Miles Sanders: Trust or Bust

Imran Khan
Miles Sanders
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Last year, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Miles Sanders in the second round of the NFL draft. Coincidentally, this is the same round where I believe you should be taking him this year in your fantasy draft. He had big shoes to fill in college when he took over as Penn State’s running back after Saquon Barkley had finished his electrifying career. Sanders is explosive, elusive, and productive, all traits that made Barkley famous in college.

Miles Sanders Is All Alone In The Backfield

Miles Sanders had an impressive rookie season while sharing the backfield with Jordan Howard in Philadelphia. Sanders had over 800 yards rushing and averaged an impressive 4.6 yards a carry. He also showed off his dual-threat ability with 50 catches averaging 10 yards a catch. Sanders amassed all of those impressive numbers while sharing touches.

The Eagles invested only a sixth-round pick in Howard, while they invested a second-round pick in Sanders. As 2019 wore on, it was evident that Sanders had taken over the backfield. When Howard was acquired from Chicago, he was in the last year of his rookie deal. The Eagles felt comfortable in letting Howard walk this off-season and turning over the backfield to Sanders.

Eagles Are Loaded With Weapons

Sanders has explosive speed, elusiveness and has already proved to be a weapon out of the backfield so he will score for your team a multitude of ways. Miles Sanders is someone I would target with one of my picks in the second round. I think the addition of the first-round pick Jalen Reagor will also help Sanders in 2020. Reagor ran a blazing 4.22 and 4.28 on his 40-yard dash at his pro day. That speed will hinder opposing defenses from stacking the box with eight men as they will need to keep a safety over the top. A receiving core of Alshon Jeffrey, DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert is extremely formidable.  This receiving unit will have Miles Sanders running into favorable defensive fronts this season.

I think Sanders showed a lot of promise and production in his rookie season while sharing the load. With Howard now gone and Sanders having an NFL season of experience under his belt, I expect big things from Sanders in 2020. The Eagles have a lot of weapons on offense which will take the pressure off of Sanders and restrict defenses from stacking the box against him. Expect Sanders to flirt with 1100-1200 rushing yards and potentially 60 catches, which will be huge in PPR leagues.

Prediction: Trust

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