Eagles Fantasy News

Eagles release Week 6 inactives list; RB Wendell Smallwood is out

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:13pm

Eagles Inactives
CB - Ronald Darby
WR - Shelton Gibson
OT - Lane Johnson
DT - Elijah Qualls
RB - Wendell Smallwood
DT - Destiny Vaeao
DB - Jaylen Watkins

Fantasy Impact:

The biggest news here is that Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood is inactive. This gives a boost to LeGarrette Blount, who we have ranked as a top-32 RB in both standard and PPR leagues. Corey Clement and Kenjon Barner could also see an increase in snaps.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7:48pm

Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood (knee, questionable) did not practice Wednesday.

Friday, October 6, 2017, 6:42pm

Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood (knee, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 5. Smallwood is not expected to play. It would be a bump for LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement.

A pair of Cardinals wide receivers listed as questionable for Week 5

Friday, October 6, 2017, 4:10pm

Darren Urban - [Full Article]

Both J.J. Nelson (hamstring) and John Brown (quad) are listed as questionable for the team's Week 5 contest against the Eagles. If both WRs miss this week's game that would give a boost to Jaron Brown, and most likely more targets for Larry Fitzgerald.

Philadelphia Eagles RB Wendall Smallwood ruled questionable

Friday, October 6, 2017, 11:33am

Jimmy Kempski - [Full Article]

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson relayed the message that Smallwood (knee) would not practice today, culminating in a week of DNPs.

Fantasy Impact:

If Smallwood is ruled out for the week it would leave the bulk of the carries to LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement, and Kenjon Barner. We have Blount ranked as a top-26 option in both standard and PPR leagues this week, following his best game of the season in which he carried the ball 16 times for 136 yards (both season-highs).

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:29pm

Cardinals WR J.J. Nelson (hamstring, tooth) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Nelson’s playing time dipped to 29% in Week 4 upon the return of John Brown, so he’s not guaranteed to see enough snaps to be productive against the Eagles.

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:29pm

Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood (knee) missed practice again Thursday. If Smallwood can’t play, look for Corey Clement to pick up the slack in the passing game.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 6:08pm

Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood (knee) did not practice Wednesday. This is a new injury for Smallwood. We’ll see what he’s able to do at practice on Thursday and Friday. Corey Clement stands to benefit the most from a potential Smallwood absence.

Sunday, October 1, 2017, 2:37pm

Eagles Inactives
Fletcher Cox DT
Ronald Darby CB
Shelton Gibson WR
Corey Graham DB
Isaac Seumalo OG
Destiny Vaeao DT
Jaylen Watkins CB

Eagles beat: RB Wendell Smallwood 'unlikely' to be featured back

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9:13am

http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2017/09/how_will_the_eagles_replace_fletcher_cox_darren_sp.html - [Full Article]

The best chance the Eagles have on their roster of replacing Darren Sproles is second-year back Wendell Smallwood, but because of his limitations in pass protection, it is unlikely they will make him the featured back.

Related Players: LeGarrette Blount

Fantasy Impact:

Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich said Tuesday Smallwood would "no doubt" have an increased role, but how much remains to be seen. This will likely still be a split backfield with Blout and Smallwood, but fantasy owners are just hoping it doesn't become a 3-man RBBC again, even without Sproles for the rest of the season.

Eagles sign RB Kenjon Barner

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7:18pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

The Eagles are bringing back a familiar face to fill the empty roster spot left open after running back Darren Sproles suffering a season-ending injury this past Sunday.

One day after placing Sproles on season-ending IR with a torn Achilles, the Eagles have announced the signing of running back Kenjon Barner, who they worked out on Tuesday.

Related players: Wendell Smallwood

Fantasy Impact:

The story said it's not clear how much Barner will play on offense. He is familiar with the system so if he's active he could potentially cut into Smallwood's workload, which was getting a lot of hype so far this week, on passing downs.

Reich: 'No doubt' Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood will have increased role

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7:08pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

About five weeks ago, reporters were asking Wendell Smallwood if he thought he would make the Eagles’ roster.

Smallwood made it, despite a hamstring injury that dogged him through training camp and the preseason. Tuesday, reporters were asking Smallwood if he thinks he can fill in for Darren Sproles the rest of the year.

“There’s no doubt Wendell’s going to have an increased role,” offensive coordinator Frank Reich said Tuesday. “He’s the guy – I think all the [backs] have some third-down ability, but I think Wendell has really improved in that area. He showed a natural aptitude for it early, both from a protection standpoint and from a route-running standpoint. I’m not sure you can ever replace ‘43’ in that regard; he’s just a unique player. But I feel good about Wendell, and him stepping up.”

Related players: LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement

Fantasy Impact:

The hype around Smallwood started at the same time the rumors of Blount not making the team came about. Those who follow the team feel he has improved in the pass-catching area so he's the logical choice for replacing Sproles in passing downs. Keep in mind, the Eagles haven't been a sure-thing when it comes to consistently running the ball, but Smallwood's potential role in the passing game should give him value going forward.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) on target to play Week 4

Monday, September 25, 2017, 6:58pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

After missing most of the second half Sunday with a sore knee, Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said his workhorse running back, Melvin Gordon, should be fine and is on target to play against the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend.

Fantasy Impact:

Lynn added that Gordon is sore. It's the same knee Gordon had microfracture surgery on during the 2016 season.

Schefter: Eagles RB Darren Sproles also torn ACL

Monday, September 25, 2017, 11:29am

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Eagles RB Darren Sproles tore his ACL and broke his arm on same play, sources say. Surgery on arm today, knee later.

Fantasy Impact:

Sproles was set to return when the injury was just to his arm, but this likely ends his 2017, and possibly his career - at least with the Eagles.

Eagles RB Darren Sproles has broken arm

Monday, September 25, 2017, 8:00am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles is believed to have suffered a broken arm, Ian Rapoport reported. The veteran will undergo an MRI on Monday to learn additional details, but is out indefinitely.

Related players: Wendell Smallwood

Fantasy Impact:

Reports out of Philly early Monday morning from those who follow the team didn't make it seem like Sproles would be placed on IR or lost for the season. Obviously those are unofficial, so we'll continue to monitor. Smallwood seems to be the most likely candidate to pick up Sproles' touches.

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