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What To Make Of The Eagles Backfield Mess…

Another week, and another week where we don’t know what is going on in Doug Pederson’s offense. First thing to touch on, if you have Carson Wentz on your team, drop him. If he couldn’t do it against the Falcons defense, I don’t know when he will do it. Shouldn’t be owned in anything other than 14-16 team leagues as a backup. Now to get on to the confusing part.. the Eagles backfield.

Yesterday afternoon something interesting happened. Ryan Matthews broke 100 yards and had two touchdowns. Wendell Smallwood, someone who was believed to be disappearing from this offense, had 13 carries, for 70 yards. Darren Sproles stayed involve, he had two carries for 19 yards, and eight catches for 57 yards. Really, a three man split?

Well this is what I make out of this split. The only running back to own is sproles in 10 team leagues. Matthews should be owned in 12 team leagues, and smallwood in 14 team leagues and bigger.

Sproles is still the main focus of the offense. He is in the game on third down, hurry up, two minute offense, and honestly, on first and second down throughout the game. Matthews and Smallwood will take turns (with Sproles) doing the early down work. Most weeks Matthews will get more looks and will get the goaline touches. Smallwood stays involved though, and sometimes he’s not really used at all. To be honest Matthews and Smallwood shouldn’t be started unless needed to. And ideally nothing more than a flex. Sproles is a solid PPR flex, low end standard league flex.