Since leaving Clemson for the NFL in 2009, running back C.J Spiller has broken many fantasy football players’ hearts. While Spiller has certainly left some fantasy owners wanting more, the former Buffalo Bills running back may have found a new home in New Orleans this year. The New Orleans Saints have had very productive PPR running backs over the years and C.J. Spiller certainly has the potential to be next in line.
While the upside is certainly there, many questions surround Spiller in regards to whether he can have a breakout season in New Orleans. A history of injuries are the first that comes to mind, as Spiller saw a prominent role in Buffalo diminish due to nagging injuries. In a lesser role with the Saints, though, there’s a decent chance Spiller could avoid those same health woes. Let’s just say Spiller is healthy for a full season; in Buffalo Spiller only had one 1,000 yard rushing season (2012) and has never recorded more than six rushing touchdowns in a single season.
ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects C.J. Spiller to catch “60-plus passes” this season. The upside has always been there for Spiller if he can stay healthy, but after only appearing in nine games last season there are some concerns to be answered on the field.
The final verdict on whether or not to draft C.J Spiller this year may just be a waiting game. I myself would like to wait this one out and see how far Spiller can drop. I believe if you can find him on the board in the fifth or sixth round he has some merit in a PPR league because the Saints have always given running backs touches out of the backfield. I don’t think he deserves as much credit in standard leagues but if you can get Spiller late on draft day rolling the dice on him being healthy all year, you could steal your draft. The boom or bust player is trending upwards this year in New Orleans, and for his sake let’s hope to see him breakout as he truly is one of the most electrifying players in the league in open space.