The New Orleans Saints have finally made it known that running back C.J. Spiller will not suit up against the Arizona Cardinals in week one. Per Ian Rapoport, Spiller is still recovering from minor knee surgery and will sit out the first game of the season, but should be able to return in week two.
#Saints RB CJ Spiller (knee) will not play in Week 1, I’m told, as he recovers from that minor knee surgery. Likely good to go after that
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 9, 2015
It’s not a huge shock, since knee injuries can be problematic injuries even when minor, while Spiller has quite a troublesome injury history. This looks more like the Saints don’t want to force the issue, however, while they still have solid depth at the position, so there is no real reason to rush Spiller into action.
The immediate question, of course, is who swallows up Spiller’s passing down snaps? Surprisingly, that could actually end up being Tim Hightower. No, he still exists and he actually has good passing down chops. He and Khiry Robinson could both factor into the running and passing game behind starter Mark Ingram, but Ingram is obviously inching closer to full-blown feature back status for the first game of 2015. That could mean huge things for Mark Ingram in fantasy football to start the season, while he was already looking like a solid value buy with a paltry $5.6 price tag on daily fantasy sites like DraftKings.
Give Hightower and Robinson a mini boost for week one, but Ingram can now be expected to have as big of a role as ever. That could go either way on the road against a Cardinals defense that was flat out nasty in 2014, but Ingram proved last year he has the ability to carry a full load and beat just about any matchup. Naturally, that makes Ingram one of the better lower priced DFS plays of the week, while also locking him into full “start” status in season long fantasy football leagues.