Game day update: After a poor performance last week against the Seahawks, Miles Sanders is looking to rebound on Sunday in Green Bay. The second-year running back was supposed to be a breakout player in fantasy football this season, but for some reason he hasn’t received a ton of carries.
Sanders has not had at least 20 carries in a game since Week 2 against the Los Angeles Rams. Boston Scott is the team’s change of pace running back and can be effective in spurts. This season, the Packers’ defense is allowing opposing running backs to score 24 points per game. But they haven’t gave up a rushing score since Week 9 to the Niners. ESPN projects Sanders, Scott to score 11.2 and 3.3 fantasy points.
After two weeks of leading the Eagles’ backfield, running back Miles Sanders watched Boston Scott eat into his touches last week against the Seahawks. Sanders finished the game with six carries for 15 yards and two catches for seven yards. Scott had seven yards on two carries, but caught five passes for 40 yards. Fluke or trend? I’m betting on more of the former as the Eagles take on the Packers this week, a team with one of the weaker run defenses in the league.
Fantasy Football analysis: Eagles RBs Miles Sanders, Boston Scott
Prior to last week’s game, Sanders had a big edge in touches, 31 versus just eight for Scott in their last two. However, the later did manage to find the end zone in Week 10 for his only rushing score of the season.
The numbers last week are more consistent with what most teams are doing against the Seahawks, scaling their run game to pass against a generous secondary (though why you’d do that with Carson Wentz under center is up for some debate).
I feel confident going back to Sanders as an RB2 this week. Opposing running backs are averaging more than 100 rushing yards and almost 55 passing yards per game against Green Bay. Even in the handful of games where an individual running back didn’t have more than 100 total yards, they still managed to find the end zone. Scott makes a decent flex play this week too, as he seems to be the preferred pass catching option out of the backfield.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Miles Sanders at RB2 and Boston Scott RB3 or Flex.