Part of the expected release of pressure on Eagles RB LeSean McCoy comes in the addition of Darren Sproles, the dynamic running back who is the NFL’s leader in all-purpose yardage since 2007. That the Eagles parted with a fifth-round pick tells you that the team has a large role in mind for Sproles, who had no fewer than 71 receptions in each of his three seasons with the Saints.
Meanwhile, Sproles should be expected to contribute as a returner on special teams as well – which is something the Eagles are well aware of after his 39-yard kickoff return in the Wild Card round put New Orleans in great field position to set up the game-winning field goal as time expired.
Given the amount of plays the Eagles should run, McCoy shouldn't lose a ton of fantasy value with the presence of Sproles. However any hit will likely be some receptions. Still, we think McCoy and Sproles are around the 50-catch mark this year. Sproles could have some value in deeper PPR leagues.