Guest of the League
Armchair Football Association Est. 2003
FFL: Preseason | NFL: Week 1
Miles Sanders

RB CAR

College: Penn State | 5 years
Height: 5'11" | Weight: 210 lbs
Birth Date: 1997-05-01
2024 Bye Week: 11

Total Pts: 90.1
Avg Pts: 5.30
Rank: 52 RB

Free Agent

2024 RTSports Outlook

A move to Carolina was supposed to be a positive for Sanders, but that wasn't the case. He lost his starting job and had a career-low 586 total yards. Miles had two games all season with double-digit fantasy points, which came in the first three weeks of the season. He did very little after that. Sanders is likely back with the Panthers this season but should be in a backup role from the get go. Sanders is a former 1,000-yard rusher but has topped 900-rushing yards just once in five seasons. Sanders is a good one-cut runner that can do well in the passing game. He is a shifty back but runs with power and has good moves. He is a pretty complete package at running back that can play all three downs. He does lack a little thump, though, struggling some after contact.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Sanders was a big bust last year. He might do a little better this year in what should be a better offense but remains a risk for fantasy teams. He won't get as much consistent weekly work. He might be worth a late-round gamble. Look for around 600 total yards and a few scores.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

A former Pro Bowl player, Miles Sanders was a significant free-agent acquisition for the Carolina Panthers last season. The former Philadelphia Eagles signed a four-year, $25.4 million contract with Carolina the previous offseason. However, his transition didn't go as planned, and he was relegated to a backup role behind Chuba Hubbard over the second half of the season. Sanders rushed for 432 yards and a touchdown while catching 27 passes for 154 yards over 16 games in 2023. This drastic change in his status raises the question of Sanders reclaiming his fantasy relevance. Sanders' efficiency (3.35 yards per carry in 2023 and one touchdown) was poor, and his volume did not do him any favors (only 129 rush attempts in 16 games). It's fair to say that the season was a disaster for him and the Panthers. With the return of Hubbard and the arrival of Texas rookie RB Jonathon Brooks (drafted in the second, 46th overall), the competition for Sanders looks even bleaker. The fact that they used such a high draft pick on Brooks further clouds Sanders' outlook. His days as a lead back seem over in Carolina. Sanders has a current ADP of RB90 but a RotoBaller RB ranking of 59, making him a dart throw in the best ball and deep leagues.

A former Pro Bowl player, Miles Sanders was a significant free-agent acquisition for the Carolina Panthers last season. The former Philadelphia Eagles signed a four-year, $25.4 million contract with Carolina the previous offseason. However, his transition didn't go as planned, and he was relegated to a backup role behind Chuba Hubbard over the second half of the season. Sanders rushed for 432 yards and a touchdown while catching 27 passes for 154 yards over 16 games in 2023. This drastic change in his status raises the question of Sanders reclaiming his fantasy relevance. Sanders' efficiency (3.35 yards per carry in 2023 and one touchdown) was poor, and his volume did not do him any favors (only 129 rush attempts in 16 games). It's fair to say that the season was a disaster for him and the Panthers. With the return of Hubbard and the arrival of Texas rookie RB Jonathon Brooks (drafted in the second, 46th overall), the competition for Sanders looks even bleaker. The fact that they used such a high draft pick on Brooks further clouds Sanders' outlook. His days as a lead back seem over in Carolina. Sanders has a current ADP of RB90 but a RotoBaller RB ranking of 59, making him a dart throw in the best ball and deep leagues.

Fantasy WeekPts
Scoring
Week 112.80Miles Sanders 72 rushing yds (7.20 pts)
Miles Sanders 26 receiving yds (2.60 pts)
Miles Sanders 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Miles Sanders 4 receptions (4.00 pts)
Week 27.70Miles Sanders 43 rushing yds (4.30 pts)
Miles Sanders 4 receiving yds (0.40 pts)
Miles Sanders 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Week 317.20Miles Sanders 24 rushing yds (2.40 pts)
Miles Sanders 38 receiving yds (3.80 pts)
Miles Sanders 1 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Miles Sanders 5 receptions (5.00 pts)
Week 46.20Miles Sanders 19 rushing yds (1.90 pts)
Miles Sanders 13 receiving yds (1.30 pts)
Miles Sanders 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Week 52.20Miles Sanders 32 rushing yds (3.20 pts)
Miles Sanders 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Week 60.00
Week 7
Week 80.00
Week 99.10Miles Sanders 39 rushing yds (3.90 pts)
Miles Sanders 22 receiving yds (2.20 pts)
Miles Sanders 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Week 103.50Miles Sanders 15 receiving yds (1.50 pts)
Miles Sanders 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 116.20Miles Sanders 50 rushing yds (5.00 pts)
Miles Sanders 2 receiving yds (0.20 pts)
Miles Sanders 1 reception (1.00 pts)
Week 122.80Miles Sanders 28 rushing yds (2.80 pts)
Week 133.90Miles Sanders 23 rushing yds (2.30 pts)
Miles Sanders 6 receiving yds (0.60 pts)
Miles Sanders 1 reception (1.00 pts)
Week 147.40Miles Sanders 74 rushing yds (7.40 pts)
Playoff Week 13.30Miles Sanders 2 rushing yds (0.20 pts)
Miles Sanders 11 receiving yds (1.10 pts)
Miles Sanders 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Playoff Week 21.80Miles Sanders 3 rushing yds (0.30 pts)
Miles Sanders 5 receiving yds (0.50 pts)
Miles Sanders 1 reception (1.00 pts)
Playoff Week 34.20Miles Sanders 10 rushing yds (1.00 pts)
Miles Sanders 12 receiving yds (1.20 pts)
Miles Sanders 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Player Notes
Jun 5 11:00am ET

Carolina Panthers running back Miles Sanders (heel) did not practice on Tuesday due to a heel injury. The 27-year-old had a flare-up and is being held out as a precaution, according to head coach Dave Canales. While he's expected to be fine, missing practice time is not ideal after the team selected Jonathon Brooks (knee) in the second round of the 2024 NFL Draft. Sanders is coming off his worst season as a pro. He accounted for just 432 rushing yards and one touchdown while averaging an abysmal 3.3 yards per carry. Chuba Hubbard outperformed him last year, and Brooks is likely to be heavily involved in the Carolina rushing attack when he's fully healthy. It would be a surprise if Sanders becomes anything close to a weekly contributor to fantasy squads this season.

From RotoBaller

May 17 2:00pm ET

The Carolina Panthers were saying there was still room for running back Miles Sanders in the RB room after trading up in the second round of last month's NFL draft to take Jonathon Brooks as the first RB off the board. But that was before the team signed former Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny, who was with Panthers head coach Dave Canales in Seattle. Sanders lost the starting job to Chuba Hubbard last year amid the worst season of his career. It's hard to envision another team wanting to trade for Sanders and his contract, although the Panthers showed this offseason that they're willing to eat money to move on from underperforming players. The 27-year-old Sanders is now listed as third on the team's RB depth chart behind Hubbard and Brooks, making him undraftable in standard 12-team leagues this fall.

From RotoBaller

Jan 7 5:40pm ET

Carolina Panthers running back Miles Sanders carried the ball three times for 18 yards and was not targeted in a 9-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 18. It marks a fitting end for a disappointing season for Sanders, who was signed to a four-year, $25.4 million contract last offseason but lost his job to Chuba Hubbard halfway through the year. He has a dead cap value of $11 million so he's likely to be back with the Panthers in 2024, although in what capacity remains to be seen.

From RotoBaller

Jan 6 8:00am ET

Carolina Panthers running back Miles Sanders gained just 10 yards on two carries in a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 17. He will finish off a disappointing first season with the Panthers in a home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 18. The Bucs have been excellent against the run this season as they are allowing the third-fewest fantasy points per game to the position thus far. Sanders has only been seeing a handful of carries per game of late and is not someone to consider for Week 18 lineups.

From RotoBaller

Jan 4 2:40pm ET

Carolina Panthers running back Miles Sanders (illness) missed Wednesday's practice due to an illness but was able to practice in full on Thursday. Signed in the offseason to a four-year, $25.4 million contract, Sanders has been operating as the backup to Chuba Hubbard since the Panthers returned from their Week 7 bye. On the season, Sanders has had just two games where he logged double-digit points in PPR settings. With one week left to play the 26-year-old has 568 scrimmage yards and one touchdown. His disappointing season will end in Week 18's matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he will once again be a non-factor in fantasy.

From RotoBaller

Jan 3 2:50pm ET

Carolina Panthers running back Miles Sanders (illness) did not practice on Wednesday due to an illness. The 26-year-old was listed with a toe injury last week but practiced in full and played against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 17. Heading into the Week 18 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he could be at risk of missing the NFC South contest. While the Panthers have nothing left to play for this season, they are looking to upset the Buccaneers and keep them out of the playoffs. However, Sanders is far from the fantasy radar based on his body of work this season. Chuba Hubbard has more rushing yards, yards per carry, rushing touchdowns, receptions, receiving yards, and fantasy points than Sanders, who was expected to be the lead back heading into 2023.

From RotoBaller

Dec 30 7:20am ET

Carolina Panthers running back Miles Sanders gained just three yards on three carries in last week's loss to the Green Bay Packers. He popped up on the injury report with a toe issue this week but was able to practice fully all week and is listed without an injury designation heading into a Week 17 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars have been decent against running backs in 2023 as they allow the 15th-most fantasy points per game to the position. Sanders lost the starting role to Chuba Hubbard several weeks ago and has only been seeing a handful of touches over the past few weeks. He is not a recommended fantasy option in Week 17.

From RotoBaller

Dec 24 4:40pm ET

Carolina Panthers running back Miles Sanders carried the ball three times for three yards and added a five-yard catch in a 33-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 16. Sanders continues to be an afterthought in the Carolina offense as starter Chuba Hubbard garnered 16 carries in the high-scoring contest. To add insult to injury, Sanders apparently injured his toe late in the contest and missed the end of the game. As the fantasy championship round approaches next week, Sanders is safe to send to waivers if he isn't there already.

From RotoBaller

Dec 23 6:40am ET

Carolina Panthers running back Miles Sanders gained just two yards on six carries in a Week 15 win over the Atlanta Falcons. The veteran running back has now been held to 28 or fewer rushing yards in three of his past four contests. Sanders will look to bounce back against the Green Bay Packers at home in Week 16. The Packers have been a plus matchup for running backs in 2023 as they are allowing the ninth-most fantasy points per game to the position. Sanders has lost the starting role to Chuba Hubbard and should not be under consideration for fantasy lineups heading into the playoff semifinals.

From RotoBaller

Dec 17 4:40pm ET

Carolina Panthers running back Miles Sanders carried the ball six times for two yards and added two receptions for 11 yards in a 9-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15. Sanders was bottled up all afternoon and saw Chuba Hubbard dominate the backfield work with 22 carries and two receptions. The Panthers appear content to use Sanders as a breather back moving forward, despite the large contract he signed with the team last offseason. Sanders will not be a recommended fantasy option heading into Week 16 against the Green Bay Packers.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 15-Mar-2023: Miles Sanders - SGN - The Carolina Panthers signed RB Miles Sanders.
  • 13-Mar-2023: Miles Sanders - FA - RB Miles Sanders declared free agency.
  • 29-Oct-2021: PHI Miles Sanders - On IR - ankle
  • 09-May-2019: PHI - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (through 2022)
NFL Week
OppPtsRush
Att
Rush
Yds
Rush
TDs
100
Yds
RecRec
Yds
Rec
TDs
Rec
Tgt
Fum
Lost
2023 Season90.1012943210271540412
Week 1@ATL12.80187200426061
Week 2NO7.7014430034050
Week 3@SEA17.2092410538090
Week 4MIN6.20131900313030
Week 5@DET2.207320000011
Week 6@MIA0.00000000000
Week 7bye
Week 8HOU0.00200000000
Week 9IND9.1063900322050
Week 10@CHI3.502-500215020
Week 11DAL6.2011500012010
Week 12@TEN2.8015280000010
Week 13@TB3.908230016020
Week 14@NO7.4010740000000
Week 15ATL3.306200211020
Week 16GB1.80330015020
Week 17@JAX4.2021000212020
Week 18TB1.803180000000