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Darren Sproles | Running Back | #43

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (33) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 190
College: Kansas State
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 4 (130) / SD
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Darren Sproles rushed seven times for 14 yards and one touchdown and caught 6-of-6 targets for 35 yards in the Eagles' Week 13 loss to the Bengals.
His six catches tied for the second-most on the team on a day Carson Wentz threw the ball a season-high 60 times. Like last week, the Eagles fell behind early and were trailing by multiple scores much of the day, leading to Sproles dominating backfield snaps over Wendell Smallwood. Sproles was able to punch in a one-yard touchdown run late in the second half. Sproles should see a similar workload next week against the Redskins. Dec 4 - 4:36 PM

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Darren Sproles rushed three times for six yards and caught 5-of-7 targets for 48 yards in the Eagles' Week 12 loss to the Packers.

Wendell Smallwood got the "start" for the Eagles, but Sproles got the first touch out of the backfield. He ended up out-snapping Smallwood 31-22 due in large part to the Eagles trailing by two scores for much of the second half. Smallwood had a slight edge in touches, 10-9. Sproles also had a long catch-and-run called back on an offensive pass interference call on Dorial Green-Beckham. With Ryan Mathews sidelined with a sprained MCL, Sproles should again see around double-digit touches next week on the road at the Bengals.
Nov 29 - 12:08 AM

Darren Sproles (rib) is expected to play Monday night against the Packers.

This is not a surprise considering Sproles practiced in full all week. Coach Doug Pederson said he has not "seen anything that would keep me from giving him the same amount of work in this game," so Sproles should be good to go for at worst his normal workload. With Ryan Mathews (knee) out, he could actually see a bump in touches. Sproles is a solid play in PPR formats and an RB3/FLEX in standard leagues.
Nov 26 - 11:18 AM

Darren Sproles (rib) was listed as a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Sproles was always expected to play through his rib injury, and this full practice all but confirms it. He will serve as the passing-down back regardless of if Ryan Mathews or Wendell Smallwood gets the start.
Nov 24 - 12:29 PM

Darren Sproles (rib) is not practicing Wednesday.

Sproles suffered a broken rib in the Week 11 loss to the Seahawks. He has an extra day to get ready with the Eagles and Packers kicking off on Monday night. But with Mathews and Sproles not practicing on Wednesday, rookie Wendell Smallwood remains one of the top adds of the week.
Nov 23 - 11:07 AM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Darren Sproles suffered a fractured rib Sunday against the Seahawks.

The fracture is reportedly in a safe area, which means Sproles should be able to play through the issue. He will get some time off in practice this week, but Sproles should be ready to go for Monday night against the Packers.
Nov 21 - 12:10 PM

Darren Sproles has been ruled out of Week 11 against the Seahawks with a rib injury.

Sproles exited just before halftime after taking a big hit on a punt return. He was ruled out after the break. With Ryan Mathews (knee) also out, Wendell Smallwood should get as much work as he can handle in the second half.
Nov 20 - 6:14 PM

Darren Sproles played 31-of-79 (39%) snaps Week 10 against the Falcons.

Sproles actually led the backfield in snaps, but it did not seem that way watching the game. Ryan Matthews (26 snaps) worked as the clear lead back while Wendell Smallwood (19 snaps) saw 13 carries as well. The good news is it looks like Sproles will have a role regardless of the game plan, and he should play big snaps when the Eagles get into negative game scripts. That gives him a solid floor and a reasonable ceiling in PPR formats.
Nov 14 - 8:35 AM

Darren Sproles rushed twice for 19 yards and caught 8-of-10 targets for 57 yards Week 10 against the Falcons.

The clear lead back the last two weeks, Sproles took a backseat to Ryan Mathews and, at times, Wendell Smallwood as the Eagles executed a ball-control gameplan. After getting just two catches in the first half, Sproles was much more involved after the break and should play more snaps in less conservative gameplans, but his days as the lead back might be over. He will still be on the RB3 map next week in Seattle.
Nov 13 - 4:48 PM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson admitted Darren Sproles is the lead back.

Pederson stubbornly said Ryan Mathews was still the "lead guy" last week, but the last two games have proven Sproles is the No. 1. Sproles has 36 touches to just 11 for Mathews the last two games and has played just over 80 percent of the snaps. Sproles is the back to own in Philly.
Nov 7 - 12:14 PM

Darren Sproles played 60-of-75 (80%) snaps Week 9 against the Giants.

It is the second week in a row Sproles has dominated the backfield work. Sproles has out-touched Ryan Mathews 36-to-11 the last two games while playing just over 80 percent of the snaps. His touchdown upside is limited, but Sproles is the back to own in Philly.
Nov 7 - 10:01 AM

Darren Sproles rushed 13 times for 57 yards and caught 3-of-9 targets for 14 yards in the Eagles' Week 9 loss to the Giants.

Sproles started and played ahead of Ryan Mathews. He wasn't a factor in the pass despite his nine targets and got vultured on a red-zone TD. Sproles is the clear preferred back going forward, but has limited touchdown upside. He'll be a RB3/FLEX play against Atlanta in Week 10.
Nov 6 - 5:31 PM

Coach Doug Pederson said he will "evaluate in these next couple of days" whether to replace Ryan Mathews with Darren Sproles as the No. 1 running back.

You could argue it's already happened. "I can't say that 100 percent," Pederson said. "It's something we'll evaluate in these next couple of days and make that determination." Sproles has out-snapped Mathews by 113 offensive snaps on the year and played 62 plays to Mathews' eight on Sunday night against the Cowboys. Mathews has been a plodding fumble machine in limited carries, while Sproles has averaged 5.0 YPC and 10.3 yards per catch on the year. Mathews is steaming down the track as potential waiver wire fodder in the very near future.
Source: CSN Philly
Oct 31 - 8:41 PM

Darren Sproles rushed 15 times for 86 yards and caught 5-of-7 passes for 17 yards in Week 8 against Dallas.

Sproles played ahead of Ryan Mathews, who had just four carries. He saw a season-high 80 percent of the Eagles' offensive snaps. The Eagles feeding Sproles was a hot-hand situation, but he's the preferred option going forward with Mathews struggling and Wendell Smallwood losing a costly fumble. Sproles should have gameflow working for him in a Week 9 matchup with the Giants.
Oct 31 - 12:49 AM

Darren Sproles rushed three times for 26 yards and caught 2-of-3 targets for 23 yards Week 7 against the Vikings.

Sproles had zero touches at halftime, but he contributed a couple big plays as the offense started to get something going in the second half. It did not matter against Minnesota, but Sproles was surprisingly involved in the red zone. If he starts to become a bigger factor near the end zone, Sproles could become a fantasy factor outside of deep PPR formats. That is not going to happen this week against the Cowboys, however.
Oct 23 - 4:23 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Wentz
2Chase Daniel
RB1Ryan Mathews
2Darren Sproles
3Wendell Smallwood
4Kenjon Barner
GLB1Ryan Mathews
2Darren Sproles
3RB1Darren Sproles
2Ryan Mathews
WR11Jordan Matthews
2Dorial Green-Beckham
WR21Nelson Agholor
2Bryce Treggs
WR31Dorial Green-Beckham
TE1Zach Ertz
2Brent Celek
3Trey Burton
LT1Jason Peters
2Matt Tobin
LG1Allen Barbre
2Isaac Seumalo
3Josh Andrews
C1Jason Kelce
2Stefen Wisniewski
RG1Brandon Brooks
2Dillon Gordon
RT1Lane Johnson
2Halapoulivaati Vaitai
K1Caleb Sturgis