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RB Darren Sproles - Philadelphia Eagles

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

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Week 3: vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Ryan Mathews stuffed in two TDs at Chicago (9/32/2) and had a reception for three yards. The Eagles were actually led in rushing by Darren Sproles (12/40/0 rushing with 2/8/0 receiving), while Wendell Smallwood (2/16/0) and Kenjon Barner (2/2/0) were sprinkled it - fantasy owners were disconcerted to see Barner in on a goal line carry, but he was stuffed and Mathews then proceeded to score the TD. We'll see if Mathews gets more of the load here in Week Three - the flirtation with Sproles as the lead back in the committee didn't produce much in the way of results. The Steelers are tough in this phase of the game - they held the Bengals to 18/46/0 rushing last week, after limiting Washington to 12/55/1 rushing in the season opener. So far, the Steelers average 50.5 rushing yards allowed per game, second-least in the NFL. However, they average 18.4 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing running backs (14th in the NFL) - dual-threat backs who catch the ball well, like Mathews and Giovani Bernard (5/17/0 rushing last week, but 9/100/1 receiving vs. Pittsburgh) can make some hay in the other phase of the game. This looks like a neutral matchup for Mathews (or Sproles) as both are good dual-threat running backs.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs CLE 38 5 12 0 5 2 24 0 0 3.6
2 at CHI 41 12 40 0 2 2 8 0 0 4.8
3 vs PIT PROJ-Dodds * 6 * * 3 * * * *
3 vs PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 8 * * 3 * * * *
3 vs PIT PROJ-Bloom * 8 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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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Eagles | Darren Sproles totals 14 touches (Tue Sep 20, 12:44 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles posted 12 carries for a game-high 40 yards in the Week 2 game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Sept. 19. He also had two receptions for eight yards, leading all Philly tailbacks with 14 touches.

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Schedule

3vs Pittsburgh Steelers
4--- BYE WEEK ---
5@ Detroit Lions
6@ Washington Redskins
7vs Minnesota Vikings
8@ Dallas Cowboys
9@ New York Giants
10vs Atlanta Falcons
11@ Seattle Seahawks
12vs Green Bay Packers
13@ Cincinnati Bengals
14vs Washington Redskins
15@ Baltimore Ravens
16vs New York Giants
17vs Dallas Cowboys