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What to do with Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders in Week 8 fantasy football

The Eagles face a tough test in Week 8 when they travel to face the Bills. We break down the fantasy football start/sit considerations for running backs Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders.

Miles Sanders of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with Jordan Howard after catching a 32 yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 13, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles are struggling right now, having lost two straight to drop to 3-4. They enter Week 8 facing a matchup that is a little more difficult than they might have expected back in April when the schedule was released. The Buffalo Bills are 5-1 and have given up the third fewest points in the league. They rank 12th overall in defensive efficiency, although their rushing defense ranks 23rd in efficiency.

The Eagles offense has been inconsistent of late, and the ground game has been up and down. Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders are splitting carries, while Sanders has been the more active back in the passing game. On the season, Howard has 347 rushing yards at 4.5 yards per carry and 53 receiving yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Sanders has 220 rushing yards and a touchdown at 3.5 yards per carry and 230 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Fantasy football analysis, Eagles RBs Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders

The Bills are not great in run defensive efficiency, but they are also only giving up the 11th fewest fantasy points to running backs. Efficiency measures how the yards are acquired and how they contribute to winning, while fantasy points is simply a matter of volume. Howard and Sanders could get a long look most of the game given the Eagles own struggles with a consistent passing game.

Sanders remains a decent flex option in PPR leagues, but should be avoided in standard leagues. The yardage totals and end zone opportunities are going to be limited. Howard is not a great option for standard leagues, so you’re best suited looking for some other options if at all possible.

Start/Sit Recommendation

Jordan Howard: Sit in standard
Miles Sanders: Flex start in PPR, sit in standard