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Darren Sproles | Running Back

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 190
College: Kansas State
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Darren Sproles rushed for 26 yards and one touchdown on four carries in the Eagles' 30-27, Week 2 win over the Colts on Monday night, adding seven catches for an additional 152 yards.
Sproles was simply unstoppable. He had Eagles beat writers calling it one of the best running back performances they'd seen in team history. Sproles reeled in all seven of his targets, and shook a Colts defender in the open field before pinballing off three others on his way to the end zone on his 19-yard touchdown run. We didn't see this Sproles in New Orleans last season, and Philadelphia snagged him for a fifth-round pick in the offseason. Coach Chip Kelly is an offensive mastermind, but not many saw this type of usage for Sproles. He's a legitimate RB2/FLEX option every week in all formats. Sproles has 263 yards and two touchdowns through his first two games as LeSean McCoy's No. 2. Sep 15 - 11:32 PM

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Darren Sproles rushed 11 times for 71 yards with a touchdown and caught four passes for 14 yards in Sunday's Week 1 win over the Jaguars.

Sproles add four punt returns for 62 yards in a smashing Philadelphia debut. He was more effective than LeSean McCoy (21 carries for 74 yards), and surprisingly got a ton of inside running work. That included a fourth-and-1 play in which Sproles burst through the gut of the Jags' line and went 49 yards to the house. It's clear Chip Kelly has big plans for Sproles, but we wouldn't expect 11 carries weekly. Chris Polk (hamstring) will be back to handle some of those duties, and Sproles does not project to be as effective inside going forward. Consider him a flex option in PPR only against the Colts in Week 2.
Sep 7 - 5:33 PM

Darren Sproles rushed six times for 33 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's regular-season dress rehearsal, adding one catch for four yards.

Mixing in with LeSean McCoy, Sproles got work between the tackles after Shady departed with a minor thumb injury. Coach Chip Kelly has been insistent that he views Sproles first-and-foremost as a running back, but catching passes remains where he'll make his biggest impact. He finishes the preseason with nine carries for 44 yards, and three catches for 17 yards. He's an RB4, though a viable FLEX play in PPR leagues.
Aug 21 - 10:05 PM

Dave Spadaro of the Eagles' official website envisions Darren Sproles playing roughly 20 snaps per game on offense.

That sounds about right. Sproles averaged 35 and 25 snaps per game with the Saints in 2012 and 2013, respectively. He's not getting any younger at 31. Sproles will operate as LeSean McCoy's change-of-pace back and work in the slot on occasion. He could have some standalone PPR value as a space back, but his early-seventh round ADP is a little too rich for our blood.
Aug 15 - 11:25 AM

Darren Sproles is getting practice time with the wide receivers at Eagles camp.

Sproles also works as Philadelphia's primary change-of-pace back. Chris Polk is a superior handcuff pick for LeSean McCoy owners, but Sproles could have standalone PPR value as he takes on a slot receiver/satellite back role. We don't see Sproles as any sort of threat to McCoy's 2014 fantasy value. The Eagles traded for Sproles to help replace DeSean Jackson's receiving production.
Aug 3 - 4:57 PM

Darren Sproles is taking the majority of second-string running back reps at OTAs.

It's widely been assumed that Sproles will only be a receiver for the Eagles as they replace DeSean Jackson by committee. But head coach Chip Kelly has bristled at that notion, emphatically saying Sproles is a running back, "and a really, really talented running back." Last year, LeSean McCoy backups averaged 5.4 carries per game. Philly Mag's Sheil Kapadia expects Sproles to get the bulk of those reps and a handful of catches. The 6-8 offensive touch per game projection remains logical.
Jun 5 - 10:29 AM

The Philadelphia Inquirer suggests Darren Sproles will get 6-8 offensive touches per game this season.

Over the last three seasons with the Saints, Sproles averaged 9.54 touches from scrimmage. But he'll turn 31 next month and is losing some juice to the corner on base run plays. Sproles' main role in Philly will be to beat linebackers in man coverage and fill some of the pass-catching void left by DeSean Jackson. He's not going to eat into LeSean McCoy's workload. Sproles is a RB3 in full PPR leagues and will be overdrafted in standard scoring formats.
May 29 - 10:55 AM

Eagles GM Howie Roseman believes the team can replace DeSean Jackson's production with a "combination" of Darren Sproles, Zach Ertz, Jeremy Maclin, and Riley Cooper.

The Eagles will miss some of the tactical advantages D-Jax provides -- he often required a safety over the top -- but it's clear they plan to replace his touches in committee fashion, perhaps also including an early-round rookie receiver. Sproles can do some of the things Jackson did close to the line of scrimmage, like bubble screens, "pop" passes, and wheels. He remains on the fantasy radar in PPR leagues. Ertz and Maclin are better 2014 breakout candidates.
Apr 28 - 11:33 PM

Darren Sproles' new three-year contract with the Eagles is worth $10.5 million.

It's identical to the contracts recently signed by Shonn Greene, Donald Brown and Toby Gerhart. The problem is that Sproles is by far the oldest member of that group, as he'll turn 31 in June. Still, it's a significant pact, suggesting coach Chip Kelly has a clear-cut role planned for his new toy.
Mar 14 - 3:29 PM

Eagles signed RB Darren Sproles to a two-year contract extension through 2016.

Sproles, 31 in June, was already under contract for $3.5 million for 2014, the final year of his deal. It's possible GM Howie Roseman is extending Sproles to knock the cap hit down a bit, but we doubt it since the Eagles are already in terrific cap shape. The deal locks Sproles in as LeSean McCoy's No. 2 and could make Bryce Brown expendable. Coach Chip Kelly doesn't seem to be a fan of Brown's. The Eagles might be able to get a late-round pick for him.
Mar 14 - 1:28 PM

Saints traded RB Darren Sproles to the Eagles in exchange for a fifth-round pick.

The NFL's No. 2 offense just got more dangerous. Chip Kelly is a master at using dynamic, versatile talents in space to his advantage, and Sproles fits that bill perfectly. He's caught 70+ passes in each of the last three seasons. Sproles will split out wide some, provide a major boost in the return game and give LeSean McCoy some third-down breaks as he comes off a 366-touch season. Sproles turns 31 in June, but is entering the final year of his contract. It's a low-risk move for an Eagles team with sights set on the Super Bowl. They had two fifth-round picks as a result of the Isaac Sopoaga trade.
Mar 13 - 8:58 AM

The Redskins are reportedly "making a push" to trade for Darren Sproles.

The Saints are holding onto Sproles as they try to squeeze out the highest bid. He would qualify as an upgrade on Roy Helu and Chris Thompson as the passing back in new coach Jay Gruden's pass-happy scheme, but the Redskins aren't exactly overflowing with draft picks. They lost their first-rounder in the Robert Griffin III trade and only have one pick in each of the following six rounds. New Orleans seems to think it get can get a third- or fourth-rounder for Sproles.
Mar 13 - 7:24 AM

Darren Sproles "wants to get released."

"I don't know where they would send me because I have no control over it," Sproles said. "I feel I should have more of an idea later on today." Sproles found out he was back on the trade block through the media. Apparently told of his impending release, he said goodbye to Saints fans on Twitter last Friday. New Orleans' handling of the situation has been clumsy, to put it mildly.
Mar 12 - 12:42 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Saints are no longer planning to release Darren Sproles, and now plan to trade him "due to heavy interest."

Very well then. We had yet to mark Sproles as a free agent for bookkeeping purposes, but he seemed as good as gone from New Orleans. There wouldn't seem to be much trade interest in a 31-year-old gadget running back, but in a world where Blaine Gabbert fetches a sixth-rounder, anything is possible. Sproles' $3.4 million salary is relatively modest. He'd improve a lot of backfields.
Mar 11 - 7:22 PM

According to NFL Network, the Vikings are a possible landing spot for Darren Sproles.

Sproles hasn't officially been cut by the Saints yet as they try to trade him. But if that doesn't work, we can easily connect the dots to Minnesota. New Vikings OC Norv Turner coached Sproles in San Diego from 2007-10 and Adrian Peterson has never excelled in the pass game.
Mar 11 - 11:19 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Nick Foles
2Mark Sanchez
3Matt Barkley
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Darren Sproles
3Chris Polk
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Chris Polk
3RB1Darren Sproles
2LeSean McCoy
WR11Jeremy Maclin
2Jordan Matthews
3Josh Huff
WR21Riley Cooper
2Brad Smith
3Jeff Maehl
4Cobi Hamilton
WR31Jordan Matthews
TE1Brent Celek
2Zach Ertz
3James Casey
4Trey Burton
K1Cody Parkey