C.J. Spiller is trying to resurrect his career with the Chiefs after he signed in Kansas City this offseason. Spiller was once a Fantasy standout with the Bills, but he flopped as a free agent with the Saints and bounced around the NFL in 2016, where his last stop was with the Jets. Spiller appeared in six games last year and had six carries for 18 yards and six catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. He had a dominant year in 2012 with the Bills with 207 carries for 1,244 yards (6.0 yards per carry) and six touchdowns and 43 catches for 459 yards and two touchdowns, and he also did well in 2013 with Buffalo with 201 carries for 927 yards (4.6 yards per carry) and two touchdowns and 33 catches for 185 yards. But those days seem like long ago. He'll be 30 this year, and he's looking for playing time in Kansas City behind Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West, as well as receiver Tyreek Hill. We doubt Spiller makes much of an impact with the Chiefs, and he's not worth drafting in the majority of leagues.
Spiller believes he can revitalize his career in Kansas City, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports. Once viewed as an upper-tier fantasy back, Spiller has been a major disappointment the last two seasons. He's bounced around among the Saints, Jets and Seahawks during that span, playing in 19 games and averaging just 3.1 yards per carry. In addition to his lack of productivity, Spiller has dealt with a myriad of injuries, including a knee issue that required surgery in 2015. After inking a contract with the Chiefs in February, the 29-year-old believes he's as healthy as he's ever been, but he may need a standout training camp to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Though the Chiefs bid adieu to longtime bell cow Jamaal Charles, holdovers Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West and second-round pick Kareem Hunt will likely open camp ahead of Spiller on the depth chart.
Spiller signed a contract with the Chiefs on Friday. Though he's just 29 years old, the former No. 9 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft has settled into the journeyman phase of his career since his breakout 2012 campaign with the Bills, during which he picked up a career-high 1,244 yards on 6.0 yards per carry. Following his exit from Buffalo after the 2014 season, Spiller has had abbreviated stints with the Saints, Seahawks and Jets, finding little success at any stop. The Chiefs will likely bring Spiller to training camp with the hope that he can still offer some value as a third-down back or returner, but even if he's able to win a spot on the 53-man roster, he likely won't see enough touches to approach fantasy relevance in most leagues.
Spiller was waived by the Jets on Tuesday, Eric Allen of the team's official site reports. Spiller was signed by the Jets a little over a month ago, but failed to make an impact in the offense, rushing the ball three times and recording one reception in four games. The veteran will now look to join his fourth team this season as the Jets will rely on Matt Forte and Bilal Powell to close out the year.
Spiller rushed once for four yards and returned three kickoffs for 59 yards during Sunday's 9-6 loss to the Rams. Spiller is firmly planted behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell on the depth chart, and as long as those two are healthy, his fantasy upside is extremely limited.
Spiller will sign with the Jets, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Spiller has been in talks with the Jets but recently gave them a definitive "yes." He will give New York depth at running back behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell, but given the duo's heavy touch share, it is unlikely that Spiller will see significant action in the Jets offense, barring injuries.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||@New England Patriots||9||15.26|
|3||09/24||@Los Angeles Chargers||27||19.88|
|11||11/19||@New York Giants||7||14.88|
|13||12/03||@New York Jets||15||17.00|
|15||12/17||Los Angeles Chargers||27||19.88|
|3 Year Avg||40||143||0||20||138||1||33|