Philadelphia Eagles RB Mile Sanders is an all-purpose threat, something no fantasy owner dislikes
Running backs in the NFL don’t possess the same cachet they had 20 or 30 years ago. Gone are the times when teams would make a half-back the focal point of an offense. By the same token, we rarely see teams invest high draft choices in the position. Having said that, tailbacks still play vital roles in a team’s offense, and those that can run the ball efficiently and catch the ball out of the backfield are some of the most coveted commodities an organization can have.
Eagles fans and fans all over the NFL are well aware that there’s one such tailback who plays in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’.
Miles Sanders will be key for the Eagles in 2020, and he should shake up a few Fantasy football leagues in the process. In 2019, he led all rookie running backs with 1,641 all-purpose yards, which also set a franchise record for the most all-purpose yards by a rookie. Giving him a heavy workload may be unsustainable. That’s been the topic of debate, but he’s sure to have an important role in the team’s offense. Knowing that he averaged more than ten yards per reception last season only enhances his value as an offensive weapon in the passing game.
Sanders had 229 touches on offense last season and 14 returns, which is a rather “light” load for a running back, but he was sharing the backfield with Jordan Howard first and then Boston Scott later. He shouldn’t have any issues with getting somewhere around 250 or 260 touches this season, which would translate to one or two more opportunities per game.
Philly’s sophomore running back should pick up where he left off his rookie season and have a meaningful role on offense in 2020. Fantasy football-wise, he’ll be gone early in almost everyone’s draft. It would be a good idea to target him early because this Penn State product won’t last long.