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Jordan Howard Fantasy Football News 2020

ESPN Dolphins beat writer Cameron Wolfe has an interesting "early projection" for Miami's new backfield: "[Jordan Howard is] a true workhorse who fits well in the Dolphins' power scheme. Don't be surprised if Howard comes close to doubling up [Matt] Breida in carries, but Breida's value will come in the passing game, where he should receive most of the touches and increased playing time when Miami is trailing." Wolfe's opinion is worth noting, but this reads as just that rather than a report on the team's usage plans. Frankly, we'd be shocked if Howard comes anywhere close to doubling Breida's carry count -- as you can see in our 2020 RB rankings. But we agree with the expectation that Howard leads the team in carries while Breida operates as the lead back in the passing game.

The 49ers have traded RB Matt Breida to the Dolphins in exchange for a 5th-round pick. Breida has been excellent for the 49ers over the past 3 seasons, averaging 5.0 yards per carry and 8.4 yards per catch. This past year, he ranked 21st in Pro Football Focus' rushing grades among 45 RBs with 100+ carries. Breida was a victim of the numbers game in a packed 49ers backfield but will find plenty of opportunity in Miami, where Jordan Howard resides atop the depth chart. Expect some sort of committee attack in 2020, but Breida's explosiveness and pass-catching ability might make him the more valuable fantasy asset.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Dolphins have agreed to a 2-year, $10 million deal with RB Jordan Howard. He instantly becomes the top RB on a team that only saw QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and RB Mark Walton crack 200 yards on the ground in 2019. We'd be surprised, though, if Miami is done making offseason changes to that backfield.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero calls Eagles RB Miles Sanders' (ankle) status "TBD" for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Seahawks. The rookie is scheduled for an MRI on his sprained ankle, so we should have a better idea of his status within the next 24 hours. If Sanders can't play vs. Seattle, Boston Scott would be the best bet for touches in Philadelphia's backfield, ahead of Jordan Howard.

Eagles RB Miles Sanders suffered a left ankle injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Giants and is officially questionable to return. The rookie's absence leaves Philly with RBs Boston Scott and Jordan Howard, who just returned from his shoulder injury.

Update: Sanders has been ruled out.

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Eagles RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Giants. He’s expected to play sparingly behind Miles Sanders and potentially Boston Scott. Howard isn’t a viable Week 17 fantasy option.

Eagles RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) has been cleared for contact, HC Doug Pederson said Friday. He's expected back for this weekend's game against the Giants after missing the past 6 contests. Rookie RB Miles Sanders has been excellent in Howard's absence, though, so Howard figures to return to a minimal role.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Eagles RB Jordan Howard will return to action for Week 17. With that, the team is releasing RB Jay Ajayi. Miles Sanders has delivered big production as the feature back with Howard out. He'll likely lose some playing time and touches to Howard, but we'd also bet on the rookie continuing to lead Philly's backfield committee. Boston Scott also becomes a shakier bet for touches in Week 17.

Eagles RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) is inactive for today’s game against the Cowboys. Miles Sanders will continue to operate as the lead back, with Boston Scott in a change-of-pass role.

Eagles RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) remained limited in practice all week. He’s listed as questionable but is unlikely to play against the Cowboys on Sunday. That keeps rookie Miles Sanders locked in as the starter — and RB Boston Scott in a change-of-pass role.

Eagles RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Redskins. He's still waiting to get cleared for contact. Miles Sanders should continue to operate as Philly's lead back tomorrow, although RB Boston Scott could see more action after an impressive showing last week.

Eagles RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) remained limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Redskins. He still hasn’t been cleared for contact, so don’t expect him to play. That means another game as lead back for rookie Miles Sanders — although RB Boston Scott’s strong Week 14 showing adds some risk to Sanders’ fantasy outlook.

Eagles RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) is inactive for tonight's game against the Giants. It'll be his 3rd straight missed game with the injury. His absence leaves a workhorse role to Miles Sanders.

Eagles RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Giants. The Athletic's Zach Berman reports that Howard still hasn't been cleared for contact, so consider him a long shot to play Monday. That means another game as lead back for RB Miles Sanders, who's averaged 13.3 carries and 4.7 targets over the past 3 weeks.

Eagles RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) still hasn't been cleared for contact, HC Doug Pederson said Thursday. Howard has an extra day to get cleared ahead of Monday night's game vs. the Giants. But at this point, assume he won't play in that one. Howard's absence would again make Miles Sanders a RB2 with upside.

The Eagles have ruled RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. That makes Miles Sanders a solid starter across fantasy football formats -- though he could be a player to avoid in DFS at high ownership rates. Jay Ajayi carries 6 times to Sanders' 12 in last week's loss to the Seahawks and is a deep option for non-PPR leagues as well.

 
 
 

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