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Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles

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Draft: 2005 Round 4 (29)
College: Kansas State
Ht: 5’6”  Wt: 190 DOB: 1983-06-20 Age: 31
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#16 3 3.07

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G GS Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts FFPts/G
2005 SD 15 0 8 50 6.3 0 4 3 10 3.3 0 6.0 0.4
2007 SD 15 0 37 164 4.4 2 12 10 31 3.1 0 31.5 2.1
2008 SD 16 0 61 330 5.4 1 34 29 342 11.8 5 103.2 6.5
2009 SD 16 2 93 343 3.7 3 57 45 497 11.0 4 126.0 7.9
2010 SD 16 2 51 270 5.3 0 75 59 520 8.8 2 91.0 5.7
2011 NO 16 4 87 603 6.9 2 111 86 710 8.3 7 185.3 11.6
2012 PHI 13 0 48 244 5.1 1 104 75 667 8.9 7 139.1 10.7
2012 (Projected) PHI     128 565 4.4 3   74 645 8.7 5 169.0  

2014 Outlook
Depth Chart
The Saints signed Sproles to a multi-year contract during the 2011 offseason and the expectation was that he would serve as a pass catching threat out of the backfield as well as spice up the team’s return game. Let’s just say that for $14-million over four years, the Saints got an absolute bargain. Sproles set career highs in rushing yards with 603, receptions with 86, receiving yards with 710 and receiving touchdowns with seven while averaging 11.6 FPts/G. Is a repeat performance in 2012 in the cards? Why not? Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram figure to handle the majority of the work on rushing downs but when you chuck the ball around as much as the Saints do, there aren’t many rushing downs. Since Sproles hauled in an amazing 77.5% of his targets and averaged 8.3 yards per reception, a short pass to him beats a running play in most instances. While the Saints are unlikely to move Sproles into the starting lineup, he certainly ranks as their top fantasy running back entering the 2012 season. Sproles shapes up as a mid-tier RB2 in standard scoring formats and an upper tier RB2 in PPR leagues.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 LeSean McCoy
RB2RB3 Darren Sproles
RB3RB2 Chris Polk
RB4RB4 Kenjon Barner
Eagles Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury McCoy dealing with "small version of turf toe"     -- Mon Aug 18 8:00 pm --

Missed practice on Sunday, but returned on Monday
LeSean McCoy missed practice on Sunday with what he called “a small version of turf toe.” He returned to training camp at the NovaCare Complex on Monday and completed practice. “[Sunday] it was really, really hurting pretty bad," McCoy said. “It felt a little better [Monday], so I went for it.” McCoy said he injured the big toe on his left foot during a joint practice against the Patriots last week in New England. He told the media he had an MRI and X-rays on the toe and that he’s “fine.” After practice on Sunday, McCoy appeared frustrated and declined to answer questions about why he didn’t participate. (CSN Philly)

FF Today's Take: It may be "small" to McCoy, but it could be a big deal to his fantasy owners. As the league's most elusive back, McCoy arguably needs healthy toes as much any player, so it is troublesome when he told CSN Philly that it bothers him when he tries to put pressure on the toe. Last year marked the first time McCoy has played a full season in the last four years, so his owners need to keep Darren Sproles and Chris Polk in mind on draft day.
Eagles backfield to stress defenses     -- Wed Jul 16 3:15 pm --

McCoy marvels at Sproles' quickness
Darren Sproles' role in Chip Kelly's offense will be one of the intriguing plot lines as we encroach upon training camp. "Sproles has the quickest feet I've ever seen out of any player," McCoy said. "He'll help us out tremendously. I think the best thing about him, what he brings to this team is not only leadership and experience, but also just another big playmaker on the team. You talk about losing DeSean (Jackson), but I think Howie (Roseman) and Chip did a great job of bringing another playmaker to our team." (NFL.com)

FF Today's Take: Instead of feeling threatened or challenged by the addition of another veteran running back, LeSean McCoy is excited to share the backfield with another playmaker. In fact, no other running back tandem in the NFL boasts the combined explosive running and pass-catching abilities of LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles. They should be the focal point of Chip Kelly's dynamic offense this season but fantasy owners should keep a close eye on how often they see the field together where they will be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.
Polk may be in line for regular touches     -- Mon Jul 7 3:55 pm --

Eagles possibly looking to lessen reliance on McCoy
One of the few guys on offense who can expand his role in 2014 is Chris Polk, and given the success he had last year, I’d expect Polk to produce even more as LeSean McCoy’s backup than Bryce Brown did last year. Even though the Eagles traded for Darren Sproles this offseason, they almost surely would put the ball in Polk’s hands for most of the carries if LeSean McCoy got hurt. It wouldn’t shock me if Polk averaged between six to eight touches per game this coming season. For a guy with 11 NFL carries, that’s a hefty increase. (CSN Philly)

FF Today's Take: Polk made enough of an impression on the Eagles last year that they were willing to part with Brown. Even so, with McCoy and Sproles in front of him, the six to eight weekly touches probably represents Polk's ceiling than his 2014 if everyone stays relatively healthy. Nevertheless, Polk makes sense as the most likely handcuff for McCoy.
Sproles running as McCoy's direct backup     -- Thu Jun 5 5:20 pm --

Former Saint has never had more than 93 carries in a season
Darren Sproles will turn 31 in June and averaged 4.2 yards per carry last season, the second-worst mark of his career. But during the two OTAs that were open to the media, he took almost all the reps with the second team at running back. He's yet to take reps as a slot receiver (from what we've seen). With the Bryce Brown trade, the question of what the Eagles' plan will be should LeSean McCoy go down needs an answer this summer. Given his frame and age, Sproles doesn't seem like a viable option to carry the load; he's never had more than 93 carries in a season. (Philly Mag: Birds 24/7)

FF Today's Take: McCoy played all 16 games in 2013 for the first time since his rookie year, so the Eagles do need to find his direct backup. Chris Polk was beginning to emerge near the end of the season, but underwent what was reported as "major" shoulder surgery in the offseason. In the event of a long-term McCoy injury, Polk would likely become the lead back and Sproles would remain the passing-down back.

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