “Reggie Bush type back,” which is not an endorsement of Spiller’s ability to log heavy carries. This is Fred Jackson’s backfield in Buffalo.
Spiller ran for 1,212 yards on a career-high 216 carries and added 503 receiving yards and four scores through the air during his final season at Clemson. There’s no doubting Spiller’s explosive ability – his 4.37 40 was the second fastest at the Combine and 21 of his 52 touchdowns at Clemson were from more than 50 yards out. However, he averaged just 151.5 rushing attempts during his four years at Clemson, and while it was impressive he was able to play through a painful toe injury that required frequent injections during his senior year, Spiller’s durability is in question. Marshawn Lynch is a candidate to be traded, but Fred Jackson is still the favorite to lead Buffalo in carries, and this is a team with a bad quarterback situation and an offensive line in even worse shape. The Bills envision Spiller getting about a dozen carries per game, and he’ll likely add 3-4 catches as well, but don’t expect much action at the goal line. Spiller is a special talent, so he could produce good yardage despite failing to total 250 touches, but he’s locked in a timeshare on a bad offense, limiting his upside for 2010. The long-term prognosis looks very good, however.
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Re-signs with Kansas City amid backfield injuries
RBKansas City Chiefs
January 2, 2018
Spiller signed a contract with the Chiefs on Tuesday, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.
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Cut by Chiefs
RBFree Agent
October 23, 2017
The Chiefs released Spiller on Monday, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.
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Limited action in return
RBKansas City Chiefs
October 22, 2017
Spiller carried twice for no yards and failed to haul in either of his two targets Thursday against the Raiders.
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Signing with Chiefs again
RBFree Agent
October 16, 2017
The Chiefs are re-signing Spiller, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.
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Released by Chiefs
RBFree Agent
September 16, 2017
Spiller was once again released by the Chiefs on Saturday, Terez A. Paylor of KansasCity.com reports.
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