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Darren Sproles on track to play versus 49ers: Fantasy Implications

Jed Jacobsohn

New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles is expected to return for Week 12 action. We breakdown the fantasy implications.

New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles is expected to return for Week 12 action, via Saints on Twitter. Sproles, who has been sidelined with a hand injury, was a full participant in practice on Wednesday. Saints coach Joe Vitt expects to have his explosive scat back against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Against the league's best defense, Drew Brees and the high-octane Saints are going to need all of their weapons. It's a good thing Sproles is returning.

Fantasy Analysis: In his absence, backup running back Chris Ivory has been featured in the Saints ground game. But with Sproles ready to return, he'll likely take a back seat. Sproles' touches on Sunday will be hard to predict, but one has to anticipate Drew Brees checking it down quite a bit against this 49ers defense.

When these two met in last year's Divisional Playoffs, Sproles led the team in receptions and gashed San Francisco for a score. If he's healthy, look for him to be a contributor in what will be a huge game for New Orleans.

For more fantasy info, head over to the SB Nation Fantasy War Room 4-8:30 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. Check out SB Nation's own Fantasy Football game, Pick 6!

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