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| As part of the running back-by-committee last season, Sproles posted the most rushing yards (438), attempts (94), and receiving yards (427) in his three seasons with the Eagles. His relatively low touchdown total of only four combined scores limited his effectiveness in standard leagues, but his usage in the passing game made up for his shortcomings (pardon the pun) in PPR formats.
At age 34, the diminutive running back continues to prove his detractors wrong by delivering productive seasons well into his 30's. The addition of Donnell Pumphrey is a significant threat to Sproles, as Pumphrey is a talented pass catching back that could take the third-down duties away from the ageless one.
For this reason, Sproles should only be considered in deep PPR formats and not standard leagues. The addition of Blount to an already crowded backfield will certainly limit Sproles' usage in the red zone, and Pumphrey could take the receiving back lead in training camp.
| Broken arm, torn ACL for Darren Sproles|
Surgery on arm scheduled for Monday
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Sep 25, 10:45 am
|Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles tore an ACL and broke an arm on the same play Sunday, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.
Sproles is having surgery on his arm Monday and will require surgery on his knee, sources said. His season is over. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This could be the end of the line for Sproles (34) who was playing a key role in the Eagles offense. LeGarrette Blount, Wendell Smallwood, and Corey Clement are next up on the depth chart. This will likely be a backfield by committee with Smallwood and Blount holding similar value. Smallwood is the better option for PPR leagues.
|Wendell Smallwood to have significant role in 2017|
Eagles RB still part of committee, but primed for more touches
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Jul 25, 8:22 am
|Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) on Twitter: "I think Smallwood will have a pretty significant role this year. They like him." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Wendell Smallwood is a compact back who could eat into the workloads of Darren Sproles and LeGarrette Blount in Philly, especially if either struggles or gets injured. This is generally a situation to avoid in fantasy, but Smallwood may be worth a snag in super-deep formats if he keeps getting it done during camp.