The Philadelphia Eagles travel to face the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7 with a whole lot on the line. The two teams are 3-3 and tied atop the NFC East. The winner takes control of the division for the time being, and potentially snaps some recent struggles.
The Eagles will be without wide receiver DeSean Jackson once again and will likely lean on their running backs. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and tight end Zach Ertz will be plenty busy, but the Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders offer some versatility that could get the offense going.
A week ago, the Eagles were thumped in Minnesota. Howard struggled to 49 yards on 13 carries. Sanders only had six yards on three carries, but led the team with 86 receiving yards and a touchdown on three receptions.
Fantasy football analysis, Eagles RBs Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders
The Cowboys have given up the 12th most fantasy points to running backs and rank 19th in run defense efficiency. Howard is still riding on the reputation of his monster three touchdown performance against the Packers in Week 4. He had a touchdown the week before and a touchdown and 62 yards the week after, but that might have been a peak for the time being. And with this matchup and then traveling to Buffalo, it actually could turn into a buy low opportunity on him. He’s a decent standard option this week against Dallas, but not great.
Sanders hasn’t been great, but his floor has been a bit higher. He’s starting to feature more in the passing game, with seven receptions on eight targets the past two weeks. He’s more valuable in PPR leagues, but even there it’s as a flex play.
Jordan Howard: Flex start in standard leagues
Miles Sanders: Flex start in PPR leagues