In The Blitz, RotoViz writers react to the latest news and help you place it within the context of our 2020 research and recommendations.
Fantasy owners had to wait an additional week for his season debut, but Miles Sanders had an impressive first game in Week 2. After missing Week 1 with a hamstring injury, Sanders totaled 23 touches on 27 opportunities and amassed 131 yards from scrimmage. Looking ahead, he figures to remain an integral part of the Philadelphia Eagles offense both on the ground and through the air.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (hamstring) looked healthy in his return to the lineup in Week 2. He ran the ball 20 times for 95 yards and a touchdown, adding three catches for 36 more yards. Sanders missed Week 1 and was questionable for this one, but he looked good and was easily the best player on the Eagles roster today. His score came on a five-yard run up the middle at the end of the first half. Sanders should continue to be the most valuable fantasy piece on a struggling Philadelphia offense.
Talent vs. Coaching
Of the many fiercely debated offseason topics, one of my favorites to follow surrounded the coaching philosophy of Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. Long thought of as a coach who preferred to utilize multiple running backs (the dreaded RBBC), the claim from many was that he never had a talent like Sanders in the backfield. Down the stretch last season, Sanders got his chance.
Without former teammate Jordan Howard to split work with over the final seven games, Sanders finished the season as the RB8 from Week 11 on. Fellow running back Boston Scott also performed well in his limited role, but the efficiency Sanders flashed caught the attention of many, including the Eagles coaching staff. His athletic profile doesn’t totally wow you, but he’s good almost everywhere.
Offseason coach-speak can be tricky to properly evaluate at the best of times properly. Toss in limited offseason programs, restricted media access, and no preseason games, and it gets even more challenging. However, the team’s actions speak for themselves. The Miami Dolphins signed Howard, and the Eagles didn’t bring in anyone else either via the draft or free agency. After a solid showing in Week 2, all signs are pointing up for Sanders.
Earlier this offseason, RotoViz writers were onboard the Sanders hype. I suggested Sanders as someone I would be willing to buy high on as I believe in the talent and opportunity. Curtis Patrick tabbed Sanders as one of his dynasty trade targets, and Jack Miller gave us an early glimpse into what we could expect from him this season.
Sanders was growing in popularity throughout the offseason until the start of the month. I would still be looking for opportunities to buy him in dynasty leagues. In 2019, the Eagles only had two games where a running back had at least 20 carries (Howard and Sanders each did it once). With a strong start to his season, the talent, opportunity, and offense are all there for him. He’s a young back who does everything well and should continue to produce for fantasy.