Darren Sproles, RB, Saints
|RB - #17||NO||Active||10 years||30||5'6||190||@DarrenSproles|
2013 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Aug-14-2013 by Vin Sadicario
Darren Sproles will enter the 2013 season as the Saints' main pass catcher out of the backfield. Sproles caught 75 passes in 2012 despite missing three games, and should continue to flourish in PPR leagues this coming season. Sproles will not be much of a factor in the running game for the Saints, but his pass catching skills are enough to make him a solid RB 2 in PPR fantasy leagues. He's going off the board in the late second and early third. If you happen to start your draft WR/WR and he somehow falls to the third, walk to the bank, you're a winner.
Already between $2 million and $4 million under the salary cap after parting ways with wide receiver Lance Moore, the New Orleans Saints are going to try to free up some more space by trading spark plug running back, Darren Sproles. If they can't get what they'd like in a trade, the team has said they are prepared to release Sproles into free agency. Sproles has been a big part of the Saints offense since coming to New Orleans in 2011. However, he saw a dip in production in 2013, averaging only 4.2 yards per carry, after ripping off over 5 per touch in his first two seasons with the team. He also only found the end zone four times in 2013, after combining to score 17 touchdowns in 2011 and 2012.
The Saints are also shopping Pierre Thomas ahead of free agency.Fantasy Analysis:
I'm an admitted Sproles lover. Any time I have a player who's a big piece to a fantasy championship puzzle, they forever hold a place in my heart. Sproles was just that a couple years ago, helping me win a 16 team keeper-auction league. With that said, I also try to avoid smaller running backs once they reach the age of 30 and fully expected a decline from him in 2013. So, I kept him this year and traded him early in the season.
Sproles best years are behind him for sure. Wherever he ends up, he'll be used as a change of pace back/third down back. He's still a dynamic player who could break a big play at anytime and still has some value in PPR formats. But, outside of landing in a handful of perfect situations, without the benefit of playing in Sean Payton's offense and without having Drew Brees as his quarterback, it can only be assumed that Sproles is going to continue his fantasy decline in 2014.
I hate to say that, as I'm a huge fan the guy. But, as a fantasy owner, the saying goes, "hang on to the past, you're gonna finish last". Time to move on.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors3/8 - RB Sproles will not be a Saint in 2014
3/6 - Saints looking to unload offensive weapons?
2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|3.03||FFToolbox - Jamie Blackburn - In a PPR format, give me Sproles as my RB2 anyday, and twice on Sundays (I wish). He and Graham will continue to be Brees' main weapons.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|3.06||World Ranked Player #26 - Sproles is a PPR machine and in a high octane offense. 70-80 receptions are in order again and I will gladly take that for my RB2.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|3.07||BFDFantasy - Like this value as he is a rock in PPR|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
|2.08||TheHuddle - Sproles just doesn't get the love he deserves, even in PPR scoring. I'll gladly take him as my RB2 each and every time I can. Expectation is for him to finish as a RB1. Not to far fetched if you look at what he has done in this format each of the past two years.|
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