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|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 teamís return game. Letís 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 arenít 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.
| Nick Foles (broken collarbone) out 6-8 weeks -- Tue Nov 4 9:40 am --|
Mark Sanchez to assume reins to offense
|McLane posted "Looks more and more like Mark Sanchez at QB for the rest of the #Eagles season and possibly the playoffs." Both McLane and ESPN's Adam Schefter set Foles' timetable at 6-8 weeks, and that may even be on the optimistic side. Coming in cold off the bench Sunday, Sanchez completed 4-of-4 targets to Jeremy Maclin for gains of 52, 7, 21, and an eight-yard touchdown. Sanchez struggles to throw the ball outside the numbers, however, which could put a dent in Riley Cooper's already limited fantasy appeal. (Twitter (Jeff McLane))|
FF Today's Take: McLane is the Eagles beat writer for the Philly Inquirer, and Chip Kelly sounded Monday as if Sanchez had a tenuous lock on the starting job the rest of the way. Given Sanchez's checkdown game, it's likely that we'll see more Zach Ertz and receptions for RBs LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles going forward. Sanchez is worth an add in all formats in this potent offense.
| Sproles likely to miss a few weeks -- Mon Oct 13 11:45 am --|
Avoids ACL tear
|Eagles running back Darren Sproles wonít miss the rest of the season but will likely be sidelined a few weeks, according to a source familiar with the veteran tailbackís condition. Sproles injured his knee late in the third quarter Sunday night against the Giants, (CSNPhilly)|
FF Today's Take: Sproles avoided a severe knee injury but will likely be on the sidelines for the Eagles next game in Week 8 against the Cardinals. Philadelphia has a bye in Week 7. With Chris Polk out with a hamstring injury, the team may sign a running back (Matthew Tucker?) in the near future.