RB Miles Sanders - Philadelphia Eagles

5-11, 215Born: 5-1-1997College: Penn StateDrafted: Round 2, pick 2019

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Week 11: vs New England Patriots

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FBG says: Good matchup. Jordan Howard has taken the reigns of this rushing attack in Philadelphia and has been productive over the last six weeks. Over the last six games, Howard has averaged 4.3 yards-per-carry and has scored 5 touchdowns over those six games. Howard has out-touched the rookie Miles Sanders 93 to 42 over the last six weeks as this seems like his offense is moving towards the veteran. The Eagles strength is the offensive line and it may be getting even better as Jason Peters was a limited practice this week and if he is able to return it would be a significant upgrade for an already dominant line led by Jason Kelce and Brandon Brooks who might be the best center/right guard combination in the NFL. The Patriots are a difficult run defense to figure out this season as while they have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs on the season, they have struggled over the last three weeks allowing 70 yards to Le'Veon Bell, 131 yards to Nick Chubb, and 115 yards to Mark Ingram. A lot of their production has been due to the lack of touchdowns that they have allowed as they have allowed just one rushing touchdown to running backs on the season, and a soft schedule facing the likes of the Jets twice, Miami, a Giants team without Saquon Barkley, the Steelers in a blowout game script, and Washington which are some of the worst run offenses in the league combined with game scripts that forced the teams to abandon the run. If you look at yards-per-attempt, the Patriots are the 7th worst in the NFL allowing 4.7 yards per attempt. This is primarily due to the Patriots playing a Dime defense and having the game script that forces teams to have to abandon the run early. This is still a talented defense when they bring in the right personnel as Danny Shelton is a space-eater that allows Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins to clean up tackles. If the Eagles can keep this game close, Jordan Howard can have some success in this game.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
7 at DAL 33 6 21 0 3 3.0 11 0 0 3.2
8 at BUF 13 3 74 1 3 3.0 44 0 0 17.8
9 vs CHI 36 10 42 0 3 3.0 31 0 0 7.3
11 vs NE PROJ-Dodds * 14 * * 4.0 * * * *
11 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 14 * * 2.5 * * * *
11 vs NE PROJ-Bloom * 11 * * 4.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Miles Sanders's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 9 vs CHI (10 / 42 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)

Sanders saw a hearty 13 touches, second-most in a game this season, despite being in a secondary role to Jordan Howard. The Eagles ran the ball well throughout the game and Sanders produced consistent highlight moments. Sanders spun away from a defender on a chunk gain in the red zone, broke a tackle on a 19-yard screen gain, and beat a linebacker easily on a swing pass to pick up third-and-long in a critical fourth quarter moment. Sanders' ability in space and as a receiver was on display yet again this week.

2019 Week 8 vs BUF (3 / 74 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)

Jordan Howard was the clear preferred option on interior runs again against Buffalo this week in the windy conditions. Sanders, however, is the home run threat of the two, breaking on two huge plays, one for a touchdown. Sanders benefited from a Howard lead block through a small hole inside, showing his speed all the way for a 65-yard touchdown. Sanders also cut across the field on a screen pass for 25 yards through the air. Sanders has not received 10 touches or more since Week 5 and yet had another quality performance this week. Sanders exited in the second half with a shoulder injury but is not expected to miss significant time by early reports of the Bears matchup in Week 9.

2019 Week 7 vs DAL (6 / 21 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)

The trend of seeing more Jordan Howard on interior runs and Sanders in an ancillary space role continued against Dallas. Sanders has seen only nine rushing attempts over the past two games after at least nine in every game over the opening five weeks of the season. Sanders' big plays in the passing game dwindled against Dallas. Sanders' big run came on a give up third-and-long in the first minute of the first half to burn clock for eight yards. Sanders also hesitated on a kickoff return and was ultimately stuffed at the 13-yard-line to set back the offense. The Bills offer a stiff Week 8 test for Sanders to get back on track.

2019 Week 6 vs MIN (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 86 / 1 rec)

Sanders saw a mere six touches against the Vikings and ceding much of the interior rushing work to Jordan Howard. Sanders was a dynamo as a receiver, however, converting all three of his targets, including two wow plays. The first was winning easily on a wheel route down to the goal line for more than 40 yards. Secondly, Sanders came wide open down the seam for a chunk touchdown. After a slow start to the season as a receiver, which parallels when Darren Sproles was active in the opening weeks, Sanders has 12 targets over the past four games for a robust 9-208-1 stat line.

2019 Week 5 vs NYJ (9 / 15 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)

Sanders and Jordan Howard both collected 13 touches as they continue a firm running back by committee approach. Sanders got the start and showed much better as a receiver than an interior runner, an area which Howard has exceled through the opening five games this season. When in space, however, Sanders is at his best, posted an impressive wheel route reception for more than 35 yards and a stiff arm on another highlight catch. Sanders did drop a red zone target and, notably, was the two-minute drill back for the offense. Darren Sproles sustained a leg injury and is week-to-week, which only enhances Sanders' already thriving passing game role within the offense.

2019 Week 4 vs GB (11 / 72 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Sanders was a secondary headliner of the Eagles backfield compared to Jordan Howard against the Eagles. However, Sanders ignited the Eagles from a 10-point early deficit with a long kickoff return into Packers territory. Sanders exhibited strong cuts on numerous occasions with smooth acceleration and the ability to throttle down when needed. Sanders exploited a huge hole for 30 yards on his biggest run of the game and greatly benefitted, as did Jordan Howard, from a dominant performance by the Eagles offensive line. With Darren Sproles barely seeing the field, it was a firm committee between Sanders and Howard against the Packers.

2019 Week 3 vs DET (13 / 53 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 73 / 0 rec)

Sanders drew the start against Detroit but remained firmly in a three-headed running back committee in terms of snaps. Sanders exhibited nice cuts on multiple runs plus a chunk reception in the passing game. However, his performance was marred by two fumbles (one lost) as ball security has been in issue for the rookie even in a small three-game sample to begin the season. On the promising side, the Eagles stuck with the run game for 26 running back carries in a game they consistently trailed.

2019 Week 2 vs ATL (10 / 28 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)

Sanders' touch total was similar to his Week 1 debut, but the intent of the Eagles to have Sanders moving towards clear lead back status was different in the Week 2 loss in Atlanta. Sanders saw time as the hurry-up back late in the first half and showed nice cuts on a third-and-short conversion. It has been tough sledding for the rookie through two games, partly due to offensive line play and partly due to Sanders' vision not optimizing lanes when available. Sanders has shown clear upside with an evolving at his best with Jordan Howard ideally as a power-centric closer role and Darren Sproles sprinkled in for ancillary snaps.

2019 Week 1 vs WAS (11 / 25 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Sanders' debut resulted in leading the Eagles running backs in snaps but failed to provide much impact against Washington. Sanders was regularly stuffed near the line of scrimmage and was stuffed twice on point blank goal line attempts. Sanders also fumbled in the game and dropped a screen pass, one of only two targets for the rookie. Sanders' highlight play, multiple cuts on his way to a touchdown, was called back by penalty, halting a potentially solid stat line. The most positive aspect of Sanders' game was leading the running back committee in snaps and his 12 touches being clearly ahead of Jordan Howard. The Eagles head to Atlanta in Week 2, a defense who struggled to contain Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison in Week 1.

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Schedule

11vs New England Patriots
12vs Seattle Seahawks
13@ Miami Dolphins
14vs New York Giants
15@ Washington Redskins
16vs Dallas Cowboys
17@ New York Giants