Darren Sproles rips off Saints' longest run all year
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/9/13) Saints running back Darren Sproles is known for his pass-catching skills, but when he lined up as a traditional tailback Sunday night he delivered some fireworks. Sproles scooted 38 yards, the team's longest run this season. It was his only carry.
Sproles caught all three of his targets for 23 yards, including a 20-yard screen to spark a touchdown drive right before halftime.
Sproles visits the Rams in Week 15.
Which Saints running back can your trust in Week 14?
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/6/13) The Saints face the Panthers at home in Week 14, and that's a tough matchup for running backs Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles. They should only be considered as flex options in PPR leagues this week.
Thomas is the better of the two because he has at least seven Fantasy points in a standard league in five of his past six games. At home, Thomas has 37 Fantasy points in his past three games against Buffalo, Dallas and San Francisco. The good thing for Thomas, which helps him in PPR leagues, is he had at least four catches in five games in a row and 10 games this year.
Sproles, meanwhile, only has three games this season with more than six Fantasy points in a standard league. All three of those games have come at home, which is positive, and he does have six games this year with six or more catches, including Week 13 at Seattle.
Only five running backs have reached double digits in Fantasy points against the Panthers this season and just one since Week 7. What could help Thomas and Sproles is four running backs have caught at least five passes against the Panthers. But only four running backs have scored against Carolina all season.
Thomas has more upside based on his workload, but Sproles is still a decent option in PPR leagues because of his catch potential. But both remain risky because of the matchup.
Darren Sproles ties season high with seven catches
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/3/13) Saints running back Darren Sproles tied his season high with seven catches at Seattle, but they went for only 32 yards as he was unable to break a big play. Sproles added three carries for 11 yards.
Sproles was targeted eight times, second on the team to Jimmy Graham's nine. This was the third time Sproles made seven grabs in a game, and he's up to 55 catches this season. Sproles plays Carolina in Week 14.
Darren Sproles active on Monday Night Football
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/2/13) Saints running back Darren Sproles, who was probable with an ankle injury, is active for Monday's game in Seattle.
Darren Sproles ready to return in Week 13
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (11/30/13) Saints running back Darren Sproles (ankle) is officially probable for Week 13 against the Seahawks Monday, after getting through the week in practice. Sproles was forced to sit out last week's game as a result of the injury.
12/12/2013 15:35 Week 15 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em
Montee Ball has slowly but surely picked it up over the second half of his rookie season. Jamey Eisenberg likes his outlook tonight against the Chargers and explains why in his Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.
12/11/2013 22:40 Week 15 Fantasy Fact Sheet
With so much at stake in Week 15, every advantage you can gain when setting your lineups is key. Our Nathan Zegura breaks down the trends you need to know about.
12/10/2013 12:55 Playing the Waiver Wire for Week 15
A handful of major injuries have left owners potentially in a pinch in their quest for a Fantasy title. Our Jamey Eisenberg helps you find the right piece for critical Week 15.
12/09/2013 01:03 Brees sharp, Saints beat Panthers 31-13
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Drew Brees saw his face on giant Superdome video boards, then nodded and smiled as a jubilant crowd applauded the star quarterback's latest milestone and the meaningful way in which he hit it.
If you draft Darren Sproles in 2013, you're banking on him coming through as a pass catcher rather than as a rusher. Sproles' run duties did little to supplement what he did as a receiver, which was actually slightly better on a per-game basis than what he did in 2011. His catches per game went up from 5.4 to 5.8, his receiving average jumped from 8.3 yards to 8.9 yards per catch and his receiving touchdowns stayed at seven. But his rush game, despite a nifty 5.1 yard average, practically disappeared. He had all of 48 carries thanks to four games of no handoffs and seven with five or fewer. That makes Sproles a risk as a top-20 running back but not quite as a low-end No. 2 option in a standard league. Obviously, the receptions he's expected to handle push him up in PPR formats to a very solid No. 2 option. He's worth a late fourth-round pick in standard leagues and a third-round pick in PPR formats this summer. (Updated 4/26/13)