By Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros), Tuesday, Jan 8th
The timeshare was a bit clearer in the wild-card game, as Adams played as many snaps as Boston Scott did… one. Meanwhile, Smallwood chipped in with 28 snaps while Sproles led the way with 37 snaps. Over the Eagles last three games, Sproles has carried the ball 29 times while racking up 12 targets. That's 13.7 opportunities per game and knowing the Saints don't allow much on the ground, we should see more targets for him this week. On the year, the Saints allowed just 895 rushing yards to running backs, which was the best in the NFL by a full 100 yards. That amounts to just 55.9 rushing yards per game, which is kind of hard to expect much production when you have a three-way timeshare (no, I'm not willing to accept last week as the standard for snaps) at the position. There wasn't a single running back who rushed for more than 76 yards against them this year, which included games against Ezekiel Elliott, Saquon Barkley, Todd Gurley, Joe Mixon, and Christian McCaffrey. While Adams had a long touchdown run against them back in Week 11, you cannot count on that happening again with the Saints history of stopping the run this year. It's a different story when it comes to the passing game, as they allowed a healthy 1.69 PPR points per target to running backs, which ranked as the seventh-most in the league. There were seven different games where they allowed the opposing running backs to total 54 or more receiving yards, though never more than 81 yards. It's difficult to trust Sproles in a tough matchup in a timeshare where his time is limited, but he's familiar with this stadium, and has seen the most touches on the team as of late. At $4,400, he's likely safe enough for cash if you're looking to save some money at the running back position (though that's not highly advisable with some great plays on the slate). He likely doesn't come with enough upside in tournaments considering the timeshare and his unlikeliness to get goal-line carries. As for Smallwood and Adams, they're nothing more than hail mary options you throw into a tournament lineup, hoping they score twice. Adams is the more talented option, but considering he's coming off a game with just one snap, he's a tough sell. Given Smallwood's touches, he's likely to have the higher ownership, so I suppose I'll take the lesser-owned Adams, but he's far from a sure thing.