Winners, losers among vets on draft day 

May, 4, 2010
The San Diego Chargers did not have an effective running attack in 2009, finishing dead last in the league in yards per carry and second to last (ahead of only the Indianapolis Colts) in rushing yards. While many blame old man LaDainian Tomlinson, the fact is Darren Sproles didn't exactly seize his opportunity either. Sproles averaged 3.7 yards per rush -- better than Tomlinson, but not by much -- and finished 33rd among running backs in standard fantasy scoring. So, with Tomlinson having been released and joining the New York Jets, it's finally time for Sproles to get his chance, right?

Well, the Chargers took care of that angle when they made running back Ryan Mathews the 12th pick in the draft.

As a result, Sproles is one of numerous veteran players in the league who saw their fantasy football value either helped or hurt by actions involving others during the draft. I have doubts the diminutive Sproles is ever going to be a big-time fantasy scorer in the first place, but the drafting of Mathews -- who could be exactly that as a rookie -- solidifies things. Sproles is one of the noteworthy draft day losers, and he wasn't even in the draft.