Darren Sproles Fantasy News

Monday, December 29, 2014, 12:47pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Traded to the Eagles last offseason by the New Orleans Saints, Darren Sproles was supposed to create a dynamic backfield with Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy. Together, the two were supposed to be a nightmare for opposing defenses.

A vision that never came to fruition.

"I feel we could have done more," Sproles said of playing with McCoy, "but I don't know."

"Have us on the field the same time more," Sproles said of what he would like to see next season. "Have me do more routes out of the backfield."

Fantasy Impact:

Sproles was on the field for 344 total snaps in his first season with the Eagles. Of those 344 snaps, Sproles shared a backfield with McCoy only 38 times. The two were successful during their limited time together, as the offense averaged 6.5 yards per play this season with both McCoy and Sproles on the field, the story said. Sproles had double-digit touches the team's first two games but then the touches got less and less as the weeks went on. He did miss a game because of a knee injury. Sproles didn't catch a ball in three games this year and in two of those he wasn't even targeted.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 9:35am

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Something still is wrong with the Eagles' running game, 2 weeks into the return of Evan Mathis from an MCL injury and 3 weeks since Jason Kelce returned from abdominal surgery.

LeSean McCoy gained 155 yards on 25 carries when the Eagles won at Green Bay last November. Sunday, he slogged to 88 on 23. Same defense, except Clay Matthews had two healthy hands this time and was playing inside most of the time Sunday. Same offensive line, except for Matt Tobin replacing Todd Herremans.

"It was just a combination," HC Chip Kelly said yesterday, asked what he saw hindering the run game when he reviewed film of Sunday's 53-20 loss to the Packers, who came in ranked 30th in the NFL against the run. "There were times where it was blocked up pretty good and we hit a couple in there, and then there were some other times where we're just slipping off of blocks. We're not sustaining blocks or hitting it the right way."

Fantasy Impact:

Asked what McCoy can do better, Kelly said he couldn't specify one thing, but did think McCoy was patient, something that hasn't always been the case with the RB this season. Darren Sproles is averaging 6.8 yards per carry in very limited work behind the same line, but Kelly spoke enigmatically of "the rotation" and asserted that "LeSean is our guy." Asked why Sproles gets so few touches, Kelly said: "Yeah, I just don't think we're running the ball well overall." McCoy continues to get his 20-plus carries and while the yards have been OK as of late, he has just one TD in his last five games and just two overall. Sproles has just been getting a handful of touches since seeing double-digit touches very early in the season.

Larry Fitzgerald expects to play through MCL sprain

Monday, November 17, 2014, 1:24pm

Kent Somers on Twitter - [Full Article]

Cards WR Larry Fitzgerald has a grade 2 MCL sprain. Expects to play vs. Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a big relief to the Cards. Fitzgerald was able to finish the game, yet the team has to be relieved the MRI results indicate it wasn’t serious. A grade 2 sprain is on a scale from 1-3. Most medical web sites say a grade 2 is a severe sprain or partial tear. Initial reports on Darren Sproles said he had a partial tear and he ended up missing a game along with a bye week. If Fitz is the one who said he will play, we'll have to at least wait and see how he progresses this week, as players are often too optimistic about their statuses. John Brown could see a bump in snaps if Fitzgerald were to miss a game or two.

Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm

Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 9. Sproles is expected to return in Week 9 and is a so-so option coming off an injury in a mediocre matchup against the Texans.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) took full practice reps again Thursday. Sproles is expected to return in Week 9 and is a so-so option coming off injury in a mediocre matchup against the Texans.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) practiced fully Wednesday. Sproles is expected to return in Week 9 and is a so-so option coming off injury in a mediocre matchup against the Texans.

Darren Sproles says he'll play Week 9

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 2:37pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Darren Sproles injured his knee in the team’s Week 6 win over the Giants and wound up being listed as questionable for last week’s game after spending the bye week rehabbing the injury. The team ultimately decided not to play him, however.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Sproles said things would be different against the Texans. Sproles practiced on Tuesday and said afterward that he will be in the lineup when the game kicks off in Houston.

Fantasy Impact:

With Chris Polk active, the team decided to rest Sproles another week. Polk had three carries and a catch while spelling LeSean McCoy against Arizona - his first offensive touches of the season. Sproles had seven carries in each of his last two games, but hasn't recorded a catch since Week 4.

Darren Sproles officially OUT for Eagles

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 2:48pm

Eagles Inactives
Matt Barkley QB
Taylor Hart DE
Jason Kelce C
Dennis Kelly G
Brad Smith WR
Darren Sproles RB
Jaylen Watkins CB

Fantasy Impact:

RB Darren Sproles remains sidelined for the Eagles. Lesean McCoy should continue to receive a heavy workload.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Eagles RB Chris Polk (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 8. Polk would see an expanded role if he’s active and Darren Sproles isn’t.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 8. It appears that Sproles in on track to play in Week 8, though we wouldn’t want to start a gimpy player against a tough Cardinals defense. The game is late in the day, which only makes Sproles a less attractive play.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Eagles RB Chris Polk (hamstring) took full practice reps again Thursday. Polk would see an expanded role if he’s active and Darren Sproles isn’t.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. It appears that Sproles in on track to play in Week 8, though we wouldn’t want to start a gimpy player against a tough Cardinals defense.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Eagles RB Chris Polk (hamstring) practiced fully Wednesday. Polk would see an expanded role if he’s active and Darren Sproles isn’t.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. It appears that Sproles in on track to play in Week 8, though we wouldn’t want to start a gimpy player against a tough Cardinals defense.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 1:46pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

According to Redskins beat writers from CSN Washington, HC Jay Gruden seems to be losing his patience with the stagnant running game.

“Where do you want me to start?” he said Monday, asked what’s wrong with the ground attack.

But after saying Alfred Morris has missed some cutback opportunities in addition to numerous other systemic breakdowns, Gruden also gave Morris a vote of confidence, saying, “We still like Alfred. We still feel like he’s going to carry us to where we need to go.”

So it doesn’t sound to me like making a change is even in the discussion.

Fantasy Impact:

The normally consistent Morris has been anything but this year. It's a similar situation where LeSean McCoy is struggling but Darren Sproles has fewer carries but a higher yards per carry average. The same can be said for Roy Helu and Morris in Washington. Helu's carries are far and few between, but he's performing better behind a bad offensive line. The schedule does ease for the short term so we'll see if the team can get some momentum in the running game. The possible return of Robert Griffin III at QB could also help.