This is from an espn article.
"3. Just how unprecedented is Darren Sproles' production so far this year? I admit I've been super-slow to get aboard the Sproles bandwagon. It's just so hard for me to get past how few touches he gets from scrimmage. But even in Week 4, the first game of '11 in which he didn't find the end zone, Sproles was vexingly great. He racked up 75 yards on just seven carries and mustered another 56 yards on five receptions. For a month, there's absolutely no doubt that he's been the Saints' best offensive weapon. It hasn't been close. I've been under-ranking him and paying for it in leagues where my own teams have played against the mighty mite.
But can this possibly keep up? I mean, Sproles has 50 fantasy points on just 41 touches from scrimmage. That's ludicrous! Even if we take away his Week 1 punt return touchdown in the name of being able to compare him to other running backs, 44 fantasy points on 41 touches still seems crazy. But is it? With a huge assist from my friend and ESPN colleague Tristan Cockcroft, I looked at data from 2000 forward to find RBs who had the highest ratio of fantasy-points-to-touches. I looked only at players with 150 touches from scrimmage or more, and here are the best such seasons over the past 11 NFL campaigns:
Most Fantasy Pts Per Touch, Since 2000
Year Fantasy Pts. Touches Pts/Touch
Marshall Faulk 2000 365 334 1.09
Marion Barber 2006 166 158 1.05
LaDainian Tomlinson 2006 410 404 1.01
Maurice Jones-Drew 2006 211 212 1.00
Marshall Faulk 2001 324 343 0.94
Priest Holmes 2002 361 383 0.94
Brian Westbrook 2003 143 154 0.93
Pierre Thomas 2008 148 160 0.93
DeAngelo Williams 2008 272 295 0.92
Shaun Alexander 2005 351 385 0.91
Sproles has 15 carries and 26 catches for 44 non-special-teams fantasy points. That makes his ratio 1.07. Do we really believe we're watching the most-efficient fantasy season for a RB in the past decade? Note also that not a single one of our historically efficient RBs had even 35 percent as many catches as carries, and that Sproles is bent in completely the opposite direction. Heck, there literally isn't a running back over the past 11 seasons who scored at least 100 fantasy points and did it with more catches than carries. Not one! The closest guy was -- surprise! -- the Saints' own Reggie Bush in '09, who had 70 carries and 47 catches. And the next-closest guy was Kevin Faulk in '08, who had 141 carries and 83 catches.
And in the end, that's who Sproles is. He's Reggie Bush, he's Kevin Faulk. He's a playmaker, but he's not this much of a playmaker. Unless he's about to set a pretty amazing precedent for point-per-touch efficiency, expect him to slow down. Of course, I'm kind of a hypocrite here, because I did rank him 21st among RBs this week, higher than Mark Ingram or Pierre Thomas. But I was still lower than my three ESPN cohorts."
I love how all these "experts" are still dismissing Sproles. I always thought this guy was under utilized in SD and as soon as I heard he signed with NO he was my #1 late round RB target. This guy is so wrong, hes' NOT Reggie Bush or Kevin Faulk he's Darren Sproles and hes better than both those guys.