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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 Sep 18): Sproles rightfully emerged as the lead back in Philadelphia with LeGarrette Blount looking more fit for the senior-citizen NFL in Week 1. Sproles still might not get enough touches to be truly fantasy relevant, but he's the best back for the Eagles to use against the Giants this week and could have PPR flex value.

Week 3: vs New York Giants

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Here's one of the few teams that can rival the Giants in terms of disinterest in the run game. Maybe it's due to personnel, but for whatever reason, Eagles coach Doug Pederson is defying his coaching upbringing. As Kansas City's coordinator, his offenses were rush-dominant, but in Philadelphia, he's actively avoiding the run. It's hard to fault him: the Eagles possess shaky running back talent at best. LeGarrette Blount was phased out of the Week 2 game plan (six snaps, one touch), while Wendell Smallwood started and was promptly ignored (14 and 4). The Eagles will eventually run more, but never a ton, and their efficiency will always be in question. Smallwood is a mediocre athlete and runner, one who's been held to 2 yards or less on a troubling 44% of his NFL rushes. And Blount looks done, chugging to just 46 yards on 14 carries and converting only 1 of 4 short-yardage tries. Darren Sproles' third-down and change-of-pace role has been the only sliver of dynamism yet in this attack. Surprisingly, the Giants have been a run defense to target thus far. They've allowed 129 and 138 rushing yards in their first 2 games, and opponents have been able to comfortably salt away wins against a typically elite unit. The numbers haven't been inflated by the game script of two bad losses, either - 58% of that production has come in the first halves. The loss of middle linebacker B.J. Goodson may have been an issue in Week 2, but altogether it's been a far cry from their dominant 2016, which saw them hold 8 of their 17 opponents to 90 ground yards or less. Still, it's safe to expect run-stuffing tackle Damon Harrison and company to regroup somewhat in Week 3. The Philadelphia offensive line has been a shell of its usual self thus far, and the Giants are in a position to take advantage.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at WAS 33 2 2 0 8 5 43 0 0 4.5
2 at KC 50 10 48 0 4 2 30 0 1 6.8
3 vs NYG PROJ-Dodds * 9 * * 3 * * * *
3 vs NYG PROJ-Tremblay * 8 * * 4 * * * *
3 vs NYG PROJ-Bloom * 10 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs KC (10 / 48 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

Sproles led this team in snaps and carries as it appears he is the running back going forward as the Eagles go to a more pure passing spread offense. LeGarrette Blount did not see a carry and Wendell Smallwood only had three carries. Sproles only saw four targets out of the passing game this week after seeing eight targets in the first week.

2017 Week 1 vs WAS (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)

Sproles continues to have a role on this team out of the backfield as he was tied for the team high in targets with eight in this game. Sproles led the running backs in snaps as he was on the field for 49% of the plays while Blount was at 34% and Smallwood as at 22%. Sproles is going to continue to have a role in this offense and with the departure of Jordan Matthews it opens up targets for him to be more utilized than he was last season.

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Latest News

Eagles | Mixed Week 2 results for Darren Sproles (Sun Sep 17, 04:39 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles finished with 78 combined yards in a 27-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Sept. 17. Sproles had 48 yards rushing on 10 carries and caught two passes for 30 yards.

Our View: Sproles was clearly ahead of LeGarrette Blount in the backfield, but it still wasn't enough to be truly relevant for fantasy leagues. This is a good Eagles offense, but the split backfield will keep us from having a useful Eagles back.
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Eagles | Darren Sproles reels in five catches (Sun Sep 10, 04:42 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles caught five passes for 43 yards in a 30-17 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Sept. 10. He also ran for two yards on two carries.

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Schedule

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