Darren Sproles: Latest Injury Update and Fantasy Predictions for Saints RB

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As usual, he’s operating as more of a receiving threat with 39 catches on the year, but overall he’s still being underutilized. And to make matters worse, Sproles has missed the last two games with a hand injury that required surgery (according to NBC Sports ). Sproles injured his hand during the team’s Week 8 loss to the Denver Broncos, and apparently the injury did not cause great discomfort, as Sproles didn’t even realize his hand was broken until the following morning (according to CBS Sports via Twitter ). #Saints RB Darren Sproles says he had no idea his hand was broken after Denver game until woke up in pain Monday, had X-rays. Saints RapidReports (@CBSSaints) November 16, 2012 It has only been three weeks since the injury, which hasn’t provided ample time to heal, but Sproles is surely anxious to get on the field. The Saints take on the Oakland Raiders this Sunday, and since the Oakland defense modestly ranks 23rd in the NFL, the presence of Sproles is certainly something New Orleans would prefer. But despite a short three-week healing period, Sproles returned to practice on Thursday and Friday (according to NFL.com ), and it’s already rumored that he’ll return to the lineup on Sunday. Darren Sproles Injury Return Set for New Orleans Saints vs. Oakland Raiders … sns.mx/9Glhy3 Darren Sproles (@SprolesNews) November 17, 2012 But even if Sproles is active this Sunday, it doesn’t guarantee that he’ll be a viable fantasy asset. Darren Sproles Fantasy Outlook Scott Cunningham/Getty Images With five losses on the season already, Darren Sproles and the Saints have little margin for error if they wish to preserve their playoff hopes, which could explain why Sproles is rushing back to the lineup. If Sproles can play like his normal self, he’s obviously a solid option against a weak Oakland defense. Hehas Darren Sproles Womens Jersey a touchdown in three of his last four games, while he has exceeded 50 total yards in five of his seven games. But for now, it’s best to hold off and take a wait-and-see approach, as long as you have other options at running back. Sproles is back in the practice lineup, but that doesn’t guarantee that he’ll receive the same typical workload. It’s possible he’ll receive just a handful of reps, while there’s also a chance that he’s only suiting up to handle his responsibilities on the return team. If you’re out of options, rolling the dice with Sproles is better than searching the waiver wire, but if a solid backup is waiting on your bench, then it’s time to use him.

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“I really don’t like being hurt and I just… Via BlackSportsOnline | 2 days ago The post bounty gate New Orleans Saints have all their parts back, and are looking to move on from the longest year in franchise history. Payton was a guest on Pro Football Talk, and said that the Saints arent motivated by the bounty case, and the casualties that came along with it. Were driven and motivated to win but it cant come out of spite or anger towards the league… Via isportsweb.com | 3 days ago Its week 2 of the preseason and in come the Oakland Raiders, the New Orleans Saints second straight AFC West opponent. Last season, the Saints blew out the Raiders with the defense having one of its better performances. The Raiders will present similar challenges to the Saints defense that the Kansas City Chiefs did the week prior.

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He has just one catch for 9 yards. … The only other players on the injury report, LB David Hawthorne (hamstring) and WR Joe Morgan (chest), fully participated in practice for the second straight day. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Whether it is on the ground, through the air, or on special teams, Sproles can certainly help your squad. I would have no qualms having him be my No. 1 back. If you can grab him as your No. 2 or flex, that is even better.I have no problems burning a round three or four pick for him. Depending on your first round choice, Sproles might be worthy of a second round pick. The guy is a legit threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball, and he is completely capable of taking your team all the way. As always, I welcome your comments. If you think Im wrong, Im willing to listen.

Darren Sproles returns to Kansas for his annual camp

(Photo: Jeremy Brevard, US Presswire) Tags SHARECONNECT TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the fourth-ranked run defense in the league. They’ve allowed 75.0 rushing yards per game and 3.1 yards per carry (tops). Fortunately for the owners of Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas, the Bucs have had a lot of trouble covering anyone in the passing game — and that includes backs. Players at the position have averaged 6.4 receptions and 46.7 receiving yards in five games against Tampa Bay. In five games, Sproles has attempted only 17 rushes (5.4 yards per carry), but he (not surprisingly) has 28 catches for 235 yards and a couple of TDs. Thomas has run it 37 times (4.9 yards per carry) and has tacked on 13 receptions for 139 yards. The New Orleans Saints like to deploy him on screen passes on occasion.

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He’s just one part of a dynamic group of running backs in New Orleans, but Sproles has always been at his best as a change-of-pace back who can cause trouble for opponents in small doses. He rushed for 267 yards and caught 59 passes for 520 yards last season, his third straight with at least 29 catches to go with 330 yards rushing. When NFL teams finally were cleared to sign free agents last month, Saints quarterback Drew Brees immediately went after Sproles, briefly his Chargers teammate and a longtime workout buddy in San Diego. Brees barraged him with texts, the quarterback gleefully admits. ”Every spring and summer, we always work out together,” Sproles said. ”Then, he would always say that he wanted me in a Saints uniform. He would just be playing, but it actually came true.” Sproles already is working with Heisman Trophy-winning rookie running back Mark Ingram, who returned to practice with the Saints on Thursday after missing two days with a swollen knee. Ingram insists the injury isn’t serious, but the Saints will watch him closely, given his history of knee problems at Alabama. ”There’s nothing wrong with it,” said Ingram, who will play in Sunday’s exhibition game at Oakland.

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And its where everything started, he said. Kansas State brought home three championships in the 2012-2013 academic year, including its third football title. It was K-States first since 2003, when Sproles led the Wildcats in his junior year. It was good to see us back on top, Sproles said. He added that it feels good to hear the Wildcats thrown into the discussion of best college teams when hes around his NFL teammates.

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– Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports Stay connected with SB Nation Follow @sbnation Shane Vereen is going nuts in the preseason as a receiver. We break down the fantasy implications. More: Get more Patriots info at Pats Pulpit He caught a TD in Week 1 of the preseason and the Patriots continue to line him up at at running back, in the slot and on the outside. Vereen has done the same thing in practice during the entire training camp and this is obviously not a smoke-and-mirror approach for the team. Fantasy impact: The days of being able to sneak Vereen in the later rounds of PPR drafts are about as expired as a carton of milk from last year. The Patriots have always been creative in coming up with solutions to their personnel problems and Vereen is a large part of the answer this time around. Fantasy owners can view him as a RB2 in PPR leagues and it’s not a stretch to think that he can reel in 65-plus balls and he’s more of a flex in standards.

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Sproles said he didnt realize he flipped him until the next day when he saw it on film. He said he was just focused on keeping the play alive. When I saw (Smith), I didnt know if he was going to come at me full speed or if he was just going to try and shove me out of bounds, said Sproles. He went at me and all of a sudden he went over my back. I couldnt get away though because he still had a good hold. It was a nice play by him. One thing that has helped with Sproles strength and durability is the offseason training regiment he started in 2010. Prior to signing with the Saints, Sproles and Brees were good friends from their time together on the San Diego Chargers. Sproles has trained with Brees and QB Chase Daniel on the West Coast the past two offseasons.

Saints RB Darren Sproles out after undergoing hand surgery

In the category of Best NFC South free-agent signing,” we have a winner. Its New Orleans Darren Sproles . Yeah, Ray Edwards is fitting in pretty well with Atlanta, Michael Koenen s doing a nice job in Tampa Bay and Ron Edwards would have been a really nice pickup for Carolina if he hadnt suffered a season-ending injury in training camp. If were going to include a Carolina player in the honorable-mention slot on this one, lets bend the rules a bit and go with tight end Greg Olsen , who wasnt a free agent, but came in a trade with Chicago. But none of those guys has come close to doing what Sproles has for the Saints.

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