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After the Eagles traded a 6th round pick for Jordan Howard, we assumed he would be the lead back for them going into 2019. The lead back on the Eagles hasn’t necessarily panned out for fantasy purposes since Doug Peterson took over.

It didn’t work out with Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement, Josh Adams, LeGarrette Blount, or Jay Ajayi from a fantasy perspective.

Would it have worked out with Jordan Howard? Maybe, but we do know that Howard isn’t the best pass-catcher, so when he’s in the game teams know what the Eagles will likely do. They had a similar role carved out of necessity for Blount and Ajayi – two guys whose pass-catching isn’t their strong suit.

With 2nd round pick Miles Sanders, at least, you have a guy who can do everything. He can run, catch, and pass protect. He’s probably the most versatile + talented RB they’ve had in that backfield since Pederson took over. Every other RB they had either wasn’t talented enough in the run game or not versatile enough to handle pass-catching.

The potential fantasy vulnerabilities in this backfield is the fact that Pederson has used a legit committee approach during his tenure, and that he won’t be afraid of starting Sanders slow like he did when they traded or Jay Ajayi. That trade was during the middle of the season, so Ajayi didn’t have a camp like Sanders will have, but it’s still worth noting.

We will see a timeshare in the beginning of the year (hopefully not more than Sanders and Howard), with a chance of Sanders getting a bigger role and becoming the guy to have in that backfield because of the versatility. His current PPR ADP of the end of the 6th provides enough cushion to chase the upside of him getting 15-18 touches per game. If you end up going WR heavy early, he might be a guy you want to target.

Is the backfield too crowded for you to invest, or can you see Sanders being a guy who can be a weekly starter at some point this season?