Fantasy Football Depth Chart: Philadelphia Eagles Running Backs
As is the case seemingly every season, the Philadelphia Eagles' backfield is a bit of a mess, at least for fantasy football purposes. The team hasn't had a true workhorse back since LeSean McCoy left town, and the Jay Ajayi experiment seemingly failed due to the 26-year-old's problematic knees.
This year, things look as complicated as they've ever been. Still, one must make fact-based decisions when deciding which Eagles running back has the best chance for fantasy success in the 2019 season.
Here are the four running backs most likely to make the final roster, and where they rank as far as fantasy relevance.
4. Corey Clement
It's important to start this list by noting that Josh Adams is not projected to make the final roster and, to a lesser extent, neither is Wendell Smallwood. That makes Corey Clement the most likely incumbent to keep his spot, albeit as a backup. Clement is still recovering from a knee injury, which ended his 2018 season, but the back claims he will be ready for Week 1. While he has flashed some potential in the past, Clement carries very little upside and should be a non-factor in fantasy drafts.
3. Boston Scott
This is where the pecking order gets a little more interesting. Boston Scott was strictly a special teamer during his 2018 rookie season, but head coach Doug Pederson seems to have way bigger plans for him in 2019. Scott is being mentioned as a possible fit in Darren Sproles' old role with the team, and with 4.40 speed and pass-catching chops, the comparison makes sense. His upside will likely be capped, due to the other players on this list, but if Scott can cement any type of role in the offense, he becomes fantasy relevant, especially in PPR leagues.
2. Jordan Howard
Things currently in Jordan Howard's favor when it comes to fantasy are that the Eagles traded for him and he will likely get at least a split of early-down work. Along with the likelihood that he ends up being the team's goal-line back, Howard currently has the second highest average draft position (ADP) in the Eagles' backfield, sitting around pick No. 80. But on the other side of the coin, Howard really bottomed out during his third year with the Chicago Bears, averaging 3.7 yards per carry while continuing to be a complete zero in the passing game. Still, he will get ample opportunities early on in the season and will be playing behind a strong run-blocking line. He's entirely worth a mid-round pick and could end up being a sleeper due to his touchdown upside.
1. Miles Sanders
While the Eagles are committed to being a committee, rookie Miles Sanders clearly has the most potential of the bunch. A lot of that has to do with Howard's limitations, but Sanders has plenty of talent to stand out on his own. With an ADP of 75, just above Howard, Sanders' draft price is still cheap compared to other rookie backs like the Raiders' Josh Jacobs and the Bears' David Montgomery. Sanders could move up draft boards with an impressive preseason, but keep him in mind as a potential sleeper in 2019. If you're planning on drafting a member of the Eagles' backfield, it might be best to handcuff Sanders and Howard to maximize your fantasy upside.
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