The Philadelphia Eagles were missing a major piece of their offense last Sunday when they were without starting running back Miles Sanders in a loss to the Washington Football Team. However, things have taken a turn in a positive way as Sanders is now projected to play this Sunday in a matchup with the Los Angeles Rams.
Sanders is recovering from a hamstring injury, but did spend some time practicing with the team on Wednesday and is expected to suit up against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
Sanders was a bright spot on offense for the Eagles last year, posting 1,327 total yards 6 touchdowns, and he is expected to be even better this year. Getting Sanders back would be a huge boost to the running game as Boston Scott and Corey Clement combined for just 54 rushing yards on 15 carries filling in for him in Week 1.
It is reported that Lane Johnson is expected to play as well, which could greatly improve an offensive line that gave up 8 sacks last Sunday. If the Eagles want to get Sanders and the running game going, Johnson and the offensive line needs to be able to block efficiently and create holes to run through.
Sanders has a decent matchup in Week 2 as the Rams were gashed for 136 rushing yards in their Week 1 matchup against the Cowboys. The Rams gave up over 113 rushing yards per game last season and ranked tied for No. 11 in the NFL by giving up 12 rushing touchdowns. Look for the Eagles to try and set up a running game early to avoid putting all of the pressure on quarterback Carson Wentz.
Sanders checks in as the No. 15 running back in our Week 2 fantasy football rankings. He is a great FLEX play this week as he looks for a bounce back performance, but is risky to start in your RB2 slot if you have other options with guaranteed carries such as David Johnson or Todd Gurley.
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