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Miles Sanders Fantasy Outlook Bleak With Decreased Touches

Dan Israeli
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Miles Sanders was a buzzy pick in fantasy drafts this year, as the rookie out of Penn State was talked up as the possible lead option in the Philadelphia Eagles' committee backfield. Through seven weeks, however, Sanders has seen his workload steadily decrease, and is coming off his second straight week of less than 10 total touches.

While Sanders actually led the backfield in playing time during the Eagles' Sunday Night Football loss to the Dallas Cowboys, logging 54 percent of the snaps, his presence was almost entirely game-script related, as Philadelphia fell behind big early. Sanders is the team's preferred option in the passing game, and finished the loss with three catches for 11 yards, to go with his six for 21 line as a rusher.

Sanders was third in carries among Eagles' backs in Week 7, as Jordan Howard rushed 11 times for 50 yards, while Boston Scott chipped in seven carries for 32 yards. With Darren Sproles sidelined by a quad injury, Sanders has assumed the role of a satellite back, and had averaged 3.5 catches for 67.5 yards in the two weeks prior to Week 7.

Sanders' biggest issue as a runner has been his proclivity for bouncing runs to the outside, which has resulted in him missing some massive interior holes that could have gone for long gains. The problem has been addressed multiple times by head coach Doug Pederson, and will do Sanders no favors going forward as far as earning more rush attempts in the Eagles' offense.

With an upcoming schedule that includes the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, a bye and the New England Patriots, Sanders is probably droppable in 10-team leagues, especially standard scoring formats. Although, he might be worth stashing in deeper PPR formats, due to a better late season schedule and the hope he can figure things out as a runner.

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