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What to do with Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard in Week 9 fantasy football

Miles Sanders keeps breaking off huge plays, but is that enough to be considered viable in Week 9?

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders runs with the ball on his way for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the third quarter at New Era Field. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Miles Sanders’ fantasy value has to be one of the most frustrating aspects of the past few weeks. From one angle, he’s doing all you could possibly ask. The second-round pick has been arguably the most explosive running back in all of football, leading his position in PPR points per touch going back to the beginning of Week 5 (1.64). These are the types of things that can occur when a player is averaging a massive 5.5 yards per carry and an even more efficient 13.6 yards per target across a four-game stretch.

However, to play devil’s advocate, its far easier to sustain that level of per touch productivity when you’re just not seeing the ball all that much. Sanders’ rushing attempts have been in steady decline since garnering double-digit carries in each of the Eagles’ first four contests of 2019 and, while he’s seemingly managed a huge play in the passing attack every week, he’s only mustered nine total targets the past three matchups. Heck, the rookie may have scored an impressive 22.8 PPR points in Philadelphia’s commanding win over Buffalo last Sunday, but he did so seeing the field for a microscopic 13 offensive snaps. Efficiency is fantastic, yet, in Fantasy Football, volume always wins out. Regression has to be on the horizon.

Fantasy Football Analysis, Philadelphia Eagles RBs Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard

Between these two backs, Jordan Howard remains the more reliable of the duo. He’s almost non-existent in the passing game, but, as a home favorite, I feel confident that he’ll get his 15-plus carries and a few cracks at the goal line. It also has to be mentioned that the Bears’ run defense has been pretty awful the past few weeks. In fact, they’ve allowed two 100-yard rushers and six rushing touchdowns in their last three matchups. Sanders might break off a big play before the contest concludes; however, that doesn’t make him anything more than a low-end FLEX option.

Start/Sit Recommendation

Sit Sanders. Start Howard.