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RB Darren Sproles - Philadelphia Eagles

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): Sproles is sinking with the rest of the Eagles offense after a team-wide letdown against Washington this week. The team is employing a 2-4 way committee at running back, and that can't support sustainable fantasy value unless the offense is clicking. This week against the Vikings, don't look for much to click. Sproles isn't an essential hold, even in PPR leagues where he is having to split targets with at least 5-6 players each week.

Week 7: vs Minnesota Vikings

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Ryan Mathews took the lead running the ball at Washington, with 9/60/0 rushing (zero targets) while Darren Sproles handled 4/20/0 rushing (one target for 1/4/0 receiving). Wendell Smallwood had a bit role at Washington, with 4/6/0 rushing and two targets for 1/14/0 receiving, while Kenjon Barner handled 2/6/0 rushing. The committee approach is still in effect, but at least Mathews has climbed back into the committee as of Week Seven. Also, he didn't appear to tweak his troublesome ankle last weekend. Before their bye week, the Vikings held the Houston backs to 14/59/0 rushing on their way to a perfect 5-0 record. Entering Week Seven, the Vikings are fourth in the NFL averaging just 77.8 rushing yards allowed per game, with only three rushing scores given out to date. They are the 13th-least generous rush defense over the last three weeks (two games played) with an average of 15.8 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game. This is a tough matchup for the many-headed Eagles' attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs PIT 24 2 -1 0 6 6 128 1 0 18.7
5 at DET 34 5 45 0 4 4 23 0 0 6.8
6 at WAS 23 4 20 0 1 1 4 0 0 2.4
7 vs MIN 0 3 26 0 3 2 23 0 0 4.9
7 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * 3 * * * *
7 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * 2 * * * *
7 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs WAS (4 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

The run game was almost non-existent for the Eagles today, and Sproles was no exceptions. He touched the ball a total of 5 times with 4 rush for 20 yards and 1 catch for 4 yards. These are the kind of numbers we would expect if Mathews was having a big game, but today was all because the offense was not clicking. Sproles could be a sneaky value play against the Vikings next week if the Eagles get down early and are in clear passing situations. Otherwise, do not expect to see a big increase in his workload as Mathews is the clear number one back.

2016 Week 5 vs DET (5 / 45 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)

Sproles carried the ball 5 times for 45 yards and outgained all other Eagles' rushers this week. He was out-touched by Ryan Mathews but was able to make the most out of those opportunities. Sproles also pulled in all 4 of his targets for 23 yards. Interestingly enough, Matthews was targeted more than Sproles this week, but do not expect that trend to continue. Again the Redskins rank 31st in rush defense and Sproles should be able to find some holes in that defense next week.

2016 Week 3 vs PIT (2 / -1 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 128 / 1 rec)

Sproles was non-existent in the running game today as he carried the ball two times for negative one yards. He did show up in the passing game however as he reeled in six passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. The big strike coming on a 73-yard connection from Wentz resulting in a touchdown, Sproles is going to make a few of these plays per year as when he gets into open space he is almost impossible to tackle. He is not going to out touch Matthews in the running game, but he is a dangerous returner and on clear passing downs.

2016 Week 2 vs CHI (12 / 40 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Darren Sproles led the team in carries in this game, as they utilized him on carries off tackle to try to utilize his speed on the edge. This was largely unsuccessful except for a 14 yard run in the fourth quarter where he was able to carry the ball off the right tackle. Sproles was not utilized in the passing game as much as we would like to see, but the game script came into play here as he was not needed in passing downs late in the game.

2016 Week 1 vs CLE (5 / 12 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Sproles was disappointing today as he just had two targets in this game, however he did have a great punt return for forty yards which setup a nice Eagles drive. This game script didn't setup well for Sproles as he is going to perform better in games where the Eagles get down early and are forced to throw for most of the game. The versatile running back is still returning kicks and punts which is where he is going to drive a lot of his value, but from a running back standpoint he was unable to find any running room when he was in the game which seemed to be a trend throughout the day that the Eagles struggled to run the ball. He did add in two receptions out of the backfield which should be his role going forward on passing downs as Ryan Mathews did not receive a target in this game.


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