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Miles Sanders Injury Update Clouds Jordan Howard Fantasy Outlook

Jason Schandl
The latest Miles Sanders injury update threatens Jordan Howard's fantasy football outlook and value.
The latest Miles Sanders injury update threatens Jordan Howard's fantasy football outlook and value. / Mitchell Leff/GettyImages

In a bizarre turn of events, all that needed to happen for the Philadelphia Eagles' backfield to generate big fantasy value was for Miles Sanders to get hurt.

Jordan Howard has been a revelation, averaging 13.0 fantasy points per game over the last three.

Suddenly his fantasy football outlook is a lot cloudier, however, as Sanders' 21-day window to return from IR has been activated.

This doesn't mean that Sanders will be back for Week 11, necessarily, but it does mean that we should expect him back in the fold soon.

Despite Howard's strong play, it's hard not to imagine Sanders' return completely tanking Howard's fantasy value. Even while thriving, Howard has yet to play more than 40% of the Eagles' offensive snaps in a game, while Sanders topped a 60% snap share every week until he got hurt, peaking at 75% in Week 5 and 83% in Week 6.

The Eagles' recent shift in play-calling could really benefit Sanders' fantasy value too. Through Week 7, when Sanders got hurt, the Eagles had a 61.1% passing play rate (and that doesn't include all of the Jalen Hurts rushes). Just three weeks later, that mark has fallen to 52.2% — the second lowest in the NFL.

Sanders will clearly resume receiving work in the backfield (Howard has a combined 12 receptions in 20 games since first joining the Eagles in 2019), and this increase in rushing volume should be enough to feed him even if Howard still gets some touches.

If Sanders sits you can start Howard in Week 11, but fantasy managers counting on his production will need to start making some backup plans immediately.

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