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RB Darren Sproles - Philadelphia Eagles

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

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The performance of Sproles as a returner dropped off last year, making his a situation to watch as the season progresses in Philadelphia.

Summary

Darren Sproles may be one of the most overrated fantasy players of his generation. Never a productive runner, Sproles makes his money as a receiving mismatch out of the backfield. In truth, Sproles had one magic season (2011) that saw him finish as the 10th best running back. He finished 22nd in 2012 (but was drafted higher in PPR leagues) and fell to 35th last year. At 30 years old, the Saints had had enough and traded Sproles to the Philadelphia Eagles. Sproles' role with the Eagles is unclear, mainly because LeSean McCoy is a 3-down back. McCoy has been as skilled a receiver as Sproles, yet also happens to be a dominant runner. At his best, Sproles can be the Eagles main slot option and catch 60-70 passes and a handful of touchdowns. But realistically his role could be much less particularly with the selection of Jordan Matthews in the first round of the NFL draft. (May 25)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 40, 35, 36, 37, 37, 37, 39, 39, 39, 41, 41, 42, 42, 43, 43, 43, 48, 48
RB Redraft PPR - 37, 27, 30, 32, 32, 35, 35, 35, 36, 36, 36, 37, 37, 37, 38, 39, 42, 43, 48
Overall Redraft PPR - 84, 45
RB Dynasty - 52, 32, 43, 45, 51, 53, 68, 69

Stats and Projections

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2011 NO 16 87 603 2 135 86 710 7
2012 NO 13 48 244 1 104 75 667 7
2013 NO 15 53 220 2 89 71 604 2 2
2014 PROJ-Dodds 15 55 * * 54 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 16 70 * * 51 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 50 * * 45 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 82 * * 57 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 94
RB: 34
Overall-PPR: 92
RB-PPR: 34

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Latest News

Eagles | Darren Sproles could be matchup problem for defenses (Tue Jul 22, 11:03 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles' ability to win one-on-one matchups in space is what head coach Chip Kelly plans to exploit this season. Kelly said opposing defenses played a lot of man-to-man coverage against his offense last year, and his goal was to find a way to exploit the coverage this year.

Our View: We are incredibly excited by the idea of Sproles working under Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. Reports indicate that LeSean McCoy's workload will not decline this year. Sproles should be used mostly as a receiver out of the backfield. His current ADP is RB31 (7.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Eagles | Insist Darren Sproles is a running back (Thu Jul 17, 12:20 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles is a running back and not a wide receiver, the team continues to emphasize. The team's brass has bristled at the notion that Sproles will only help in the passing game. However, Sproles averaged 3.5 and 3.7 rushing attempts per game the last two years and caught 146 passes during that span, meaning he's likely to be a much bigger factor in the passing game in head coach Chip Kelly's offense.

Our View: Kelly's system is perfect for a back like Sproles. The inside zone/outside zone read formations always give the team an extra blocker on the play side, and Sproles should be able to take advantage of the extra room. He'll work as a complementary back behind LeSean McCoy this season.
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Eagles | Teammate impressed with Darren Sproles (Wed Jul 16, 02:35 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy said he has been impressed with RB Darren Sproles and expects Sproles to help the offense. 'Sproles has the quickest feet I've ever seen out of any player,' McCoy said. 'He'll help us out tremendously. I think the best thing about him, what he brings to this team is not only leadership and experience, but also just another big playmaker on the team.'

Our View: It's going to be interesting to see how Chip Kelly uses Sproles this year. It will also be interesting to see how much Sproles cuts into the touches and targets for McCoy. Sproles has a current ADP of RB31 (7.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Eagles | Chris Polk in line for more carries (Mon Jul 14, 10:24 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Chris Polk should serve as RB LeSean McCoy's primary backup this year with RB Darren Sproles maintaining a secondary role in the offense, according to ESPN.com's Joe Kaiser.

Our View: Polk is a talented back and a fantastic receiver out of the backfield. He fell undrafted in 2012 due to concerns about chronic shoulder problems that plagued him in college. So long as he's healthy, Polk should be a fine reserve player behind McCoy. With Bryce Brown getting traded to the Bills earlier this offseason, it looks like Polk is the back fantasy owners should handcuff to McCoy. At the very least, Polk should be on your waiver wire speed dial.
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2014 Schedule

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4@ San Francisco 49ers
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6vs New York Giants
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