1Streaming RB if he keeps leading the backfield in targets
Somehow last year, rookie Kenneth Gainwell scored more fantasy points — and averaged more fantasy points per game — than No. 1 RB Miles Sanders. As a situational contributor, Gainwell might be overlooked. But the key is that he led all Eagles RBs in targets. If he can once again serve as Jalen Hurts’ primary backfield target, Gainwell can push his ceiling into the top 35.
2Was his late-season usage drop in 2021 a sign of things to come?
Gainwell played on 23% or more of his team’s offensive snaps in his first eight games. But he topped that percentage only three times in his final eight games, coinciding with a workload reduction. Only 43% of his touches came in those final eight contests, with a large proportion of those touches coming in a meaningless Week 18 matchup. To what extent did the Eagles sour on Gainwell, and could this diminishment in usage carry over into 2022?
3Boston Scott and Kennedy Brooks loom
Speaking of which, Gainwell’s decline overlapped with the rise of Jordan Howard and Boston Scott. Scott remains entrenched in this backfield. He, and to a lesser extent rookie Kennedy Brooks, are the biggest potential impediments to Gainwell becoming a weekly fantasy contributor.