2012 PPR Fantasy Football Week 9: Running Backs (RB) Rankings

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 1, 2012

Oct 28, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) slips past Denver Broncos safety Mike Adams (20) on a 29-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field.  Mandatory Credit: Byron Hetzler-US PRESSWIRE
Byron Hetzler-US PRESSWIRE

Just a season ago, Darren Sproles was a top-five fantasy back in PPR leagues. While he's moved up into the top 15 due to his his recent play, it was a very slow start for the veteran in September outside of one big game against the Carolina Panthers.

When we take a look at Sproles' production from last year to this year, his overall numbers in the passing game are actually better than last year in key areas.

Last season, Sproles averaged 5.37 receptions per game and this year he’s up slightly at 5.57. While he finished the 2011 season with seven touchdown receptions, he didn’t have his fourth touchdown until Week 13 against the Lions. Sproles already has four touchdown receptions through seven games this year. 

Where the numbers start to fall off is in the running game and big plays. Sproles averaged 5.43 carries per game last season, and this year, he’s down to just under four touts per contest.

His yards per carry are down as well after a 6.9 average in 2011. (Sproles is around 4.5 ypg after carrying the ball four times for negative yard last week.) 

These numbers should improve through the second half the season, but I believe it’s fair to look at Sproles as more of a RB2 option in PPR leagues in contrast to a RB1 that he was a year ago. With Carl Nicks gone via free agency and the team playing from behind most weeks, the running game doesn't have the same advantages it had a year ago.

Based upon the numbers above, we should feel good that Sproles is still an accountable weekly option in PPR leagues even if the Saints neglect to hand him the football from time to time. 

1 Arian Foster Bills
2 Ray Rice @ Browns
3 Adrian Peterson @ Seahawks
4 Willis McGahee @ Bengals
5 LeSean McCoy @ Saints
6 Jamaal Charles @ Chargers
7 Doug Martin @ Raiders
8 Marshawn Lynch Vikings
9 Matt Forte @ Titans
10 Ryan Mathews Chiefs
11 Trent Richardson Ravens
12 Darren McFadden Buccaneers
13 Alfred Morris Panthers
14 C.J. Spiller @ Texans
15 Rashad Jennings Lions
16 Chris Johnson Bears
17 Reggie Bush @ Colts
18 Fred Jackson @ Texans
19 Jonathan Stewart @ Redskins
20 Darren Sproles Eagles
21 Jonathan Dwyer (I) @ Giants
22 Mikel Leshoure (I) @ Jaguars
23 Ahmad Bradshaw (I) Steelers
24 Alex Green Cardinals
25 Michael Turner Cowboys
26 Joique Bell @ Jaguars
27 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Broncos
28 Phillip Tanner @ Falcons
29 Larod Stephens-Howling @ Packers
30 Pierre Thomas Eagles
31 Ronnie Hillman @ Bengals
32 Donald Brown Dolphins
33 Andre Brown Steelers
34 Felix Jones (I) @ Falcons
35 Michael Bush @ Titans

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