Just as Jordan Howard's volume was really starting to ramp up, an injury sent him to the sidelines. The Philadelphia Eagles lead back's two-highest carry totals (23 and 19) of the season came in Weeks 8 and 9 before they were on bye in Week 10 and he sat out with a stinger in Week 11.
Miles Sanders stepped up as the lead back and Jay Ajayi was signed for that Week 11 game, but Howard is back at practice this week, looking set to resume his usual role.
Sanders played a season-high 85 percent of the Eagles' snaps in Week 11, also notching 15 opportunities (11 carries plus four targets), which was his second-biggest workload of the year.
He will have room to continue working in the passing game, with at least three targets in every game since Week 4 and Darren Sproles on IR, but Howard will likely take the lion's share of the carries and play the bulk of the snaps as long as he suits up.
This is also a huge blow to Ajayi, whose value comes in the same situations (early-down and short-yardage work) as Howard, all but destroying Ajayi's fantasy outlook as quickly as it started to improve with his signing in Philly.
Howard and Sanders have co-existed to both offer some fantasy value throughout the season, and while the crowded backfield hurts both of their ceilings, they will both be viable options if Howard returns.
Assuming he plays, Howard checks in at RB24 while Sanders is RB33 in our Week 12 PPR fantasy football rankings. Ajayi is not worth starting in this situation. If Howard does sit, however, Sanders will jump into the RB2 range, while Ajayi could offer some value as a FLEX play if you're hurting for options this week.
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