Darren Sproles, RB, San Diego Chargers

by Tim Heaney on July 19, 2010 @ 16:45:00 PDT


Darren Sproles | San Diego Chargers | 5-foot-6, 185 pounds | 6th year

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Darren Sproles, RB, San Diego Chargers

Pros: He no longer has to player second fiddle to TD King LaDainian Tomlinson. Instead, San Diego will pair him with a 2010 draftee. Sproles has averaged 4.5 yards per rush in his career. Last season, he posted lifetime highs of 45 receptions and 840 total yards. The Bolts have incorporated him in the offense more often each year.

Cons: Ryan Mathews was the 12th overall draft pick and second running back taken. The Chargers expect big things from him, beginning this year. Sproles doesn't have the build to be anything more than second fiddle in the NFL. In 2009, he hit double-digit rushing attempts only twice - in both of his starts, when he averaged 14 runs. He isn't a threat to score double-digit TDs.

Fantasy tip: Sproles isn't even the ideal handcuff for a stud back, but keep in mind that he outscored LT in fantasy points several times last season. He can put them up as long as defenses can't key on him. Don't reach for him unless you own Mathews, but even then, it's not necessary. He's a low-end No. 4 back who's drafted somewhere around the 10th round in a 12-teamer, with a slight bump in PPR leagues.

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