31-Year-Old Running Back – Philadelphia Eagles
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
This offseason brought a major change for Sproles, who was dealt to the Eagles after three years of outstanding production with the Saints. But while the scenery has changed, his role shouldn't – neve...
Darren Sproles Contract Information:
Agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Eagles in March of 2014.
Sproles (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Arizona.
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Darren Sproles: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)In Week 6, Sproles sustained a slight MCL tear to his left knee, which was expected to knock him out for at least two weeks. However, only a week-and-a-half later, he's logged a capped practice and is angling to play Sunday at Arizona. His activity level in drills will likely indicate whether or not active status is possible, but at the very least, he's now trending in the right direction.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Sproles suffered a slight MCL tear heading into the Eagles' bye week, which apparently offered him ample treatment time to begin practice this week. While Tuesday's sessions are typically on the lighter side, it will still be interesting to monitor Sproles' participation level throughout the week. In any event, it's certainly encouraging to hear of Sproles being back on the field in advance of Sunday's game versus the Cardinals.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Sproles twisted his left knee during Sunday night's blowout win but was able to walk off the field under his own power. Nonetheless, the speedy running back required an MRI on Monday, when a slight MCL tear was revealed. Fortunately, the Eagles are entering their bye week, so although Sproles has been ruled out for at least two weeks, the best-case scenario would only result in him missing Philadelphia's Week 8 game against the Cardinals.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)While Sproles was able to walk off the field under his own power Sunday night, he was moving with a noticeable limp following a tackle that twisted his left knee awkwardly as he was brought to the ground. He'll have a week to recover in Week 7 with the Eagles on bye, but the MRI should provide clarity regarding his expected availability for the Week 8 matchup at Arizona.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
In 29 games as a Saint, Sproles has piled up 2,224 yards from scrimmage and 18 total touchdowns (including a kick return). That he's done so while rushing only 135 times is remarkable. Coming out of the backfield, the lightning-quick Sproles is a difficult matchup for opposing defenders, and his route-running skills and good hands make him a reliable target for Drew Brees. Sproles' 161 catches the last two years put him on par with the better slot receivers in the NFL – and they don't qualify at running back and also accumulate rushing stats. This makes him especially valuable in PPR formats. A broken hand limited Sproles to 13 games in 2012, and yet he still led the position in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns – without Sean Payton on the sideline. The return of the Saints coach figures only to increase Sproles' value for 2013.
Despite finishing tied for 56th in carries, Sproles totaled 1,313 yards with nine touchdowns last year, proving to be one of the league’s best offseason free-agent signings. He was a PPR monster, as his 86 receptions, 710 receiving yards and seven touchdown catches led all running backs (so did his 6.9 YPC, albeit in a small sample). He might be the quickest back in all of football, but even at just 5-6, 190, he’s much more physical than his small frame suggests, as Sproles’ 3.67 YPC after contact was the second-best mark in the NFL. In non-PPR leagues, it’s tough to draft someone early who averaged just 5.4 carries per game last season, but with his skill set and in such a potent offense (assuming Drew Brees re-signs), Sproles merits consideration once the top tiers are off the board.
While it would be interesting to see what Sproles could do with 200 carries (assuming it didn’t result in death), it appears he’ll never be given the opportunity, thanks to his 5-6, 190-pound frame. A terrific blocker, Sproles got 5.3 YPC and was once again one of the league’s best receiving backs in the NFL last season, racking up 59 catches for 520 yards. As a Saint, Sproles will likely play a similar role as a versatile weapon on the ground and through the air, much like his New Orleans predecessor Reggie Bush. Still, Sproles is a passing-down back who possesses far more fantasy value in PPR formats than in standard leagues.
Sproles received a career-high in carries last season, but it was still a modest 93, as he remained exclusively in a third-down role. His YPC dropped from 5.4 in 2008 to 3.7, but his receiving was still elite — he averaged an NFL-best 11.0 yards-per-catch and caught four touchdowns (giving him an impressive nine receiving TDs the last two years). It would be interesting to see what Sproles could do with 20 touches per game, but the Chargers prefer that never happens, trading up to select Ryan Mathews in the first round of the draft. Sproles is nothing more than a talented backup in a terrific offensive system with immense upside should his role unexpectedly change.
Sproles didn’t start a single regular season game last year, but he went nuts when given the opportunity, rushing for 115 yards with two touchdowns on just 14 carries during Week 17. He also averaged 11.8 yards-per-catch, which was easily the highest among running backs. Despite limited work, Sproles totaled eight touchdowns over the final six games last season counting the playoffs. Filling in for an injured LaDainian Tomlinson during the Wild Card round, Sproles showed he’s not just a change-of-pace back, racking up 150 yards with two touchdowns on 27 touches. At 5-6, 181, Sproles isn’t likely to be the team’s workhorse, though he did average 20 carries a game over his final three seasons (39 games) at Kansas State. Sproles signed a one-year franchise tender during the offseason and expects to earn a big contract in 2010. LaDainian Tomlinson remains the unquestioned starter in San Diego, but he has 2,657 career rushing attempts and has suffered season-ending injuries in each of the past two years, so he’s a candidate to break down. If that were the case, Sproles would immediately become a top-15 option.
Sproles has evolved into a dynamic return man and a legitimate threat in a limited role on offense. Last season he rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns in relief of LaDainian Tomlinson in a blowout win at Detroit, and he also scored on a 56-yard screen pass during the Bolts' win at Indianapolis during the AFC Divisional Playoffs. Enterting 2008, Sproles will be in line for an increased workload with the departure of Michael Turner to Atlanta. Sproles will likely split backup duties with rookie Jacob Hester, but he should see plenty of action as San Diego has a history of trying to keep Tomlinson healhty and fresh throughout the regular season.
Sproles missed the entire 2006 season with a broken fibula. In 2005, Sproles excelled as a kick and punt returner and also got some looks in the offense as a change of pace back. He hopes to play a similar role in 2007.
Sproles' value is limited mainly to special teams as a return man. He is listed as the third string running back, but the primary backup (Michael Turner) is better than a lot of starters in the league, so Sproles does not figure to see much action out of the backfield. He does excel on kick and punt returns because of his lightning quick moves and uncanny ability to make people miss.
Sproles will be a very interesting player in 2005. He is small and fast, and has already earned a hefty reputation for being able to make people miss in open spaces. Though he was initially drafted to take over the team's kick and punt return duties, it is becoming more and more evident that San Diego's brain trust wants to use him out of the backfield. They like the potential mismatches that he could pose coming out of the backfield as a third down back or even in certain two-back sets lined up along with superstar LaDainian Tomlinson. But determining Sproles' true draft day value could be a tough chore because even if he sizzles in preseason, we will not know how much the team will use him when the games start for real. The Chargers would be ecstatic if he were to make two or three good plays per week, but from a fantasy perspective he only has value if he gets a consistently high number of touches. At this point, that does not seem too likely.