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Darren Sproles | Running Back | #43

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 190
College: Kansas State
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 4 (130) / LAC
Contract: view contract details

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Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Daily News guesses Darren Sproles will remain "the top running back."
Despite being medically cleared to work out, Ryan Mathews' (neck) future remains in question, and the Eagles' only major addition at running back was pint-sized Donnel Pumphrey in the fourth round. Wendell Smallwood could certainly take on a bigger role, but the Eagles look destined for another backfield committee, one which Sproles is again likely to chair. Even entering what is likely his final NFL season, Sproles is a good bet for 150 touches. May 2 - 9:58 AM

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Darren Sproles "has said several times" he anticipates 2017 being his final NFL season.

And it's probably going to be a useful season after the Eagles disregarded running backs in the draft. Philly's lone RB selection was used on fifth-rounder Donnel Pumphrey, a similarly undersized scatback who has drawn optimistic comparisons to Sproles. Ryan Mathews apparently now has a chance to return despite major back/neck issues. Sproles is likely to maintain PPR value in 2017.
May 1 - 2:11 AM

Darren Sproles rushed nine times for 32 yards and caught 3-of-5 targets for four yards Week 17 against the Cowboys.

The ageless wonder did not finish his season on a high note, but it was yet another solid year for Sproles. He racked up 865 total yards on 146 touches and found the end zone 4 times. He failed to return a punt for a touchdown for the first time since 2013, but he still averaged 13.2 yards on 17 returns. Sproles has already said he will be back for his age-34 season, and it makes sense for the Eagles to keep him around at his $4 million base salary. Even with Philly likely to add some early-down help, Sproles will remain an interesting late-round draft pick in PPR formats next summer.
Jan 1 - 4:31 PM

Darren Sproles plans to play just one more season in the NFL.

He has one year left on his contract and doesn't want to sign another one. Sproles will be entering his age-34 season in 2017, but said he's starting to feel the pull from his family, particularly his young daughters, to be home more. Even at his advanced age, Sproles still looks like he has a few years left in the tank. He's averaging 4.8 YPC this year and hasn't slowed down a bit.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 09:59:00 AM

Darren Sproles rushed seven times for 40 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against the Giants.

He added two catches for 23 yards. Sproles looked fully healthy after sitting out last week. He scored a 25-yard touchdown on his first carry but saw limited work before Ryan Mathews (stinger) left in the fourth quarter. Sproles totaled more than 50 yards for the first time since Week 12. With Mathews likely to play next week, Sproles won't be more than a low-end PPR FLEX.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 12:03:00 AM

Darren Sproles (concussion) is active for Week 16 against the Giants.

Sproles will return to his usual third down/change-up role. Inactive for the Eagles are WR Paul Turner, CB Dwayne Gratz, DE Steven Means, OL Josh Andrews, OG Dillon Gordon, OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai and DT Taylor Hart.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 06:56:00 PM

Darren Sproles (concussion) is listed questionable for Week 16 against the Giants.

Sproles has already been cleared of his concussion that kept him out for Week 15, and is fully expected to play Thursday night against the Giants. He and Ryan Mathews will get back to forming their 1-2 punch in the backfield.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 11:22:00 AM

Darren Sproles (concussion) is practicing in full for Week 16.

Sproles will be good to go for Thursday night's game against the Giants. Sproles is an acceptable FLEX in a pinch, but ideally he'd serve as an RB4 on your bench for the fantasy finals.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 03:24:00 PM

Darren Sproles (concussion) practiced on Tuesday.

That puts him on track to return for Thursday night's game against the Giants. Sproles was inactive last week after getting blown up on a punt return against the Redskins in Week 14. At best, he'll be a flex option for fantasy owners competing in championship week.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Darren Sproles (concussion) is expected to return for Thursday's game against the Giants.

Sproles is good to go after missing one game. His return will cut into Ryan Mathews' upside after a surprisingly productive day against the Ravens' elite run defense on Sunday. Sproles will slide back in as an acceptable FLEX play, but someone you would ideally be able to leave on the bench.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 02:10:00 PM

Darren Sproles (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 15 against the Ravens.

Ryan Mathews will get the start and handle the majority of the work against the Ravens' top run defense. Kenjon Barner and Byron Marshall will back him up, while Barner will fill in for Sproles as the punt returner.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 10:49:00 AM

Darren Sproles (concussion) did not practice Thursday.

Sproles look very unlikely to play this weekend, leaving the backfield work to Ryan Mathews and Kenjon Barner. Even in a tough matchup, Mathews will be worth FLEX consideration.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 12:02:00 PM

Darren Sproles (concussion) is not practicing Wednesday.

Sproles was knocked out by Deshazor Everett while trying to field a punt in last Sunday's loss to the Redskins. It was a cheap hit, and Sproles is in the league's protocol. With Wendell Smallwood already on I.R., Ryan Mathews, Kenjon Barner, and Byron Marshall are the Eagles' healthy backs.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 11:08:00 AM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson confirmed Darren Sproles is in the concussion protocol.

Sproles will be in a race to get cleared in time for Sunday's game against the Ravens. With Wendell Smallwood possibly out the rest of the season with an MCL sprain, Ryan Mathews and Kenjon Barner would see plenty of work if Sproles is forced to sit this week.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 12:03:00 PM

Darren Sproles rushed five times for 27 yards in the Eagles' Week 14 loss to the Redskins, catching two passes for 13 yards and a touchdown before being knocked out by a cheap hit.

Attempting to field a punt in the fourth quarter, Sproles got blown to pieces by Deshazor Everett before the ball ever even got there. It was a shockingly dirty hit. Everett was stunningly not ejected. Sproles remained down on the ground for several minutes before making his way to the locker room. He did not return. If diagnosed with a concussion, Sproles will be 50-50 to suit up against the Ravens in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 05:19:00 PM

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Skill Players
QB1Carson Wentz
2Nick Foles
3Matt McGloin
4Dane Evans
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2Darren Sproles
3Wendell Smallwood
4Donnel Pumphrey
5Ryan Mathews
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Darren Sproles
3RB1Darren Sproles
2Wendell Smallwood
WR11Alshon Jeffery
2Torrey Smith
3Mack Hollins
4Marcus Johnson
5Byron Marshall
WR21Jordan Matthews
2Nelson Agholor
3Bryce Treggs
4Paul Turner
5Shelton Gibson
WR31Torrey Smith
TE1Zach Ertz
2Brent Celek
3Trey Burton
4Anthony Denham
5Billy Brown
LT1Jason Peters
2Matt Tobin
3Dillon Gordon
LG1Isaac Seumalo
2Allen Barbre
3Josh Andrews
C1Jason Kelce
2Stefen Wisniewski
3Aaron Neary
4Tyler Orlosky
RG1Brandon Brooks
2Chance Warmack
3Darrell Greene
4Dallas Thomas
RT1Lane Johnson
2Halapoulivaati Vaitai
3Taylor Hart
4Victor Salako
K1Caleb Sturgis