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|At 32 years of age, Darren Sproles is in the twilight of his career and appears to be losing his fantasy relevance after posting a career low 40 catches for 387 yards as the third down and change-of-pace back for the Eagles in 2014. Perhaps most surprising, Sproles did not post a single receiving touchdown last season, the first time he failed to score a receiving touchdown since 2007. He did score six rushing touchdowns on just 57 carries, making him one of the more efficient TD scoring backs in the league. That will likely change in 2015, as the Eagles added both DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews via free agency. His change-of-pace role may stay the same, but age and reduced opportunity have reduced Sproles to a flex play in only deep leagues this season. His value will increase significantly should Murray or Matthews sustain an injury.
|Murray doesn't expect to alternate series at RB|
Rushing champ claims Eagles' rotation hasn't been decided yet
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 27, 4:45 pm
|On Tuesday, DeMarco Murray was asked how he expects the rotation to play out. Will the RBs alternate series? Will they spell one another during a drive?
"I don't think it will be alternating series," Murray said. "But [Ryan Mathews] is a quality back, great guy, works extremely hard. I'm sure he'll get his fair share of touches. But I don't know how the rotation will be yet, we haven't touched on it."
Murray explained that against the Ravens, the Eagles were just trying to get all three top running backs time with the first-team offense. (CSN Philly)|
FFToday's Take: It is almost inconceivable that Philadelphia hasn't discussed the backfield situation yet, but this week's dress-rehearsal preseason game should give us a clue into how HC Chip Kelly intends to utilize Murray, Mathews and Darren Sproles. One possible outcome could be that Murray starts and cedes one series per half and most early-down relief work to Mathews while Sproles handles most of the third down work. As such, Murray should probably be treated as a low-end RB1 at most.