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Darren Sproles: Fantasy Owners Must Bench Injured Saints RB in Week 11

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 16:  Darren Sproles #43 of the New Orleans Saints during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent INovember 15, 2012

New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles should not start on your fantasy football team in Week 11.

He is currently listed as questionable for this week's matchup against the Oakland Raiders, according to ESPN.

Sproles hasn't played since Week 7 against the Denver Broncos, and he has rushed for just 117 yards in seven games this season.

He has been a good receiver out of the backfield, but you cannot use a valuable spot on your fantasy team on a player who has to catch six or seven passes and maybe a touchdown to really help your roster.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees is arguably the most reliable fantasy quarterback in the NFL, but since he has so many quality receivers in the league's No. 1-ranked passing offense, there's no guarantee that Sproles will be a major factor in the offense this week.

The Raiders defense is ranked 21st against the run, but it allowed only 35 rushing yards to Ravens star running back Ray Rice last week.

He also didn't make much of an impact in the passing game, with just four catches for 33 yards. Rice is arguably the most complete running back in the NFL.

Fantasy owners who don't want to start Sproles this week should look at their league's waiver wire for the following running backs:

  • Isaac Redman, PIT
  • Marcel Reece, OAK
  • Danny Woodhead, NE
  • Chris Ivory, NO

Chris Ivory should get the majority of the Saints' carries on Sunday after rushing for 72 yards and a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons last week.

Starting Sproles in Week 11 would be a mistake for fantasy owners in all types of leagues. Instead, start a running back who is more likely to get 10-20 carries and will be on the field in goal-line situations.

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