C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills
|RB - #10||BUF||Active||6 years||27||5'11||200||@CJSPILLER|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-06-2014 by Rusty Reeves
YOU GOTTA BELIEVE: It is understandable if a large number of fantasy owners skip over this section of the article. Spiller was a first-round pick for many of them last year. He was going to be the focal point of the Bills' offense. Then an ankle injury hampered him for much of the season, and he burned his owners so badly with inconsistent outputs that some may never forgive him. It also didn't help that he was misused by the Bills' coaching staff even when he was running at full strength. Hopefully they learned the error of their ways, because Spiller remains this team's most dangerous weapon on offense. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry on just 201 totes last season. And there's reason to believe he will see much more work this season. Similar things have been spoken regarding Spiller before, but there is no denying that he presents massive upside when healthy. And right now, he is. The former Clemson alum could be a major steal at his current third-round average draft position.
Editor's note: Last year, Spiller was typically drafted around the middle of the first round of fantasy drafts. He was supposed to be the next big thing. He still can be; you just have to take the risk to glean the reward.
Who went to bed last night thinking that LeSean McCoy wouldn't be a Philadelphia Eagle less than 24 hours later? Well, that's now a reality. The Eagles have dealt McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso.
That's it. A one-for-one shocker. McCoy, who turns 27 in July, carries an $11.95 million cap charge for the 2015 season, a number that had recently become the subject of much discussion. McCoy had made it known that he was OK with restructuring his contract, but not with a pay cut. He is under contract through the 2017 campaign and due about $25 million in salary. Last season, McCoy gained 1,474 yards from scrimmage and scored just five touchdowns. He also recorded a career-low 28 receptions. In 2013, he tallied more than 2,100 yards from scrimmage and 11 scores.
Alonso, 24, suffered a torn ACL last July and missed the entire 2014 season. But as a rookie in 2013, he finished with 159 tackles, third-most in the NFL. He also got his hands on six turnovers. He is under team control through at least 2016 and is due less than $1 million in salary for each of the next two seasons. He was coached by Chip Kelly from 2009-12 at the University of Oregon.
Well, both teams certainly addressed areas of need. The Eagles' defense was pretty pitiful last season. They gave up 25 points per game and finished fifth in most yards allowed. Alonso should be ready for training camp and will fit right into the middle of Philly's attack.
Meanwhile, the Bills have acquired the stud running back that will probably make head coach Rex Ryan froth at the mouth in excitement. C.J. Spiller can now be forgotten, and Fred Jackson should just be a breather back at the age of 34.
Of course, everyone wants to name a winner right away. If I had to pick a side, I think this trade is going to work out better for Chip Kelly and Co. Assuming that Alonso's knee responds well and that he hasn't lost any of his ability, he is going to be a star in Philly. Plus, dealing McCoy really helps the Eagles from a financial standpoint and, along with their other recent cuts, has them set up to make a slash in free agency. As far as the Eagles' backfield goes, Darren Sproles and Chris Polk are the top two options right now. That's far from reassuring, but there is a lot of a quality and depth at the running back position in this year's draft class. I fully expect the Eagles to now spend an early-round pick on an RB. Conversely, with McCoy out of the picture, you can forget about the Eagles trading up to select Oregon quarterback and former Kelly recruit Marcus Mariota. They just don't have the assets to go from No. 20 into the top five.
In Buffalo, McCoy instantly becomes the centerpiece of the Bills' offense. If he stays healthy, he should cruise past his 2014 totals. Last year, you saw Kelly shy away from McCoy at the goal line and as a receiver -- perhaps he was already planning for a future without Shady? Regardless, I don't think you'll see the Bills shy away from McCoy at all. They'll grind him down at the goal line, out of the backfield as a receiver, doing whatever and wherever until the wheels fall off.
Now, I must say that I'm a slightly concerned about a breakdown coming from McCoy. He's far from being what you would label as a "big back" and has taken on the third-most touches in the league since 2009, trailing only Chris Johnson and Matt Forte. He also saw his yards-per-carry average fall off by nearly a full yard from 2013. Maybe Kelly thought McCoy had already reached his career peak, even at the young age of 26. But in the immediate, I believe he is going to return to stud status in fantasy. Rex will make sure he leaves it all on the field.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors3/3 - Blockbuster: Eagles trade RB LeSean McCoy to Bills for LB Kiko Alonso
2/13 - Surprise: Bills HC Rex Ryan wants team to run the ball ... a lot
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|3.06||SiriusXM - Fantasy Exec - Spiller who rushed for 4.6 yards a carry last will return to 2012 form if healthy this season.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|3.01||Scout PRO - A first Rd pick just a yr ago has upside to be top 5|
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