Spiller (leg) gained 112 yards on 36 carries and 239 yards on 34 receptions in 13 games in his first season with the Saints. 2015 was an unmitigated disaster for Spiller, as he failed to meet fantasy owners' high expectations after signing with the Saints this offseason. Rather than serving as the Saints' backfield pass-catching option, a la Reggie Bush or Darren Sproles, Spiller missed nearly all of training camp following arthroscopic knee surgery and struggled to earn playing time after he returned to health. Spiller is still under contract for another three years, but with Mark Ingram emerging as a receiver and Tim Hightower exploding back onto the NFL scene, not to mention the possible return of Khiry Robinson, Spiller will likely enter a crowded Saints' backfield in 2016.
Spiller (leg) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Evan Woodbery of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Spiller's tenure with the Saints got off to a rocky start, as arthroscopic knee surgery was ordered up in the midst of the preseason slate. After missing the season opener, Spiller played in the Saints' next 13 games and even avoided the injury report after Week 2. However, he was suddenly inactive this past Sunday, and after he was placed on IR, Woodbery relayed that Spiller had difficulty regaining strength in his leg following the procedure. In the end, Spiller mustered only 36 rushes for 112 yards, 34 catches (on 44 targets) for 239 yards, and two receiving touchdowns in what could be his only campaign in New Orleans.
Spiller is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Jaguars, Evan Woodbery of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. In two games since Ingram sustained a season-ending torn rotator cuff, Spiller hasn't seen an appreciable uptick in usage, while tallying five carries for four yards and five receptions (on eight targets) for 23 yards. The Saints will likely turn to Travaris Cadet to fill Spiller's change-of-pace role behind Tim Hightower.
Spiller caught two of five targets for 16 yards and added two yards on two rushes in Monday's loss to Detroit. First, the dynamic Spiller was supposed to add a new dimension to the Saint's at the start of the season. Then he was going to come into his own following the injury to Mark Ingram. Fantasy owners who have stuck with Spiller have regretted it more often than not. Spiller hasn't topped 50 total yards since Week 4 and is in the middle of a six-game scoreless streak. Fantasy playoffs is not the time to role the dice again, especially with a hobbled-if-not-sidelined Drew Brees.
Spiller gained two yards on three carries and secured all three of his targets for seven yards in Sunday's 24-17 victory over the Buccaneers. It was a disappointing performance for the six-year pro, who was expected to have a considerably more extensive role due to Mark Ingram's season-ending shoulder injury, and because backfield mate Tim Hightower was starting his first game in over four years. However, the Saints chose to roll with Hightower to the tune of 28 carries against a stalwart Bucs front seven. Meanwhile, Drew Brees primarily focused on his downfield targets when putting the ball in the air, with two receivers and tight end Watson all averaging at least 10 yards per reception on the afternoon. Now that Hightower has proven his mettle in taking on a voluminous workload, it remains to be seen if the New Orleans' remaining three contests will yield any significant opportunity for Spiller.
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