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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 (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
As expected. Sproles is off on the right foot to play Week 8 against Cardinals. But at less than 100 percent against a good defense, he's merely an RB3. Oct 22 - 2:38 PM

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CSN Philly reports Darren Sproles (knee) "appears likely" to play Week 8 against the Cardinals.

After initially fearing a torn ACL, Sproles says he "felt pretty good" at Tuesday's practice. An MRI last week revealed no structural damage and just a mildly sprained MCL. Arizona is yielding the second-fewest PPR points to opposing running backs. At less than 100 percent and seeing just 5.5 touches per game over the past four, there will be better options than Sproles for your FLEX spot.
Source: CSN Philly
Oct 22 - 10:54 AM

Darren Sproles (knee) is practicing Tuesday.

Sproles is ahead of schedule as he comes off a sprained MCL. However, he's not expected to participate fully in this light Tuesday session and remains questionable for Sunday's game at Arizona. Sproles was originally expected to miss 1-2 games. Of course, fantasy owners should note he is averaging just 5.5 touches per game in his last four outings anyway.
Oct 21 - 12:15 PM

Speaking Monday, Eagles coach Chip Kelly refused to rule Darren Sproles (sprained MCL) out for Week 8.

Kelly believes Sproles could be sidelined only "a week or two." The Eagles are on bye in Week 7. Per Kelly, the team isn't planning to make a roster move at running back, an indication they truly believe Sproles' injury is minor. At the latest, Sproles' status will be updated early next week. Despite Kelly's optimism, Sproles is probably going to miss at least one game.
Oct 13 - 2:08 PM

Darren Sproles has been diagnosed with a slight MCL tear in his left knee and is expected to miss at least one game.

Sproles' official timetable is 2-3 weeks. The Eagles are on a bye in Week 7, face the Cardinals in Week 8 and then the Texans in Week 9. At 5-1, the Eagles won't rush their valuable punt returner and change-of-pace back. Owners in need of wins can move on from Sproles and not lose much -- he was only averaging 5.5 touches per game on offense anyway over the last four weeks.
Oct 13 - 12:27 PM

CSN Philadelphia is hearing that Darren Sproles (knee) will probably be out a few weeks.

Beat writer Geoff Mosher reports Sproles did not suffer an ACL tear when his left knee awkwardly twisted Sunday night. It sounds like some kind of sprain, possibly to his MCL. We'd consider Sproles doubtful for Week 8 when the Eagles come out of their bye. Local television and radio personality Howard Eskin is hearing a 2-3 week timetable on Sproles.
Oct 13 - 11:34 AM

Darren Sproles will have a Monday MRI on his twisted left knee.

Following Sunday night's win, Darren Sproles (knee) told Chip Kelly he was OK. That likely means that Sproles believes he has avoided a ligament tear, but it doesn't mean he's avoided an injury altogether. The MRI will determine if any of his ligaments were sprained and to what degree. With Chris Polk (hamstring) also sidelined right now, the Eagles may be in the market for a backup runner during their Week 7 bye.
Oct 13 - 8:25 AM

Darren Sproles suffered a left knee injury in Sunday night's game against the Giants.

Sproles was able to walk off under his own power, but the Eagles team doctor was "concerned after they tested the stability of his ACL and MCL." He'll undergo further tests, at which point more will be known. Sproles had seven carries for 39 yards and a touchdown before exiting. With Chris Polk sidelined, the Eagles don't have any healthy running backs behind LeSean McCoy.
Oct 12 - 10:56 PM

Darren Sproles rushed seven times for 51 yards in Sunday's Week 5 win over the Rams.

Sproles showed plenty more juice than LeSean McCoy (24 carries, 81 yards), but Chip Kelly showed no intention of expanding Sproles' role. Even after McCoy lost a ridiculously careless fumble, Sproles was a change-of-pace back only. Over the last three games, the Eagles offense has run 194 plays and Sproles has touched the ball 15 times.
Oct 5 - 5:06 PM

Darren Sproles rushed one time for four yards and caught two passes for two yards in Sunday's Week 4 loss at San Francisco.

Sproles salvaged his fantasy day by bringing a punt back for an 82-yard touchdown. But for the second straight week, he was a complete non-factor on offense. Over the last two games, the Eagles offense has run 124 plays and Sproles has touched the ball just eight times. We hope you sold high after his fluky first two weeks.
Sep 28 - 8:28 PM

Darren Sproles rushed two times for 20 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Redskins.

In the most obvious letdown/regression spot of the week, Sproles was not a factor. He touched the ball just five times even though the Eagles ran 68 plays, falling way behind an ineffective LeSean McCoy (20 carries, 22 yards). This is the problem with Sproles as a fantasy player -- he's not a volume player, so he's dependent on big plays. Hopefully you sold high already.
Sep 21 - 5:01 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

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