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RB Darren Sproles - Philadelphia Eagles

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

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Sproles is No. 8 on the NFL's all-time yards from scrimmage list. He earns this high-upside notation because the Eagles recently re-signed Sproles after most thought 2017 would be Sproles' final year. He's a rare small back with the balance, vision, and strength to earn a large workload. Corey Clement impressed as a rookie but Sproles is a better player right now.

Summary

Darren Sproles will be 35 years old when the season gets underway, making him the elder statesman of the running back position. An early season-ending injury last year left many wondering if the veteran had played his final NFL snaps, but he had other ideas. After successfully rehabbing, Sproles re-signed with the Eagles on a 1-year deal and hopes to carve out a role among one of the league's most successful committees. In his prior three seasons in Philadelphia, Sproles was a consistent source of 700+ yards and 4+ touchdowns; he was a valuable cog. Whether he can recapture that role, or must accept more of an ambassadorial position, will become more evident in the preseason. (May 21)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 69, 44
RB Redraft PPR - 66, 44, 50

Stats and Projections

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2015 PHI 16.0 83.0 317 3.0 83 55.0 388 1.0
2016 PHI 15.0 94.0 438 2.0 71 52.0 427 2.0
2017 PHI 3.0 15.0 61 0.0 12 7.0 73 0.0 1.0
2018 PROJ-Dodds 14.0 35.0 * * 11.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 15.0 75.0 * * 44.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 16.0 20.0 * * 14.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 17.0 * * 10.0 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 259
RB: 80
Overall-PPR: 220
RB-PPR: 70

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Latest News

Eagles | Two Eagles absent (Tue May 22, 10:35 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles DE Michael Bennett and RB Darren Sproles are absent from organized team activities Tuesday, May 22.

Our View: Sproles is recovering from a torn ACL, and when healthy he could be in for a larger-than-expected role with the team. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson didn't seem too concerned about this duo missing voluntary work. "I don’t have a lot of concern as far as their ability to help us win games because they’re veteran players and they know how to get themselves ready to go.” Pederson said.
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Eagles | Darren Sproles to have a large role? (Sat May 19, 10:13 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) will have a big role in the offense, despite being 34 years old and coming off of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, in the opinion of Eliot Shorr-Parks, of NJ.com. Sproles was not signed to be a feel-good story, according to Shorr-Parks, and it would not be a surprising to see the veteran near or even atop the depth chart.

Our View: Keep this in mind late in your fantasy drafts. Sproles is quite capable as a receiver and could get 50-plus catches if healthy and things line up for him to have this large role in 2018. Jay Ajayi should be the team's leading ball-carrier, but Sproles can be featured as a runner in space and receiver out of the backfield.
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2018 Schedule

1vs Atlanta Falcons
2@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3vs Indianapolis Colts
4@ Tennessee Titans
5vs Minnesota Vikings
6@ New York Giants
7vs Carolina Panthers
8@ Jacksonville Jaguars
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs Dallas Cowboys
11@ New Orleans Saints
12vs New York Giants
13vs Washington Redskins
14@ Dallas Cowboys
15@ Los Angeles Rams
16vs Houston Texans
17@ Washington Redskins