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Chris Polk, Darren Sproles, and the Eagles Backfield

Chris Polk, RB

According to RotoWorld, Chris Polk is a RB to watch:

Polk is the traditional back that impressed coaches last year, starring on special teams and averaging 8.9 yards on his 11 carries. With Bryce Brown gone, Polk is the handcuff for McCoy owners.

The fact that the Eagles also traded away Bryce Brown lends some credence to this position. Since we know that the Eagles have a run-heavy (and effective) offensive scheme, we should probably pay a little attention to Polk this offseason.

Some thoughts:

  • Darren Sproles may be over drafted. At the moment, his redraft ADP at My Fantasy League is pick 123, or round 10. But that assumes that he will have a useful role in the Eagles offense. So either LeSean McCoy gets the ball less, or the Eagles pass the ball more? And as RotoWorld notes, if McCoy misses time, Sproles’ role, whatever it is, likely won’t change much. Polk would be the beneficiary. Guys being drafted near Sproles include Danny Woodhead, Terrance West, Jeremy Hill, and Fred Jackson. Unless or until we’re sure of Sproles’ role, those guys would seem to offer more certainty.
  • Chris Polk is under drafted…in dynasty. He is currently the 80th RB selected in dyno startups, at pick 238, or middle of the 19th round. I’m not sure exactly where he should go, but being a tick away from a starting gig in the Eagles’ offense is worth more than that. His situation is similar to another young backup who should be owned. The Oracle gave Polk a pretty positive profile here; he was maybe just a year too early. Polk can produce if opportunity presents itself.
  • Mind the Redraft Gap. As the summer unfolds, pay attention to the ADP gap between LeSean McCoy and Sproles/Polk. If the gap stays above 100 picks, as it is right now, forget about either Sproles or Polk in redraft. If for some reason it falls below that, then both are on the radar, but I’d prefer Polk, given the higher usage potential.

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