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Darren Sproles just signed.  Jay Ajayi has first crack at the starting job.  Corey Clement had flashes of excellence last year.  Mr. Wendell and Donnel Pumphrey are still signed and Josh Adams is an undrafted rookie who looks like he could make the roster.  Who are you targeting?

 

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None.  Looks like a mess fantasy wise to me.

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Yeah, none have much value individually at this point.  But the Eagles have the best offensive line in football.  A star fantasy running back could emerge.  I think Clement is the guy I will be targeting.  Last year, he impressed with his receiving skills and showed a nose for the end zone.  Sproles and Ajayi are both high injury risks.  Hopefully, Clement is available in rounds 11-14.

 

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Yeah, honestly I have no idea where to go here.  Ajayi is still remembered for those few huge games 2 years ago and will probably be drafted 1st.  I always like Smallwood but it looks like he's nothing more than an afterthought now.

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Smallwood, Pumphrey, and Adams probably all have at least a 50% chance of being cut.  One or two of the three will be kept.  Whoever does best of the three at pass protection will probably be guaranteed of a roster spot.  That probably favors Josh Adams.  Smallwood might be the most likely to be cut because he has been given plenty of opportunities and consistently failed.  He averaged 3.7 ypc last year behind an offensive line rated #1 by PFF.  The Eagles might only be holding on to him because they are praying that someone will trade a 7th round draft pick for him.  Or a conditional 7th round pick.  He does have 2 years left on his contract at a reasonable $630,000 and $720,000.

 

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Curious what exactly is the high injury risk with Ajayi.

 

Sproles is old, and has missed a large portion of last year, plus all of one season early in his career. So I kind of get the label there, but otherwise he's missed only a hand ful of games in his 13 year career.

 

Just curious how people determine a player is an injury risk (injury prone or whatever) and more importantly how reliable that turns out to be.

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13 minutes ago, stevegrab said:

 

Curious what exactly is the high injury risk with Ajayi.

 

 

He has a bone-on-bone condition with his knee.  Bone-on-bone is good for male porn, bad for a running back.  It is why he fell to the 5th round of the draft.

 

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2 minutes ago, michaelredd9 said:

 

He has a bone-on-bone condition with his knee.  It's good for male porn, bad for a running back.

 

 

I stayed away from Ajayi in rookie drafts and then dealt him in a league where I inherited him because of the condition and have been kicking myself ever since.  I don't necessarily like the situation in PHI since I think Clement has earned plenty of work and there are "pass catching backs" in tow, but I think Ajayi has proven the knee isn't an issue at this point.

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I always think of microfracture surgery as a short term solution. The regrown cartilage isn't as durable as the original cartilage.  So whatever caused it to get worn out the first time will surely wear it out again.   Marques Colston did play for 7 years after microfacture surgery but his surgery was only to his kneecap area.  So it wasn't an extreme form of an operation.  Maybe Ajayi's surgery is fresh enough that it'll still last a couple more years.  He did have issues with his knee last year.  The Dolphins gave him every Thursday off for him to rest it.  And the Eagles had him on the injury report several weeks for it.

 

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