Miles Sanders was supposed to be the next big thing at running back for the Philadelphia Eagles. Instead, he’s struggled with injuries and production to the point to where the Eagles still have more questions than answers at the position.
Last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miles Sanders had his best game of the season, rushing for 80 yards on only 11 carries and scoring twice. He also added another two catches off four targets for another 19 yards. But two weeks ago, Sanders rushed for only 46 yards on 13 carries without a score.
Hopefully for Miles Sanders and his fantasy owners, he will be able to continue his momentum against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6. Can he have another big game?
Fantasy Football analysis: Eagles RBs Miles Sanders, Boston Scott
Spoiler alert: It will be difficult.
The Baltimore Ravens have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs in 2020, and that’s considering they have played the like of Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Joe Mixon, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, and Duke and David Johnson. This week, the Ravens will face a Eagles offense that generally likes to air the ball down field, but considering the struggles of quarterback Carson Wentz, the team might need to shift its focus to the running game.
After receiving 9 carries in the Eagles’ first game against Washington, Boston Scott has only totaled 10 carries in the next five games combined - with only a single carry last week against the Steelers. Sanders too, though, has seen his number of rushing attempts drop each week, as he went from 18 carries against the Bengals to only 11 carries against the Steelers. Some of that was the game script, but it’s also been continued attempts to allow Carson Wentz to regain his confidence.
At a certain point, the Eagles just need to accept the type of quarterback Wentz appears to be, and run the ball up the gut with Miles Sanders.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Sanders. Sit Scott.