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Miles Sanders Fantasy Outlook Suggests Breakout Potential in 2019 Rookie Season

Jason Schandl
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The second running back off the board in the 2019 NFL Draft — and one of only two taken in the first two rounds — Miles Sanders figures to be in the Philadelphia Eagles' plans for the upcoming season.

The team was clearly hungry for RB help after experimenting with every back they had in 2018, and in addition to drafting Sanders they also signed former Chicago Bear Jordan Howard.

Howard hasn't done much to endear himself to fantasy football drafters recently, and Sanders showed some real potential at Penn State. What can we expect from him in his rookie season?

Miles Sanders Fantasy Value 2019

It remains to be seen which RBs the Eagles keep on their final 53-man roster, but their intentions seem clear — replace the guys they had last year.

Despite not having any reliable options, they leaned on their 2018 stable for 349 carries, so even with Jordan and Sanders fighting for touches there should be room for them to both handle a significant workload.

Sanders showed plenty of every-down versatility in his final college season, recording 220 carries and 24 receptions across 13 games. Those receiving chops could help him see the field on passing downs ahead of Howard even early in the season, when teams typically defer to veterans.

Volume is certainly a concern for Sanders, but his upside if he does overtake Howard, who averaged a career-worst 3.7 yards per attempt in 2018, is what really makes him appealing.

His price-tag has been climbing this summer, and landing him will likely cost you a mid-round pick at this point, with his average draft position (ADP) sitting at RB28, per FantasyPros.com.

That makes him more expensive than Howard (RB35), but Sanders' playmaking and ability to thrive in the passing game create a ton of upside if he does hit. With a lot of draft capital behind him and playing in a strong fantasy offense, Sanders has a great ceiling relative to his ADP, making him a potentially risky but high-upside pick in the sixth or seventh round of 12-team drafts.


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