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Darren Sproles | Running Back

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 190
College: Kansas State
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The Eagles have gotten Darren Sproles reps at receiver during spring practices.
Sproles didn't line up wide or in the slot much last season. But coach Chip Kelly said he wants to find more ways to get Sproles touches, and in a crowded backfield behind DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, getting Sproles some looks out of the slot isn't a bad idea. Much like last season when Sproles averaged five touches per game, his weekly workloads will be of the lightly-used change-of-pace variety. He's a fantasy RB4/5. Jun 19 - 8:46 AM

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The Eagles have informed Darren Sproles that his role won't change in 2015.

32 years old now, Sproles started 2014 off like gangbusters in the first two weeks, but averaged just five touches per game in the second half of the season. Sproles is primarily a special teams player in Philly. His backfield usage could even dip further following the additions of DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews.
May 29 - 9:07 PM

Chip Kelly said he wants to get Darren Sproles on the field more this season.

Sproles was among the most effective running backs in the league last season, averaging 5.77 yards per carry, 9.67 yards per reception and scoring six touchdowns. But he was given just 6.4 touches per game, making him a poor week-to-week fantasy option. No matter what Kelly says, it's hard to see that number rising now that the Eagles have made serious investments in DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews.
Mar 26 - 9:18 AM

Coach Chip Kelly insists Darren Sproles remains an "integral part" of the Eagles' offense despite Thursday's signings of DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews.

"Darren is a Swiss army knife," Kelly said. "You can use him in a million different ways." We'll take Kelly at his word on this one. Sproles essentially plays a different position than Murray and Mathews, and only touched the ball 97 times in 2014. There's no reason he can't remain a lightning change-of-pace back to the thunder Kelly wants to emphasize on early downs.
Mar 12 - 9:29 PM

Cutting Darren Sproles would only save the Eagles $600K against the cap.

Sproles' versatility as a hybrid receiver/running back makes him a great fit for Chip Kelly's offense, even if the volume was lacking last season. He is certain to be back with the Eagles in 2015 as a pass-game complement to feature back LeSean McCoy and big back Chris Polk.
Source: Philly.com
Feb 26 - 10:56 AM

Darren Sproles rushed one time for five yards and caught three passes for 23 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Giants.

Sproles was effective in his first year as an Eagle, averaging 5.77 YPC with a career-high six rushing touchdowns and catching 40 passes for 387 yards. But much to the frustration of fans, Chip Kelly never had any intention of giving Sproles volume. The gadget back averaged just 6.4 touches per game and that number certainly won't rise in 2015 as he turns 32 years old in June.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 07:08:00 PM

Darren Sproles had four carries for 24 yards in Saturday's Week 16 loss to the Redskins.

He added six catches for 43 yards. It's the most yards in the last seven games for Sproles, who finished behind only Zach Ertz with nine targets. Sproles won't be more than a boom-or-bust FLEX option for Week 17.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 09:42:00 PM

Darren Sproles had three carries for five yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 15 loss to the Cowboys.

He added two catches for eight yards. Sproles scored a one-yard touchdown in the third quarter, but finished with only five touches. Chris Polk also vultured two goal-line scores from LeSean McCoy. Sproles won't be a recommended fantasy option for Week 16 against Washington.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 01:08:00 AM

Darren Sproles finished with zero yards on four carries in Philadelphia's Week 14 loss to the Seahawks.

Sproles wasn't targeted in the passing game. There was simply no room to be found against the Seahawks' elite defense. Sproles is averaging a measly 4.4 touches over his past five games, making him a no-go as a FLEX option, even in PPR leagues.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 08:21:00 PM

Darren Sproles had one carry for 13 yards and three catches for 19 yards in Thursday's Week 13 win over the Cowboys.

Sproles had four touches behind LeSean McCoy. He continues to be a drain on McCoy's pass-down usage despite only getting three catches, and added 32 yards on three punt returns. Sproles won't be a recommended fantasy option against Seattle in Week 14.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 09:15:00 PM

Darren Sproles rushed six times for 25 yards with one touchdown and caught three passes for 14 yards in Sunday's Week 12 win over the Titans.

LeSean McCoy had his best performance of the season (21-130-1), but that didn't stop Sproles from vulturing a 4-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Sproles now has five rushing scores on the year, easily topping his previous career-high of three. The problem with using Sproles on a week-to-week basis is that he's touchdown dependent and isn't even really a goal-line back. He's averaging just 5.5 touches per game over the last four weeks.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 04:44:00 PM

Darren Sproles rushed two times for 21 yards and caught two passes for 23 yards in Sunday's Week 11 loss at Lambeau.

This is why we can't chase big games from Sproles. After getting just two touches last week, he gets four this week and continues to play miles behind LeSean McCoy. There's no reason to think that will change heading into a Week 12 game against the Titans. Sproles is now averaging 6.7 touches per game on the season -- a number that is boosted by a 15-touch Week 1 showing.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 08:04:00 PM

Darren Sproles rushed for an eight-yard touchdown and returned a punt for a 65-yard touchdown in the Eagles' Week 10 thrashing of the Panthers.

Sproles received just the lone carry and caught only one pass for 13 yards. He dropped his other target. Sproles' touches have decreased in recent weeks, with Chris Polk seeing a bit more action behind LeSean McCoy, but Sproles made the most of his opportunities Monday. He walked in untouched for his rushing score. He's just not seeing enough volume to make him more than a FLEX.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 12:16:00 AM

Darren Sproles rushed three times for 17 yards and caught four passes for 46 yards in Sunday's Week 9 win at Houston.

Sproles was 100 percent as he came off his MCL sprain and rotated in on most passing downs. However, the backup base work went to Chris Polk. Although Sproles remains very slippery after the catch, he's not going to see enough volume to be anything more than a weak flex -- even in PPR formats. The ex-Saint is on pace for 70 rushes, 40 catches, 944 total yards and six offensive touchdowns.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 06:28:00 PM

Darren Sproles (knee) is probable for Week 9 against the Texans.

He'll return from his sprained MCL as Rotoworld's No. 34 running back this week.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 12:23:00 PM