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College: Penn State | Rookie
Height: 5'11" | Weight: 211 lbs
Birth Date: 5/1/1997
Depth Chart: RB1.2
2019 Bye Week: 10

Total Pts: 39.6
Avg Pts: 7.92
Rank: 14 RB

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2019 RTSports Outlook

The Eagles added another back to their stable of running backs, taking Sanders in the second round of this year's draft. He should compete with Jordan Howard for the starting job his rookie year. Sanders is a good one-cut runner that can be a big asset in the passing game. He is a shifty back but runs with power and has good moves. He played behind Saquon Barkley in college, so he has plenty of life left in his legs.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Sanders isn't a sure thing but could emerge as the starting back in a good offense, so the ceiling is high for him. He is worth a look as a low-end No. 2 or 3 back. He'll get chances even if he isn't starting, especially in the passing game. Look for around 1,000 total yards and six or so scores.

RotoBaller's Outlook

The Philadelphia Eagles selected running back Miles Sanders in the second round of the 2019 draft, and presumably see him as the future of their backfield. The most recent Eagles' running back to get drafted before the fourth round was LeSean McCoy 10 years ago. The franchise is well-run enough to know not to spend valuable draft capital on a fungible position but must have liked Sanders enough to go and get him. Although Sanders' college numbers do not stand out like his predecessor at Penn State (Saquon Barkley), the tape shows a skilled runner, capable of finding holes and creating space. He is more of a finesse runner than a bruising back but that is fine given how talented his offensive line is going to be. He was not heavily utilized in the pass-game but possesses solid hands and should have plenty of room to operate with the talent surrounding him in Philadelphia. The committee concerns are legitimate. However, by mid-season, if Sanders can display his talents in even a limited role, there is no doubt that his play-time will increase heavily. It's a wait-and-see for now, but at his current seventh/eighth-round ADP, he is a worthwhile gamble.

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Player Notes
Oct 13 8:40pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders made the most of his touches in Week 6. Sanders carried the ball just three times, gaining six yards. All of his damage came through the air though, where he caught three passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. The rookie's score came on a 32-yard pass from Carson Wentz in the second quarter. Sanders getting only six touches is a bit concerning, but if he can do this much with that little, he'll continue to at least have RB3/4 appeal.

From RotoBaller

Oct 9 11:30am ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders has taken a backseat to Jordan Howard in the Eagles backfield. Combine that with a trip to Minnesota to face a strong Vikings Defense, and Sanders is a risky RB3 play at best in Week 6. Howard is taking all of the scoring opportunities and Sanders has been struggling to run the ball (just 15 yards on nine carries in Week 5). He's worked well in the passing game though, so Sanders does get a slight bump in value in PPR leagues.

From RotoBaller

Oct 6 5:30pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders wasn't able to get anything going on the ground in Week 5. He ran the ball nine times and gained just 15 yards. He was able to add four catches, gaining 49 yards that way. Sanders was useless in the running game, getting completely outplayed by Jordan Howard, who averaged 4.8 yards per carry (13 carries for 62 yards.) Sanders will continue to be involved in the passing game, but the early downs seem to belong to Howard for now.

From RotoBaller

Oct 2 12:50pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders is an unexciting RB3 option in Week 5, although he does carry some upside. Sanders ran for 72 scoreless yards in Week 4 while watching Jordan Howard score three touchdowns. More of the same could happen this week with the Eagles as big home favorites against the New York Jets. Sanders and Howard could get a lot of run in the second half if the Eagles are nursing a big lead, but Howard would be the more likely running back to get goal-line carries and remains the more likely back to score a touchdown. Sanders can be used as a floor play, but his upside is certainly limited by Howard.

From RotoBaller

Sep 27 12:10am ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders ran the ball well in Week 4, but watched Jordan Howard score three touchdowns. Sanders ran the ball 11 times for 72 scoreless yards. He did not make a catch in the passing game. Sanders ran well when given the chance, but Howard got seven more touches and scored the previously mentioned three touchdowns. Sanders still has plenty of upside, but Howard isn't going away.

From RotoBaller

Sep 25 11:20am ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders will try to keep the ball off the ground in Week 4. Sanders fumbled twice in Week 3 and had seriously concerning fumbling issues in college. Still, he was able to pick up 53 yards on 13 carries and 73 yards on two catches against the Lions. He should be in for a similar workload on Thursday Night Football against the Packers in Week 4. Sanders should maintain a decently high floor, but his ceiling is limited by the Eagles' tendency to turn to the passing game so far this season. Sanders will be a low-end RB2 this week.

From RotoBaller

Sep 22 7:10pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders had some ups and downs in Week 3. He ran the ball 13 times for 53 yards and added two catches for 73 yards, but fumbled twice, losing one. Sanders had real fumbling issues in college and they seem to have followed him to the NFL, but he showed his ability when he can keep the ball in his hands. It was a very rookie game for Sanders, who was schemed into several plays and should see more and more run going forward as long as he can keep the ball off the ground.

From RotoBaller

Sep 18 11:40am ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders was one of the few Eagles offensive starters to escape Week 2 without an injury, but he's still not a very exciting fantasy choice for Week 3. Taking on a decent Detroit Lions run defense, Sanders is currently ranked on the RB2/3 turn. He could make for a decent FLEX play, but shouldn't be trusted as a starting running back in most lineups. Sanders has had some decent flashes and is being used in a way that could ultimately end up making him a fantasy starter, but for now he looks like he's still somewhat acclimating to the NFL game and might need some time before he becomes a set-and-forget fantasy starter.

From RotoBaller

Sep 16 12:10am ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders couldn't get much going in Week 2. He ran the ball 10 times, gaining just 28 scoreless yards. He added three catches for nine more yards. Overall, it was a tough game for the Eagles on the ground, but Sanders did out-touch Jordan Howard by four. Sanders is clearly the lead back on the Eagles, but this is shaping up to be much more of a passing offense, at least for now.

From RotoBaller

Sep 11 11:30am ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders is an OK but mostly unexciting option for Week 2. Shaping up to be somewhere on the RB2/3 border, Sanders had plenty of chances in Week 1 but didn't do much with them. He was thoroughly outplayed by veteran Darren Sproles, and even Jordan Howard showed a bit more of a spark. Still, the Eagles want Sanders to be the main guy in their backfield, and that of course offers fantasy upside and a decent floor. Sanders is fine in lineups dealing with injuries to starting running backs, but most teams should have higher-upside options available to start this week.

From RotoBaller

Sep 8 4:40pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders led the Eagles in carries in Week 1, running the ball 11 times. He gained 25 yards on the ground, adding one catch for two yards. Sanders looked like he'd scored his first NFL touchdown, but the play was called back due to a penalty. Overall, Sanders looked okay in his first NFL game, but as expected, there were several bodies rotating in and out of the Eagles backfield. Sanders is a definite hold in all formats, but he may not be a starting option just yet.

From RotoBaller

Sep 5 12:40pm ET

Since Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was hired in 2016, the team has stuck with a committee approach at running back, and that won't change in 2019. I believe the National Football League season is a grueling, grinding season, particularly on running backs, Pederson said Wednesday. And if you dont have a couple of guys that you can really hang your hat on, its hard to get through a season. Rookie Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard will be the one-two punch, while veterans Darren Sproles and Corey Clement will come in and out of the lineup to create mismatches on passing downs. Sanders has the most upside of the group. His ceiling will be limited in this committee approach, but he still has RB3/flex appeal in the Week 1 matchup with Washington.

From RotoBaller

Sep 4 11:30am ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders should play a significant role in the Week 1 offense against the Washington Redskins. Sanders reportedly outplayed every other running back in Eagles camp and should get the biggest snap share in the Philly backfield. His upside is limited by the presence of passing down backs Corey Clement and Darren Sproles combined with expected short-yardage guy Jordan Howard, making Sanders a high-upside RB3 for now. Based on his usage, he could work his way into the RB2 conversation this season.

From RotoBaller

Aug 31 11:30pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders should have a solid rookie year. His strong performance throughout training camp, practices, and the preseason have put him atop the depth chart. He'll have plenty of competition, though, as Corey Clement and Darren Sproles figure to split passing downs and Jordan Howard looks ticketed for short-yardage work. Still, the Eagles offense should have plenty to go around and Sanders has the talent to make his touches count. He's an absolute must-draft in the first round of any dynasty drafts and needs to be owned in all formats.

From RotoBaller

Aug 21 11:40am ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders is expected to take over the top spot on the running back depth chart soon. The spot currently belongs to Jordan Howard, and although he has reportedly run the ball well, Sanders has been much more dynamic and well-rounded in camp. The rookie will still have competition on passing downs from Corey Clement and Darren Sproles, but if he can hold off Howard for short yardage and goal-to-go situations, he should be a legitimate fantasy asset in a strong offense.

From RotoBaller

Aug 16 12:10am ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders ran the ball five times on Thursday, gaining 31 yards. Sanders looked great and has drawn rave practice reviews as well, with some beat reporters going as far as calling him the clear RB1 in Philly. Jordan Howard is still around and Corey Clement will likely work most third down situations, but Sanders' fantasy arrow is definitely pointing up.

From RotoBaller

Aug 5 9:50pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders has put an injury during minicamp well in the rear-view mirror, and beat writer Zack Rosenblatt feels Sanders has easily been the most impressive running back on the team through 10 training camp practices. The Eagles reached up into the second round in the 2019 NFL Draft to pluck Sanders out of Penn State, and he is making that pick look smart. "We all felt strongly about Miles and his ability," OC Mike Groh said. He is drawing comparisons to former Eagles tailback LeSean McCoy for his explosive ability. For now, Sanders is expected to be one of the team's top two backs along with Jordan Howard, and those are two RBs in Philly to target for fantasy purposes.

From RotoBaller

Jul 26 3:00am ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders was able to participate in portions of Thursday's training camp practice session. Sanders missed all of OTAs and Eagles minicamp due to a hamstring injury, so it was good to see him back on the field for training camp. Sanders has some nice upside assuming he can show that his ball control issues are behind him, but there are plenty of bodies for him to compete with in the Eagles backfield. If he earns a starting role, he should be an effective fantasy piece, but his role is completely up in the air for now. He should still be targeted fairly early in dynasty/keeper league rookie drafts, however.

From RotoBaller

Jul 9 2:40pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders reportedly needs to improve in pass protection, ball security, and receiving ability. These are all things Sanders could have been practicing in the offseason program, but he missed the whole thing due to a hamstring injury. He was drafted in the second round, so the Eagles clearly have a plan to use him right away, but with Jordan Howard around looking ready for all short-yardage work, Sanders will have a much clearer path to making an impact through the passing game. He'll need to excel in training camp if he wants to expand his role.

From RotoBaller

Jun 11 1:00pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders (hamstring) will not practice at minicamp this week. Sanders hasn't practiced at all during the team's spring activities, which is notable for a rookie. He's behind the ball as of now and coupled with the club's happiness with Jordan Howard as a multi-talented running back, Sanders' stock is dropping as we approach training camp this summer. Philly will employ a running-back-by-committee approach, though, so Sanders will surely factor in when the regular season starts. But he might not run away with lead-back duties as most assumed he would when he was drafted.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 09-May-2019: PHI - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (through 2022)
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2019 Season39.605719900132191181
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