New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson carried the ball six times for 16 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown plunge, and caught two passes on four targets for five yards in the defeat of Dallas on Sunday.
After an apparent Mark Ingram touchdown run was (questionably) overturned, Robinson took the next carry into the end zone for the score, much to the chagrin of Ingram owners. Robinson has now scored in back-to-back weeks, as it's clear the Saints are comfortable using him around the goal line as he continues to see some limited action in both the running game and passing game, even following the return of C.J. Spiller.
Though his upside will continue to be capped by a committee approach, Robinson still has some weekly value and remains the clear handcuff to Ingram. Week 5, however, brings a difficult matchup against the Eagles.
New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller caught an 80-yard touchdown pass on the second play of overtime in Sunday's 26-20 win over the Dallas Cowboys .
Spiller burnt one defender then broke a tackle, and it was off to the races from there. He otherwise had a quiet night, finishing with five catches for 99 yards and a touchdown on five targets, with another 10 yards on just two carries. Mark Ingram was once again a big part of the passing game, catching six balls for 51 yards on seven targets, in addition to his 17 carries for 77 yards. Ingram led the way with 41 snaps in regulation, followed by Spiller's 20 and Khiry Robinson 's 10, according to Pro Football Focus. Although the split could work more in Spiller's favor when the Saints have to play catch-up, Ingram's improved pass-catching ability still seems to put a pretty low ceiling on Spiller's volume.
"I got to get him more opportunities," Payton said, per NOLA.com. "He's healthy, and shoot, he needs more than anybody to stay actively warm as opposed to one play every 12 of 14 plays."
Spiller, who missed the preseason and season opener due to arthroscopic knee surgery, played seven snaps in Week 2 and 16 snaps Sunday.
"The first half flew by, so our snap totals were a little lower than normal," Payton said. "I got to keep finding opportunities for his touches."
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Spiller was limited to just seven snaps in Week 2, his first game this season after missing the opener with a knee injury, but he finished with six fewer carries than backup Khiry Robinson.
Mark Ingram looks to have a firm hold on the majority of touches out of the backfield, leaving few opportunities for Spiller to make much of a fantasy impact.
Perhaps Spiller will get more chances when his team hosts Dallas next Sunday night.
Spiller did not play in the regular-season opener as he finished up his recovery from mid-August knee surgery, and while he was active for the game, he was always expected to be on a snap count. Because of that, his fantasy upside was always going to be limited, and with the Saints' offensive line struggling to protect quarterback Drew Brees, there was little Spiller could contribute.
Mark Ingram, who had 16 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown, is expected to continue to get a majority of the carries, leaving Spiller few opportunities to make an impact each week.
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