Miles Sanders
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Stay Away From Miles Sanders In 2021 Fantasy Football

Miles Sanders will be entering his third season with the Philadelphia Eagles this year. After a productive career at Penn State behind Saquon Barkley, Sanders has been an “ok” running back in the NFL. Although he had a solid 2020 season, I think he is going to regress in 2021 fantasy.

His 2020 season was disappointing in terms of fantasy production. Although he missed four games, fantasy owners had high hopes for Sanders now that Jordan Howard was gone. However, he finished ranked as the 23rd running back in PPR-leagues averaging 14.2 points per game. Sanders rushed for 867 yards and six touchdowns and added 28 receptions with 197 receiving yards.

A couple of reasons I think Sanders will take a step back starts with the head coach. I don’t trust Nick Sirianni and this new coaching staff. In two years as the OC with Indianapolis, they had the 5th highest rush rate in 2019 and the 23rd in 2018 with one of the league’s best offensive lines. The man also said he played rock, paper, scissors with potential draft picks. That might be something you keep to yourself. The Eagles’ offensive line has some well-known names, but Jason Kelce is old and Brandon Brooks is coming off a serious injury in 2020. Lane Johnson had a down season but should bounce back in 2021.

2021 is a tryout for Jalen Hurts. I don’t think this Eagles team is going to be very good and will be battling for a top pick in the 2021 draft. This coaching staff needs to find out what they have in Hurts. He showed some flashes in 2020 but can he put it all together this season and show he belongs in this league. They drafted DeVonta Smith and Jalen Reagor two years ago, meaning that they are going to throw the ball. The Eagles are also going to be trailing in a majority of their games, forcing this offense to air the ball out, taking rushing attempts from Sanders.

They also signed Kerryon Johnson from the Lions, who is only 24 years old, and they drafted Kenneth Gainwell out of Memphis, who I really liked coming out of college. Don’t get me wrong, Sanders is the lead back on this team, but if I were a betting man, Johnson and Gainwell are going to get carries. Others at Vendetta have shared my distaste for Miles Sanders.

If you’re drafting Sanders as one of your two starting running backs, have fun with him severely underperforming. Sanders has more value at FLEX, but I just do not see him consistently producing week to week. Draft someone else!

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