Sproles logged 23 of the Eagles' 52 offensive snaps during Sunday's defeat at Washington. Rushing four times for 20 yards and hauling in a season-low one catch (on his only target) for four yards, Sproles was behind starting running back Ryan Mathews in touches (nine) but led the backfield in snaps (11 for Mathews and 10 for Wendell Smallwood). Even deep reserve Kenjon Barner handled eight snaps, so a timeshare continues to reign among Eagles running backs. If the preceding remains the status quo, Sproles may be a PPR option, at best, moving forward.
Sproles carried five times for 45 yards and caught all four targets for an additional 23 yards in Sunday's 24-23 loss to the Lions. Sproles actually led the team in rushing yardage despite his limited number of carries, but he failed to make a significant contribution in the passing game as he managed just 5.8 yards per catch. His workload Sunday was in line with the 9.5 touches he averages for the season, so Sproles will need to generate more as a receiver in order to produce useful fantasy performances moving forward. He will have the opportunity to do so next week versus the Redskins.
Sproles rushed 12 times for 40 yards and caught two passes (on two targets) for eight yards in Monday night's win over the Bears. Sproles led the Eagles with 12 carries, topping teammate Ryan Mathews' mark of nine Monday. Although Mathews' total included two totes that he took for short touchdowns, Sproles also got a couple goal line calls, but couldn't punch the ball in. On the whole, Sproles couldn't find much room to run Monday, but after getting just seven touches in Week 1, the fact that he doubled that in Philadelphia's second game seems encouraging ahead of Sunday's in-state meeting with the Steelers.
Sproles carried five times for 12 yards to go along with two receptions for 24 yards in the Eagles' 29-10 victory over the Browns on Sunday. Sproles was expected to assume a complementary role to RB Ryan Mathews to open the season. While that appears to be the case on the surface, the team's distribution of snaps suggests otherwise; Sproles saw 38-of-77 snaps compared to Mathews' 37. The near dead-even split didn't translate to equivalent rushing production, though, as Mathews logged 22 carries of his own. However, Mathews meanwhile wasn't involved in the passing game whatsoever, while Sproles garnered five targets. Overall, each tailback's one-dimensional role figures to continue moving forward, ultimately limiting the fantasy upside of both.
Sproles is expected to be a complementary option to starting running back Ryan Mathews this season, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Sproles could earn an extended carry total if he develops the hot hand in a game, but otherwise he's expected to make most his damage as a change-of-pace runner or a mismatch in the receiving game. At 33 years old, Sproles has intentionally been preserved somewhat during the preseason to ensure he remains fresh over the course of the upcoming campaign. In 16 games last season, Sproles finished with 317 rushing yards, 388 receiving yards, four offensive touchdowns and two punt return scores.
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|9||11/06||@New York Giants||15||16.00|
|12||11/29||Green Bay Packers||1||9.00|
|16||12/23||New York Giants||15||16.00|
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