Miles Sanders Fantasy Outlook Clouded by Shoulder Injury During Breakout Game in Week 8

Jason Schandl
Philadelphia Eagles v Buffalo Bills
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Miles Sanders spent most of the first half of the regular season stuck behind Jordan Howard on the Philadelphia Eagles' depth chart.

The rookie second-round pick exploded with a breakout performance in Week 8 against the Buffalo Bills, rushing three times for 74 yards and one TD while also turning in 44 yards on three receptions. He hurt his shoulder though, and since then both Boston Scott and Jordan Howard have scored TDs on the ground with Sanders on the sideline.

Coming into this game, Sanders was second on the team with 63 carries on the year, 14 behind Jordan Howard's team-high 77. He had also caught 16 passes to Howard's eight, but Howard had played more snaps in two of the last three games.

Sanders played over 50 percent of the team's snaps for the first time in Week 7 though, and following that workload with a massive first-half performance positioned Sanders to take hold of that lead back role, which would have given his fantasy outlook a huge boost.

If Sanders misses any time, then it's Howard who is going to get a significant up-tick in fantasy value instead. If Sanders does return he's going to be fighting an up-hill battle for the next couple weeks, getting tough matchups against the Chicago Bears in Week 9 and New England Patriots in Week 10.

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