As the 2012 National Football League season has gone on and fantasy football owners have watched, there has been a ton of things happening with the New Orleans Saints. There has been coaching changes with suspensions, different players on the field and then off again, and the obvious downturn for fantasy owners in Darren Sproles. It seems like this downturn really came when Joe Vitt took over the coaching reins.
Vitt seems more committed to having Chris Ivory, Pierre Thomas or Mark Ingram in the backfield over Sproles and that is killing his value to fantasy owners. Sproles wasn’t carrying the ball much anyway in New Orleans, but is now not seeing it at all in the ground game. There are a lot of Sproles owners that are in PPR leagues where Sproles was gold last season that are noticing that Sproles isn’t even seeing as many passes thrown his way either. Sproles used to be good for 6-8 catches a game, but that has declined to more like 3-5 passes.
If you have Sproles on your fantasy team, you have a difficult decision to make with the playoffs starting this week. Do you leave Sproles out there hoping that one of those catches turns into something big, or do you bench him for a running back that gets 20-25 carries a game and hope that goes better? My advice would be to leave Sproles out there and hope for the best because there really isn’t any other way to go but up at this point.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.