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28 C.J. Spiller RB
Height/Weight: 5-11/200 | Birthdate: 8/5/1987 | Birthplace: Lake Butler, FL, USA | Team: Buffalo | College: Clemson | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 97/57 | Average Draft Position: 41.67
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Fred Jackson gets the start, outperforms C.J. Spiller Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Bills running back C.J. Spiller shared first-team reps with Fred Jackson Saturday night against the Steelers in preseason action.

Spiller returned the opening kickoff and took a backseat to Jackson on offense. Both running backs played the entire first half.

Jackson earned the start and was heavily involved on both facets of the offense. He took six handoffs for 27 yards, averaging 4.5 yards per attempt. He caught all of his seven targets for 28 yards. Spiller had six carries for 16 yards, averaging 2.7 yards per attempt. He was not targeted by EJ Manuel in the passing game.

Bills have 'not been contacted by any team' about C.J. Spiller


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Bills general manager Doug Whaley said he has not had any discussions about trading running back C.J. Spiller, according to CBSSports.com NFL Writer Will Brinson.

"We have not been contacted by any team about C.J. Spiller. These rumors are news to me," Whaley said. "It's exciting I guess to you guys because it gives you something to fill the newspaper with. 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."


Bryce Brown the odd man out?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Bills coach Doug Marrone said he prefers to use two running backs, not three. That's presumably bad news for newly-acquired Bryce Brown, who's behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.

"I don’t know if I want to get it down to three. I’ve never been a guy that has three backs playing in the game," Marrone told ESPN.com. "I’ve always believed, and you guys know, in the two backs. It’ll come down to two backs; the two backs going in there."


C.J. Spiller gets one touch in Hall of Fame Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Bills running back C.J. Spiller had an uneventful start to exhibition play on Sunday against the Giants. Spiller took the opening handoff for a gain of two yards during the first series on offense. It was his only touch of the night, as the first-team offense was pulled after two series.

Spiller will look for more touches during the team's second preseason game, Friday night at Carolina.

Doug Marrone: C.J. Spiller 'looks more explosive' this year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Bills coach Doug Marrone said running back C.J. Spiller "looks more explosive than he did during the season last year." Spiller was bothered by a high ankle sprain much of last season, when he ran for 927 yards and two touchdowns.

Bills' OC: C.J. Spiller needs the ball more


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said running back C.J. Spiller needs more touches. The comment came in response to a question about Spiller's yards per catch declining from 10.7 in 2012 to 5.6 last year.

"We just have to give him the ball more," Hackett said. "When you look at any situation when you have a player like C.J., you want to get him out there a whole bunch. You want to throw him the ball, you want to hand him the ball off and that’s one thing that we have to do. He’s a great player and we have to feature him just like we have to feature a lot of guys.

"It’s about getting more plays, getting more opportunities to get him out there, keeping the quarterback in there consistent and making sure we have a guy in there that knows what we want to do and keep him in there. We want to be able to distribute the ball across the field."


La Canfora: C.J. Spiller could be dealt from Buffalo


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/26/2014) CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported from Buffalo that in the event another team comes calling for a running back, the Bills would consider moving C.J. Spiller in a deal. The speedster is in the final year of his contract and talks about an extension have not gone well. 

"I anticipate Fred Jackson being a Bill for life, and he could end up with a few new years on his deal, and the speed of Bryce Brown is impressive. Anthony Dixon supplies depth," La Canfora wrote. "A trade market for Spiller could well develop over the next month."


Bills hope to give C.J. Spiller 20 touches per game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) The Bills' official website says C.J. Spiller remains the "bell cow" among the top four running backs and notes Spiller "is healthy again and back to his elusive and explosive self." If the offense operates at peak efficiency, Spiller is likely to receive 20 touches per game, the website says.

Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said the presence of Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon enables the team to move Spiller around and use him as a receiver.

"You could put him all over the place," Hackett said. "When you’re healthy and you have depth at that position, you have the ability to do a lot of different things with running backs, especially with someone as dynamic as C.J."


C.J. Spiller back to 'cutting on a dime'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Running back C.J. Spiller was one of the Bills' most impressive performers at OTAs, according to the team's website. "Seeing Spiller fully healthy would’ve been enough for most, but just to see the dynamic weapon that he is coming out of the backfield and in space is still fun to watch even now in his fifth NFL season," the report said.

"Bobbing and weaving through would-be tacklers and back to cutting on a dime, the offensive coaches seem eager to expand the ways in which he’ll be used on the field this fall."

Spiller's ankle hampered him throughout the 2013 season, though he missed just one game.


Report: Bills won't extend C.J. Spiller until after the year


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/13/2014) The Bills' official team website believes that both the organization and running back C.J. Spiller want to let the 2014 season play out before negotiating a contract extension. Spiller is entering the last year of his contract and wants to stay with the team for the long haul but the coaching staff could be on the hot seat if they don't push for the playoffs this year. 

The site is also encouraged by offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett's plans to use Spiller in a number of ways. 


C.J. Spiller declares himself healthy


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/30/2014) Bills running back C.J. Spiller said Friday that he feels great and doesn't feel anything stemming from the ankle problems he had last season. Per the official team website, he had no hitch in his running when he practiced during recent OTAs. 

"This is the best I've felt since 2012 when I had that great year," Spiller said. "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."

A report earlier this week suggested Spiller's role will be more defined and expanded in 2014. After averaging 6.0 yards per carry and 10.7 yards per catch in 2012, he had 4.6 yards per carry and 5.6 yards per catch last season with just two total touchdowns. 


C.J. Spiller should be better this year


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/27/2014) Bills running back C.J. Spiller could be in line for an "expanded role" this season, reports the radio station WGR 550 AM in Buffalo.

The report says the Bills didn't use Spiller in the right way in 2013, but his role will be more defined and bigger. He won't be used as a workhorse back with Fred Jackson and Bryce Brown on the roster, but he should be in line for "a bigger output from both a snap count and yardage perspective in 2014."

Spiller should be healthy, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett understands where he works best and Spiller is motivated not only by doubters, but by an expiring contract at the end of the year.


Early projections for the Bills RBs


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/6/2014) I spent a little time Monday digging into the Bills running backs and what should be expected from them in 2014. Maybe it's just the upside of C.J. Spiller that has me pumped, or maybe it's the obvious red flags parading around Fred Jackson, but I have the younger, faster running back outperforming the old owl who scored 10 touchdowns last season. 

You can read about it here. One of my favorite nuggets from research: Only two of C.J. Spiller's 12 career rushing touchdowns came from 5 yards or closer. By comparison, seven on nine touchdowns by Fred Jackson last year alone came from 5 yards or closer. It's the roles these guys have that should keep stat trends like that going, and keeping Jackson relevant in Fantasy after all. 


C.J. Spiller jokes he's at '28 percent'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/22/2014) Bills running back C.J. Spiller told the media Tuesday that he feels "28 percent" following the nagging injuries he had last season. What Spiller meant is that he's feeling good and ready for the offseason workouts, saying all of the injury is "all behind me."

"I feel good. Did a lot of things in this offseason to try to see where I was at and it responded well," Spiller said. "I will continue to do what I need to do to make sure I'm ready to go come September, but for the most part I feel pretty good. ...  I'm ready to get back on the field and really start playing again."

Spiller said he's not concerned about his contract status and is more focused on being ready for camp. Spiller is entering a contract year in 2014. 


Bills dedicated to C.J. Spiller, rejected trade overtures from Philly


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/14/2014) The Eagles traded for Darren Sproles earlier this offseason but inquired about another running back before then. Bills rusher C.J. Spiller was also a target of the Eagles, but the Bills shut down any trade talks before they got serious, Comcast Sportsnet reported. 

C.J. Spiller's ankle 'responding pretty well'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Bills running back C.J. Spiller told WGR Sportsradio 550 that the ankle that bothered him throughout the 2013 season is coming along nicely.

“The ankle has been responding pretty well since the offseason started, being able to plant and cut, so I definitely feel that explosion coming back to how I was in 2012,” said Spiller, who's working out in California with quarterback EJ Manuel.


Marrone still confident in (healthy) C.J. Spiller


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) Bills coach Doug Marrone said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings that he remains hopeful of what running back C.J. Spiller can do when healthy.

Spiller battled an ankle injury throughout the 2013 season and finished with 201 carries for 927 yards and two touchdowns and 33 catches for 185 yards. This was a significant drop-off from his performance in 2012 when he had more than 1,700 total yards and eight touchdowns on just 16 more total touches.

Spiller missed one game in 2013 with the ankle injury.

"I'm curious to see him when he's healthy and doesn't have those nagging injuries," Marrone said. "Those injuries kept him back a little bit. He was in a tough position. He wasn't in a position where he wanted to take a couple of weeks off. He's not that type of kid. He wants to play. He would feel like he would let down the team. He'd fight and come back every week and play. He's a playmaker, and we want to get him to make more plays."


C.J. Spiller won't request a trade


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2013) Bills running back C.J. Spiller, who battled an ankle injury en route to a highly disappointing season, ruled out requesting a trade, reports the Buffalo News. Spiller said he has no reason to want to leave Buffalo and he still believes he can "really, really explode" in this offense.

Splitting carries with Fred Jackson, Spiller ran for 927 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games after setting season goals of 1,500 rushing yards and 15 total touchdowns. Spiller averaged 4.6 yards per carry, well below the 6.0 ypc he was aiming for.


Strong second half gives C.J. Spiller 105 on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Bills running back C.J. Spiller excelled early, disappeared, then reappeared Sunday against New England.

Spiller bolted right for a 24-yard run in his team's first possession of the game, but followed with just 10 yards in his next six carries as backfield mate Fred Jackson heated up and carried most of the load.

But Spiller came on strong in the second half and finished with his fourth 100-yard performance of the season. He had 105 yards on 19 carries and added 28 yards on five receptions in the game. He ends the season with 927 yards on the ground.


Bills two-headed backfield beast worthy Fantasy options


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Fantasy owners of C.J. Spiller or Fred Jackson should not be deceived. The dynamic backfield duo were both fine plays in Week 16, but that is a rare rather than typical occurrence.

The Bills were in the process of a stunningly easy shutout victory over Miami, which allowed them to feed the two-headed beast. Jackson had a season-high 19 carries, rushing for 111 yards and a touchdown. Spiller added 20 attempts, his second-highest total of the year, and produced 77 yards along with three receptions for 26 more.

That luxury will almost certainly not be repeated against New England on the road. The Patriots powerful offense will likely force the Bills to throw the ball far more than they did against the Dolphins whether or not quarterback EJ Manuel is healthy enough to play.

Spiller is averaging 4.5 YPC this season while Jackson is at 4.3 and a bit more productive as a pass-catcher. They are both pretty strong No. 2 Fantasy options, but one always takes the risk of poor results because they share the backfield. The Patriots rank 29th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed (1,976) and 24th in average YPC (4.4). So keep either one in your lineup. Just understand that it's a risk.


C.J. Spiller tops 100 all-purpose yards in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Bills running back C.J. Spiller received plenty of work Sunday, in a 19-0 win over the Dolphins.

Spiller rushed the ball 20 times to lead the team, though he finished behind Fred Jackson with 77 yards on the ground. He added three receptions for 26 yards, giving him just his fourth game of the season with at least 100 all-purpose yards.

Spiller has been a disappointment this season, as he has been unable to break out of his timeshare with Jackson. He enters Week 17 against the Patriots with 822 yards on the ground and 157 through the air.   


C.J. Spiller looking for more success vs. Miami


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2013) The last time C.J. Spiller and the Bills faced off against the Dolphins, both sides were in very different positions then they are for Week 16's matchups.

Entering that Week 7 matchup, Spiller has been limited to just 18 carries in his previous two games, as a result of an ankle injury that limited him for much of the first half of the season. He would finish that game against Miami with just 11 yards on six carries. Over his last four games, however, Spiller has received at least 11 carries in each game, as he continues to work his way past the injury.

Unfortunately, Spiller's workload is increasing right into a matchup against an improving Dolphins' defense. Though Miami still allows the 10th-most Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, only one has topped double figures over the last five games.

Spiller is still splitting carries, a scenario that makes him a risky Fantasy start against even the best matchups. Against a defense that has tightened up against the ground in recent weeks, Spiller is best used as a low-end starting option in Week 16. 


C.J. Spiller doesn't play a huge role Week 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Bills running back C.J. Spiller didn't play a huge role in the team's win Week 15 against the Jaguars.

Spiller carried the ball 13 times for 67 yards. Though Fred Jackson received more work, Spiller had a better yard per carry average. Spiller's boom or bust tendencies were apparent during the game. He had four runs of 10+ yards, and five that went for 1 yard or fewer. After his longest run of the day, Spiller was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, which earned him some time on the bench. He also caught a pass for 1 yard. Spiller's other target was picked off by Jacksonville. Spiller will face Miami Week 16.


C.J. Spiller looking at strong matchup Week 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2013) Bills running back C.J. Spiller is looking at a strong matchup Week 15 against the Jaguars. 

Jacksonville has had a tough time stopping opposing rushers, allowing them to go for 18.08 Fantasy points per game. Through 13 games, the team has allowed 16 rushing touchdowns. Opposing running back have also averaged 102.92 yards per game against Jacksonville. 

Spiller has been a Fantasy disappointment this season, but he's starting to get more work than Fred Jackson. Over the past three games, Spiller has 11 more carries than Jackson. The problem is, Spiller has done nothing with those carries in two games. He's had trouble breaking off big plays this season, while Jackson has been more of a consistent ball-carrier. Spiller remains a big risk, but the matchup is favorable Week 15.


C.J. Spiller nearly breaks off long score


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Bills running back C.J. Spiller nearly had a big game in Week 14 against the Buccaneers, but one holding penalty erased a game-changing play in a 27-6 loss.

Spiller finished the game with a paltry 48 yards of total offense, but could have easily topped 100 if not for one untimely penalty. Spiller caught a pass in the fourth quarter and easily outran the Buccaneers defense for an 83-yard score, but the gain was called back thanks to a holding penalty behind the play.

Spiller was rewarded with a 26-yard reception on the play, his lone reception of the game. He added just 22 yards on a team-high 11 carries.

Spiller's role in Week 14 was his smallest in three games, but that could have been a result of the Bills playing from behind for much of the game. He will look for more success in Week 15, when the Bills take on the Jaguars.