Buzz Around Eagles Running Back Miles Sanders Growing Quickly for the 2019 Fantasy Football Season

Max Staley
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The Philadelphia Eagles have used a running-back-by-committee approach in recent years. At times, it's been hard to figure out which Eagles running back to trust in fantasy football. This season appears no different, with Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Darren Sproles and Corey Clement all vying for touches.

However, early reports out of training camp seem to indicate that Sanders is separating himself from the pack.

Of course, Sanders' biggest roadblock to fantasy relevance is the Eagles' murky RB depth chart. At Penn State, Sanders built a reputation as a powerful, decisive runner. Unfortunately, Howard is similarly best used as a short-yardage back, and he's a proven commodity at the NFL level.

Even so, Howard struggled with the Chicago Bears last season. He tallied 935 rushing yards on 3.7 yards per carry. While Howard will serve a role, the training camp reports paint Sanders as the far more explosive option.

If he's on the field, Sanders' prolific production in college suggests he could make an immediate impact. Sanders racked up 1,274 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 5.8 yards per carry in 2018. He's currently being drafted as RB33 according to FantasyPros, but he's got legitimate RB2 upside if he's used enough.

Sanders is likely going to be tough to trust for fantasy at the beginning of the season. However, as the year progresses, Sanders could carve out a much larger role. He's a great draft-and-stash target, and could really pay dividends for patient owners down the stretch.

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