Miles Sanders was expected to be a breakout candidate in 2020, but he failed to deliver in his sophomore campaign. Heading into Year 3, he could face some competition for touches, but he's still worth buying back into as a No. 2 Fantasy running back in all leagues. Sanders should be selected in Round 2 or 3 in all formats. Injuries to Sanders and the offensive line hurt his production in 2020 and, instead of seeing his Fantasy points per game rise from 13.6 in 2019, he slipped to 13.4 last year. But he still averaged 5.3 yards per carry. And, more importantly, he averaged 18.3 PPR points per game in three starts with Jalen Hurts. The Eagles added plenty of bodies this offseason to compete for touches with Sanders (including Jordan Howard and Kerryon Johnson, plus Boston Scott is still there), but most of them profile as backups, although the addition of rookie Kenneth Gainwell could impact Sanders in the passing game. Still, there's reason for optimism about Sanders this year. He might have failed as a breakout in 2020, but he can easily rebound this year.
Sanders enters the 2021 season atop the Eagles' depth chart at running back, Glenn Erby of USA Today reports. Given that he's totaled over 1,000 yards in both of his first two NFL campaigns, Sanders' placement atop the depth chart comes as no surprise. The more interesting battle will be for the No. 2 role out of the Philadelphia backfield. Offseason addition Kerryon Johnson, 2021 fifth-round pick Kenneth Gainwell and last season's No. 2 back, Boston Scott, are all in the mix for top backup duties behind Sanders.
Sanders (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Washington. Sanders was added to injury report Thursday and didn't practice Friday. He finished his season with 867 rushing yards, 197 receiving yards and six total touchdowns in 12 games, producing 5.3 yards per carry but only 3.8 per target. Boston Scott averaged just four touches per game over the past seven weeks, but he should see more work Sunday in what likely will be his fourth start of the season. Scott averaged 12 carries, three targets and 75 total yards between the first three starts, playing 56, 69 and 66 percent of offensive snaps. The Eagles also have Corey Clement and Jason Huntley as backfield options on the active roster, and Jordan Howard could be called up from the practice squad.
Sanders (knee) doesn't appear likely to play in Sunday's game against Washington, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia repots. Sanders was added to the injury report Thursday and held out of practice Friday. If he doesn't play Sunday, the Eagles will be left with Boston Scott, Corey Clement and Jason Huntley in the backfield. Scott has made five starts for the Eagles over the past two seasons, averaging 10.6 carries and 3.0 targets in those games.
The Eagles added Sanders to their Week 17 injury report after he was a limited participant at Thursday's practice due to a knee issue. Considering Sanders wasn't included on the initial report released Wednesday, he may have picked up the injury at some point during Thursday's practice. Head coach Doug Pederson should provide some clarity on the matter Friday, but with the Eagles having been eliminated from playoff contention, Sanders could be at risk of sitting out Sunday's season finale versus Washington if there's any concern about the health of his knee. Boston Scott is the next man up at running back behind Sanders.
Sanders carried the ball 15 times for 57 yards and a touchdown and caught four of six targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 37-17 loss to the Cowboys. He opened the scoring on the Eagles' first possession with a four-yard plunge, helping to build a 14-3 first-quarter lead, but the game was almost all Dallas after that point and Sanders didn't get much of a chance to add to his numbers on the ground with Philly having to play catch-up the entire second half. The second-year back still reached 1,000 scrimmage yards for the season with this performance, and Sanders will look to help the Eagles play spoiler in next week's clash with a Washington team that needs to win to lock up the NFC East title.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||San Francisco 49ers||7||14.75|
|4||10/03||Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.32|
|6||10/14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||12.30|
|7||10/24||@Las Vegas Raiders||29||22.38|
|9||11/07||Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|
|11||11/21||New Orleans Saints||2||13.00|
|12||11/28||@New York Giants||17||17.50|
|13||12/05||@New York Jets||20||18.00|
|15||12/19||Washington Football Team||3||14.24|
|16||12/26||New York Giants||17||17.50|
|17||01/02||@Washington Football Team||3||14.24|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||172||842||4||39||353||2||155|