Fantasy Football 2012: Don't Be Afraid to Roll with Darren Sproles

J.P. Scott@TheJPScottSenior Analyst IJuly 6, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 06:  Darren Sproles #43 of the New Orleans Saints scores a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 6, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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If there is one guy you can count on to score you points every week in fantasy football, it's New Orleans Saints scatback Darren Sproles.

Sproles is going to be waiting for you to draft him in the later rounds of your fantasy draft, just like every year. I consider him the Rodney Dangerfield of fantasy running backs: he gets no respect.

Most fantasy owners are going to have their eyes on the depth charts of the players they already drafted, looking to handcuff a stud running back with his backup. You don't need to waste that time and energy.

As long as you are in a league that rewards the same points for rushing and receiving yardage, Sproles is a better value than any backup in the league. He simply isn't a gamble.

Unlike the guys on the depth charts behind Ray Rice, Arian Foster, and LeSean McCoy, Sproles is guaranteed to see considerable playing time. 

Often overlooked because he is usually part of a committee of backs; Sproles plays a vital role in the potent Saints offense. With all due respect to Drew Brees, there were moments in 2011 where it seemed like the offense ran through Sproles.

As of right now, Sproles sits behind Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram on the depth chart, but make no mistake, he'll still get his touches in 2012. He is too dangerous not to be on the field every time the Saints need a big play.

If you happen to be in a league where running backs receive points per reception, Sproles is a no-brainer. He caught 86 balls last season and should catch at least 60 in 2012. Combine those numbers with his all purpose yards, which should again eclipse the 1000 yard mark, and you could make a case for him to start every week as your flex guy or as your No. 2 running back.