Miles Sanders Fantasy Football News 2019

Eagles HC Doug Pederson said Monday that RB Jordan Howard will continue to get the highest share of the team's carries going forward, according to Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia. That's not a surprise, given that Howard has topped Miles Sanders in carries for 2 straight weeks and scored rushing TDs in 3 straight. It's nice to have a coach come out and say it, though, so we don't have to guess as much at the committee breakdown. Pederson's revelation doesn't kill the fantasy outlook for Sanders, who garnered 5 of Philly's 6 RB pass targets in the win over the Jets. (Howard saw none.) Both will remain relevant, but treat Howard as the top option until further notice.

Eagles HC Doug Pederson said Monday that RB Darren Sproles is "week to week" with a quad strain. Sproles has totaled just 6 carries and 2 targets over the past 3 weeks, so there's not much of a fantasy impact here. Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders will continue to share backfield duties in Philly.

Eagles insider Jimmy Kempski writes that RB Miles Sanders has "quelled concerns about his ability in pass protection and as a receiver out of the backfield." The rookie hasn't caught a pass through 2 preseason games but did have a nice blitz pickup in the 2nd exhibition. Passing-game usage has been our biggest concern with Sanders' 2019 fantasy production. We're still not expecting huge receiving numbers, but we did just boost his projections there.

Eagles RB Miles Sanders has been "better than expected" in pass protection in training camp, according to insider Jimmy Kempski. We've heard tons of positive buzz on Sanders as a runner over the past couple of weeks, but this is the 1st time his ability in the passing game has been talked up. Previous reports had RB Jordan Howard looking most reliable in pass protection. Sanders' work in the passing game will be worth monitoring closely this preseason. If he can stay on the field in passing situations, it'd give him a path to top-20 fantasy production.

Sirius XM's Adam Caplan said Sunday that he expects Eagles rookie RB Miles Sanders to "get 8 to 10 touches" per game this season. That would be a little light even for Sanders' current ADP at the bottom of RB3 range. It's just the projection of 1 reporter/analyst, of course, but Caplan spent years in the Philadelphia media and is likely still more plugged in with the Eagles than with most other NFL teams. His analysis could speak to Philly's plan for Sanders. That said, there's also time for Sanders to command a larger share right away. Ultimately, Caplan's is at least a viewpoint to keep in mind as we consider Sanders this fantasy football draft season.

Eagles RB Miles Sanders has been cleared for the start of training camp, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The team will "ramp him up gradually" after the rookie missed most of the spring with a hamstring injury. Sanders still has plenty of time to win a significant early-season role. And his ADP has sunk into the 8th round of recent DRAFT best balls.

Eagles RB Miles Sanders missed all of OTAs and minicamp with a hamstring injury. We're still over a month away from training camp, so it's far too early to even start moving toward the panic button. But the rookie has missed valuable practice reps as he looks to rise to the top of a crowded depth chart. RB Jordan Howard, meanwhile, has drawn positive reviews from the coaching staff this spring -- particularly for his work in the passing game. NJ.com's Zack Rosenblatt believes expecting Sanders to become Philly's #1 RB as a rookie is "premature." This backfield still has plenty of sorting out to do, and we're still projecting Sanders to lead the way in fantasy points. But he feels a bit pricey at a mid-6th-round ADP since the start of June.

Eagles GM Howie Roseman said during a Saturday press conference, "We've been looking for a runner like Miles for a few years," according to NBC Sports Philadelphia. It was obvious that Philly liked Sanders when the franchise selected him in Round 2. These words from Roseman, however, could point to the new guy having a bigger workload share ahead of him than other RBs in the Doug Pederson era. Pederson's Eagles have run with a true committee. Amid personnel shuffling and injuries, no RB has reached a 37% share of team carries in any of his 3 seasons. Philly just traded for Jordan Howard this offseason, of course, but gave up a mere 6th-round pick for a RB in the final year of his rookie contract. Josh Adams, Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement and Darren Sproles remain from last year's squad, but only Adams has reached 100 carries under Pederson and none has topped 120. Adams is also coming off shoulder surgery. None of those players looks like a big threat to Sanders' touch outlook. We wouldn't bet on workhorse touches for the rookie, but Sanders might just be the best bet to lead the backfield in opportunities right away.

The Eagles selected Penn State RB Miles Sanders with the 53rd pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. The #1 RB in the 2016 recruiting class spent his first 2 years on campus playing behind Saquon Barkley but flashed with 6.7 yards per carry on 56 attempts. He finally got his shot at lead duties in 2018 and impressed. Sanders took 220 carries for 1,274 yards (5.8 YPC) and 9 TDs, adding 139 more yards on 24 receptions. Then he crushed the Combine, registering a 73rd percentile SPARQ score at 5’11 and 211 pounds. Sanders is relatively inexperienced, dances behind the line of scrimmage too often and has ball-security concerns after fumbling 5 times last year. But he has the size, athleticism and pass-catching ability to develop into a lead back as a pro. He joins a crowded backfield in Philly alongside Jordan Howard, Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement and Josh Adams. Sanders might already be the most talented of the bunch, though. And Howard is set to hit free agency next offseason.

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