This one hurts. I’ve been all aboard the C.J. Spiller train since he landed with the Saints in free agency. I’ve spent months expecting Spiller to fill the extremely valuable Darren Sproles type role that the Saints were looking to fill with this signing.
However, I can’t take it anymore. I was giving C.J. Spiller one more opportunity to prove to me that he could be the fantasy monster that he was in 2012, but his latest injury has completely sunk his fantasy ship for me.
If you didn’t know, Spiller recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to miss the remainder of the preseason. It remains to be seen if he will be ready for the Saints week one game, but knowing Spiller this injury could linger.
As I’ve said in various videos that I’ve recorded for our YouTube channel, Spiller has somehow burned me every single year of his career. I’ve managed to own him every year except his breakout 2012 campaign, and every other year was filled with injury-riddled disappointment.
I was going to give Spiller one more shot at proving me wrong, but I can’t do it anymore, and neither should you. The risk is too much.
Right now, according to FantasyFootballCalcultor.com, Spiller is being drafted at the top of the fifth round. He’s going ahead of guys like T.J. Yeldon and Doug Martin, both guys I’d rather own.
I still like the situation for Spiller and the opportunity for solid PPR value is still there, but his injury woes are inescapable.
The problem with a guy like Spiller isn’t when they are missing games, but when they are game-time-decisions or are going to have their snaps limited. It forces you to play the game of should you or shouldn’t you start him. He always has nagging injuries and it is never a certainty of how limited he is going to be. He is the type of player that gives you nightmares because you are forced to always second-guess yourself.
C.J. Spiller could still have a good year, but honestly I don’t really care anymore, I’ll gladly let him be successful one someone else’s roster.