Running back C.J. Spiller will see plenty of work as the newest member of the Saints backfield and could very well break into the top 10 to 15 fantasy RB conversation. With the departure of tailbacks Pierre Thomas and Travis Cadet, Spiller’s ceiling is sky high coming into the new season.
Mark Ingram will most likely handle lead back duties, but Spiller’s niche in the Saints offense will be very similar to that of Drew Brees’ former weapon, Pierre Thomas. Thomas thrived as an outlet passer for the Saints and there’s no reason that Spiller shouldn’t shine as well.
Spiller’s best season as a pass catcher was in 2012 with the Bills, catching 43 passes for 459 yards and 2 TDs. Those numbers are easily attainable in New Orleans’ offensive system.
Spiller possesses great speed and pass catching ability, and Head Coach Sean Payton wants to get him the ball in space. In 2014, Pierre Thomas and Travis Cadet combined for 83 receptions, 674 yards and 2 TDs. Spiller is a far superior talent to those two backs, and should thrive in that role, especially with the lack of offensive options for this upcoming season.
Jimmy Graham and Pierre Thomas were keys to success for Drew Brees, and without them for 2015, C.J. Spiller will have to fill the void. Spiller could be in line for 1,000 total yards easily, and worth an add as a solid RB2 in standard fantasy formats.