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Miles Sanders Fantasy Outlook | Running Back Rankings

Written by Christian Skutevik

Surprising Rookie

In a Draft class full of talents like Kyler Murray, AJ Brown, and Josh Jacobs it comes as no surprise he wasn't exactly hyped headed into and throughout the season. Additionally, Sanders had a slow start which didn't help people's perception of him. However, he did finish the year on an absolute tear. After all, the most important thing for a rookie is development, and by the end of the season, Sanders had developed into a reliable fantasy starter. While he ended the year respectably 15th in PPR and 16th in standard league scoring, in the last 5 games of the season he was 6th among running backs in fantasy points behind only McCaffrey, Barkley, Elliott, Drake, and Mixon.


Multi-Threat Weapon

He wasn't good at just finishing the season strong, he finished every run as strong as any back I watched last year. I was shocked to find he was 11th in average yards after contact, right up there with physical backs like Derrick Henry, Nick Chubb, Chris Carson, and Josh Jacobs. Unlike those other backs, Sanders is capable of exploding in the passing game. By the conclusion of his rookie year Sanders was; Top 12 in receptions, yards, average depth of target, yards per target, and yards per catch. He was top 7 in red zone Targets, catches, and red-zone receiving touchdowns. His 50 receptions were the 10th most among rookie running backs ever.



Decision

Miles Sanders is extremely talented but the biggest reason I like his fantasy value is his situation. The Eagles offensive line lead the NFL in run block rating and paved the way for the ground game. Head coach Doug Pederson leaned on their rushing attack to set up passing game success. Carson Wentz had the 2nd most play-action passing yards last year with over 1,000 passing yards just on play-action passes alone. Now, we get to see Sanders' physicality and versatility in full swing for an entire season!

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