Isaiah Spiller

#28 RB / L.A. Chargers / EXP: 0YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 215 lb Age: 20 College: Texas A&M Bye 8
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Player Outlook

We finally might have a true handcuff for Austin Ekeler in Spiller, who the Chargers selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft from Texas A&M. Spiller will have to prove he's better than Joshua Kelley and Larry Rountree in training camp, but we expect that to happen after both struggled in 2021. Spiller profiles as a bigger version of Ekeler, and Spiller has the ability to work as a pass-catcher out of the backfield as well. He might cut into the workload for Ekeler when both are healthy, but Spiller could be a lottery ticket if Ekeler ever misses time. We like Spiller as a late-round pick in seasonal leagues, with his value slightly higher in PPR. And in rookie-only drafts for dynasty leagues, Spiller is worth a second-round pick.

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  • Spiller profiles as the front-runner for the Chargers' No. 2 running back job behind starter Austin Ekeler, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports. With last year's top backup Justin Jackson not having been re-signed, there's a path for Spiller to claim the No. 2 role behind Ekeler. To do so, the Texas A&M product will have to beat out both Joshua Kelley and Larry Rountree, but that's a plausible outcome, given that Spiller -- who the Chargers list at 6-foot-1, 215 pounds -- supplements his physical and elusive running style with solid enough hands to contribute as a pass-catcher. As long as Ekeler remains healthy, Spiller -- who is bouncing back from a strained adductor muscle -- may not see steady volume, but if he indeed slots in ahead of Kelley and Rountree, the 2022 fourth-rounder would be a candidate to see an uptick in fantasy value in the event that Ekeler misses time for any reason.

  • The Chargers selected Spiller (groin) in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft, 123rd overall. The Chargers didn't have many needs entering the 2022 NFL Draft, but the selection of Spiller shores up an obvious weak spot on the roster. The Texas A&M product was billed as a possible second-round selection after back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, but after straining his adductor prior to the combine and subsequently running a 4.63 40-yard dash at his pro day, it became clear Spiller was not a high-round back that some projected. That being said, the junior plays much faster on tape, particularly once getting into the open field, and he's a plus receiver even for his size (6-foot, 217 pounds). Los Angeles desperately needed a second back to take some workload off Austin Ekeler, and it's entirely possible Spiller might already be a better backup than lackluster incumbents Joshua Kelley and Larry Rountree. Kelley, Rountree and Justin Jackson combined for 137 carries and 28 targets last season as part of the jumbled timeshare behind Ekeler. Expect Spiller to immediately assume most of those opportunities with the possibility for additional workload should the Chargers make good on their promise to limit Ekeler's exposure somewhat in 2022.

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Scheduled Games

1 09/11 Las Vegas Raiders 25 19.67
2 09/15 @Kansas City Chiefs 10 15.10
3 09/25 Jacksonville Jaguars 21 17.35
4 10/02 @Houston Texans 30 21.94
5 10/09 @Cleveland Browns 15 16.18
6 10/17 Denver Broncos 18 16.76
7 10/23 Seattle Seahawks 29 21.35
8 BYE - - -
9 11/06 @Atlanta Falcons 23 18.76
10 11/13 @San Francisco 49ers 7 14.60
11 11/20 Kansas City Chiefs 10 15.10
12 11/27 @Arizona Cardinals 3 13.78
13 12/04 @Las Vegas Raiders 25 19.67
14 12/11 Miami Dolphins 19 16.82
15 12/18 Tennessee Titans 1 12.67
16 12/26 @Indianapolis Colts 5 14.00
17 01/01 Los Angeles Rams 9 14.95
18 01/08 @Denver Broncos 18 16.76

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