Darren Sproles Fantasy News
Khiry Robinson to assume larger role in Saints backfield
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9:46am
This is an overstatement, what with Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram still on the roster. There are rumors that Thomas will be cut, but the team may hold onto him after releasing Darren Sproles. We like what Robinson brings to the table, but he was playing behind Thomas and Ingram in 2013 and that's not likely to change in 2014 if both players are still around. Travaris Cadet could also assume Sproles's old role.
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Report: Saints to cut Darren Sproles
Friday, March 7, 2014, 6:54pm
This is not a huge shock for the cash-strapped Saints, though it may indicate that Pierre Thomas is safe since the team needs a pass-catching RB. Sproles numbers fell off a bit in 2013. After finishing #5 and #13 in 2011 and 2012 (in PPR), Sproles finished #23 in that format last season. He'll land on his feet in free agency.
Pierre Thomas's future with Saints in doubt
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 11:26am
The agent for New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas said Tuesday the team has reached out to discuss Thomas' future with the Saints. But Lamont Smith, Thomas' agent, wouldn't comment on what those talks meant for Thomas' future.
Thomas is entering the final year of his contract with the Saints and is set to count $2.9 million against the 2014 salary cap. With the Saints in a financial bind heading into 2014, Thomas could be a candidate to become a salary cap casualty as the Saints would save all of Thomas' $2.9 million cap figure with no dead money attached.
Thomas was an important cog in the Saints' offense in 2013 (224 touches, leading the team), but the Saints could replace his production with Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram (who looked a bit better last season) and Khiry Robinson. Robinson would likely see the biggest jump in workload if Thomas is not around in 2014.
Saturday, January 4, 2014, 7:03pm
Pierre Thomas (chest) ruled OUT for WC game
Friday, January 3, 2014, 4:42pm
SI: Andre Ellington destined for stardom
Thursday, December 19, 2013, 12:01pm
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington has sensational lateral agility, soft hands and good stop-start speed. HC Bruce Arians consistently has created matchup problems by using the future superstar (yes, SUPERstar) at wide and slot receiver, where Ellington’s route running is pristine. His backfield touches also have been diverse, with a variety of screens, draws, tosses and straight handoffs.
Ellington is not built like a feature back, so it's unlikely that he's ever going to consistently see 20-plus touches. But he has already carved out a complementary role that could get bigger over time -- think 2011 Darren Sproles (11.5 touches per game) with a bigger rushing role. He is the #26 RB in both standard and PPR formats.
Monday, December 2, 2013, 7:42pm
RB Darren Sproles returns to the lineup.
MNF Injury Report - Percy Harvin DOUBTFUL
Saturday, November 30, 2013, 5:11pm
LB Keyunta Dawson (calf), DE Glenn Foster (knee)
CB Chris Carr (hip, hamstring), G Jahri Evans (ankle), RB Darren Sproles (ankle)
CB Brandon Browner (groin)
WR Percy Harvin (hip)
Harvin's hip injury flared up and he is now doubtful for Monday. He is a risky play to begin with in what is not a great matchup, plus coming back from injury. However, now you pretty much need to take him out of your lineup and go another direction this week. Lynch was listed as 'limited' for Thursday's practice, but the Seahawks actually didn't practice that day so it's an estimation. Lynch is probable and appears to be a go on Monday night after practicing fully on Friday and Saturday.
For the Saints, Sproles was a full participant Thursday through Saturday in practice and is listed as probable. It's obviously a tough matchup for Sproles on the road in Seattle, who has been more of a boom or bust this season.
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 7:35pm
With Sproles out, Pierre Thomas gets a small bump. The Saints are usually careful about not overworking him, so expect Mark Ingram to see 10-13 carries as well. He's a low end RB2 in standard formats. Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet may also see a few snaps as well. Lance Moore gets a small bump and looks like a WR4/flex option in a great matchup against the Falcons. Kenny Stills was already a Sneaky Start given the matchup.
Monday, November 11, 2013, 12:47pm
From all indications, Saints RB Mark Ingram has always remained highly valued and respected inside the Saints organization. Despite all of his struggles, he has continued to have an outstanding attitude and work ethic. From the beginning, he has never complained about his lack of touches.
"I'm so happy for him," QB Drew Brees said Sunday night. "He was a man on a mission today. This is kind of just breaking the seal for what he's capable of."
Going forward, we obviously can’t read too much into Ingram’s performance against a toothless Dallas defense. He needs a few more encores, and he’ll be facing a lot more difficult run defenses (San Francisco, Seattle, Carolina twice). Also, I think Ingram will remain the Saints’ third option behind veterans Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles in a backfield-by-committee setup.
The Saints have way too many weapons on offense. Until this past week, it looked like TE Jimmy Graham was the only sure fantasy bet, but even he was well down a list of impressive performances against the Cowboys on Sunday night. Ingram will be a risky play and looks to only have value in deeper leagues right now. We're going to have to see a lot more performances like Sunday night vs. Dallas before he can go in lineups.
Colston & Graham active for SNF
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 7:19pm