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RB Darren Sproles - Philadelphia Eagles

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

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Kenjon Barner and Nelson Agholor may see some returns over the course of the season as well.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Sproles should be set up for another nice workload on Thanksgiving unless Ryan Mathews can clear concussion protocol. He's a flex play right now with some injury upside.

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Recent Stats and Projections

9 at DAL 22 5 23 0 3 2 3 0 0 2.6
10 vs MIA 17 3 0 0 6 5 34 0 0 3.4
11 vs TB 29 6 21 0 7 3 38 1 0 11.9
12 at DET PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * 3 * * * *
12 at DET PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs TB (6 / 21 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 38 / 1 rec)

With Ryan Mathews unavailable, Darren Sproles became the default No. 2 running back. He wasn't effective as a runner and was bottled up for most of the day, but he did his damage as a receiver. His seven targets ranked second on the team. Even if he was able to come up with only three receptions, one of them was turned into a 35-yard touchdown on a beautiful screen pass over the middle. The blocking was setup perfectly and he closed the deal by hitting high gear from about 15 yards out. He would manage only 14 yards on three touches for the rest of the game, however, thanks in part to being overthrown a couple of times. Had his quarterback been more accurate, Sproles would have had a much nicer box score.

2015 Week 10 vs MIA (3 / 0 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)

With Ryan Mathews sidelined, Darren Sproles became the default change of pace back. Five of his six targets came after Mathews' injury. Should that injury keep him benched, Sproles will be in line for an increased workload. If not, his box score, just as it was this week, will be forgettable from a fantasy standpoint.

2015 Week 9 vs DAL (5 / 23 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)

Darren Sproles logged 28 snaps and ended up with seven touches. He flashed his usual slingshot style of running by blasting from the mesh point into solid gains. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry and came up about an inch short of a touchdown (Murray pounded it in a few plays later). Oddly, despite it being one of his best assets, Sproles was used sparingly in the passing game. Bradford targeted him only three times: the results of which were one pass deflection, one screen the Cowboys were all over for a four yard loss, and one nice catch-and-run for seven yards.

2015 Week 7 vs CAR (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 10 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)

With Nelson Agholor out, Darren Sproles played more of receiver role and led the offense in targets with 10, but converted only five of them. The Panthers were well prepared for his predictable screen passes and dump-offs. The majority of his stat line (25 yards on three catches) came late in the fourth with the Eagles down 11 and the Panthers in prevent.

2015 Week 5 vs NO (5 / 27 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Darren Sproles wasn't utilized as much in this game, despite playing more snaps than Mathews. He was targeted only twice and carried the ball only five times. With Murray and Mathews success, and with the Eagles holding a lead for most of the game, Sproles services weren't required.

2015 Week 4 vs WAS (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

For the first time since Week 14 of last year, Darren Sproles didn't catch a pass. He had an opportunity to convert a third down midway through the fourth quarter, but wasn't able to rein in a catchable, albeit slightly behind, target. Similar to Murray, Sproles had a great run for 11 yards on his first carry, but his next three went for only six total yards. He was also an afterthought in the passing game, despite playing nearly 40 percent of snaps (to Murray's 45 percent and Ryan Mathews 23 percent). He did setup the Eagles in scoring position at the end of the first half with a 45-yard punt return, but that was his only highlight.

2015 Week 3 vs NYJ (11 / 17 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)

The highlight of the game, and what ultimately set the Eagles offense up for success, was Darren Sproles' 89-yard punt return for a touchdown. These are the kinds of things age is supposed to prevent, but Sproles' light frame keeps him spry, and he displayed his cut-and-juke scat back skills on that touchdown. He then played small on a carry from the one-yard line, following the center into the end zone. Without those pair of touchdowns, his fantasy box score is forgettable. He dropped a screen pass in the second half that might have gone for a chunk of yards and a touchdown. He returned six targets for four receptions and just 19 yards. For a running back that requires yards via the pass, Sunday was disappointing, but he still proved to be viable play regardless of game script. Make no mistake about it, the Eagles are a ground team.

2015 Week 2 vs DAL (1 / -4 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)

Despite the Eagles playing from behind for the entire contest, Darren Sproles was unable to take advantage of the game script. He turned in a standard performance of a few screen plays, one of which was called back thanks to an Ertz penalty, but was otherwise held to limited gains. When the offense is on the field for only a third of the game, role players like Sproles have no shot at valuable returns.

2015 Week 1 vs ATL (5 / 50 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 76 / 0 rec)

Darren Sproles is going to remain bookmarked in Kelly's offensive packages. Running backs of his senior aren't supposed to have his burst and quickness. He finished as Bradford's second favorite target and led the team in rushing. The unfortunate part of his game comes down to where he ends up on the field. More often than not, he's trotting down the sideline - every team's best defender - just inches from out of bounds. He just missed a few long touchdowns by being nudged out of play. But if this game is any indication of what his usage will be throughout this season, he'll be the envy of everyone that passed on his ultra-friendly ADP.


Latest News

Eagles | Darren Sproles wants the ball (Thu Nov 19, 09:51 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles wants more opportunities in the offense. Sproles has averaged 2.9 catches or 24.4 yards per game in Philadelphia. 'I'm not getting enough chances,' Sproles said. 'They got me more in there to run routes. DeMarco (Murray) and Ryan (Mathews) get the bulk of the carries. To get in a rhythm you need more touches. That's for any kind of player.'

Our View: Sproles has a chance to see some more work this week if Ryan Mathews is out, as we expect. It still won't amount to a ton though, and his value remains reception based. We have him as a RB4 this week with a little bit of upside.
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