Fantasy Football: Miles Sanders Hype Train Leaving the Station

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After a stellar rookie season that included a Top 10 finish at the running back position in the second half of the year, fantasy football players are infatuated with Eagles running back Miles Sanders. From Weeks 8-17 the Philly running back averaged 5.2 yards per attempt and compiled 877 total yards during that span. The second-year playmaker currently has an Average Draft Position of 23 and is the 11th running back coming off the board. EagleMaven Ed Kracz and Sports Illustrated’s fantasy analyst Corey Parson joined Kaitlin O’Toole to discuss Sander’s fantasy football value in 2020.

Read the full transcript from the interview:

Kaitlin O'Toole: Sports Illustrated is taking you inside the world of fantasy sports. Joining me now is Eagles Maven Ed Kracz and SI Fantasy and gambling analyst Corey Parsons. Ed, let's talk about Miles Sanders, will he be the Eagles lead back or will they use a committee approach this season? 

Ed Kracz: Well, Doug Pederson likes the committee approach. In fact, he has not had a running back since he got to Philadelphia in 2016 that had a thousand yards season. Sanders came close last year with eight hundred and eighteen yards as a rookie, but he does like that committee approach. But right now, that approach could be hampered by the fact that there's not a lot of depth at that position behind Sanders. Boston Scott is a good change of pace guy. But Sanders will be the lead back. But I have it on good authority that the Eagles are looking to sign one of three players veteran running backs either LeSean McCoy, who was the last Eagle to go over a thousand yards in a single season. And that was 2014. Carlos Hyde is another one is as is Davonta Freeman. So if that were to happen and I suspect it probably will, then Sanders just touches could go down a bit. But right now he's clearly the number one option at running back on this team. And I still think even if they bring somebody in, he's going over a thousand yards this year.

Kaitlin O'Toole: OK, so Corey Ed said his touches might be limited, it's up in the air. So with that being known, is he worth a first-round fantasy draft pick?

Corey Parson: Listen, he's a very talented young player, and we saw him really come on down the stretch last year, especially if you're in a PPR league. His ability to catch the full body in the backfield is very enticing. But right now, in some early draft, he's going in about the tenth pick up the first round. And I think that's a little bit high for a guy who could be a part of a committee. As mentioned, we've heard the Dovanta Freeman's name floated out there, as well as LeSean McCoy, Boston Scott on that roster. So Philadelphia said they want to start to use him a little bit more like Carolina uses McCaffrey So that makes him very attractive. But I think in the first round, like guys like Nick Chubb, Aaron Jones, and even Josh Jacobs, a little bit more not like Miles Sanders icepick a big season percentage, but I do not want to overrate him.

Kaitlin O'Toole: All right, guys, thank you so much for your insight on this. I appreciate it. For the latest fantasy and gambling analysis, stay with