1. At some point you just gotta retire
Darren Sproles is nearing the end of his career, which has been by all accounts incredible. Sproles has put up nearly 20,000 all-purpose yards, and has been hinting that this might be his last season. That all came to a head when he broke his arm in Sunday’s 27-24 win over the New York Giants. It was all but confirmed when he tore an ACL on the same play. Coming back from an ACL tear is a long road, and the only running backs who have come back to have good seasons are Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Knowhson Moreno, and Deuce McAllister, who was 22 years old at the time.
It’s a big loss for the Eagles; Sproles is a reliable back on third down and, while he was serving a smaller role than he has in the past, Sproles was a big part of what kept the Eagles’ offense ticking. They’re a narrow underdog (+1 or pick’em) on the road against the Chargers, and losing Sproles might be enough to tip that fine margin of victory.
Betting Tip: Fade the Eagles, and drop Sproles from your keeper league.
2. Florida’s top players still suspended
Florida has been having a little trouble on offense this season, and nobody’s sure why. Maybe it’s the true freshman quarterback. Maybe it’s Luke Del Rio. Maybe it’s former Alabama coordinators being systemically incapable of recreating their success elsewhere.
Or maybe it’s the fact that 2016’s top receiver and running back are both suspended and facing felony charges for fraud. Antonio Callaway and Jordan Scarlett are part of a group of players accused of using credit card fraud to buy electronics, simultaneously the dumbest and most Florida crime a Gator player has been accused of in recent memory. It’s not certain when (or if) they’ll return, and in the meantime Feleipe Franks is going to be left without his two biggest weapons while Florida’s division title hopes fade slowly away.
Betting Tip: The Gators are favored big (-10) over Vanderbilt, so that might be a good line. I can’t in good conscience bet on Vanderbilt to show up after the beating they received last week, much less perform athletically, but if you don’t believe in the body-blow school of thought like I do, this becomes an attractive bet.