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RB Darren Sproles - Philadelphia Eagles

5-7, 180Born: 6-20-1983College: Kansas StateDrafted: Round 4

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Sproles' fantasy profile is tailored for PPR best ball leagues. He'll still play a large role in the backfield, especially and occasionally get some red zone looks at the expense of LeGarrette Blount. He should be able to reproduce his four top 15 PPR running back finishes from 2016, making him a bargain and good RB4 or RB5 best ball late pick.

Summary

Darren Sproles' role was in question last year as Chip Kelly was sent packing and Doug Pederson - and his West Coast offense - took over. Yet, Sproles' 2016 mirrored his prior two seasons in Philadelphia. At 33 years old, the diminutive (5'7", 180 lbs.) set career highs in carries (94) and rushing yards (438) while contributing mainly as a receiver (52 receptions for 427 yards). Expect Sproles to play a similar role for one more season, but start to give way to rookie Donnell Pumphrey later in the year. While he's in the lineup, Sproles will catch a ton of passes but won't see many runs on 1st and 2nd down. He's coming off a RB30 season and that's a reasonable baseline for his fantasy outlook in 2017. He's a bye week/matchup flex option in PPR leagues. You could do worse, but if you're going to win your league, you have to do much better. (August 12)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 51, 38, 40, 42, 42, 44, 48, 49, 49, 49, 49, 53, 57, 58
RB Redraft PPR - 49, 35, 35, 36, 40, 42, 44, 45, 47, 48, 49, 53, 55, 57, 58
RB Dynasty - 86, 70, 74, 75, 75

Stats and Projections

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2014 PHI 15 57 329 6 62 40 387 0 1
2015 PHI 16 83 317 3 83 55 388 1
2016 PHI 15 94 438 2 71 52 427 2
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 79 * * 44 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 70 * * 50 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 80 * * 42 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 73 * * 39 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 154
RB: 53
Overall-PPR: 149
RB-PPR: 52

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Latest News

Eagles | Darren Sproles to be used more in space (Tue Aug 15, 12:25 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles will probably be used less as a runner this season and more as a receiver in 2017 after the team added LeGarrette Blount in the offseason, according to the Philadelphia Daily News' Paul Domowitch.

Our View: Blount is clearly the battering ram for the offense, but he's not useful in passing situations. Sproles is that guy to turn to when it's 3rd down, but he's going to be splitting time with dynamic rookie DJ Pumphrey. From a fantasy perspective, that split of third-down work negatively impacts the value of both. Sproles is still getting drafted at RB51 (12.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2017 Schedule

1@ Washington Redskins
2@ Kansas City Chiefs
3vs New York Giants
4@ Los Angeles Chargers
5vs Arizona Cardinals
6@ Carolina Panthers
7vs Washington Redskins
8vs San Francisco 49ers
9vs Denver Broncos
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Dallas Cowboys
12vs Chicago Bears
13@ Seattle Seahawks
14@ Los Angeles Rams
15@ New York Giants
16vs Oakland Raiders
17vs Dallas Cowboys