1What is his realistic workload?
How much will the Eagles commit to Miles Sanders as he enters the final year of his rookie contract? It’s a monster question for any starting RB, and especially for someone who’s earned 20+ carries only three times in three seasons (only 13.6 touches per contest last year).
2More goal-line looks?
Last year, Sanders had zero touchdowns despite earning 10 touches inside the opposing 10-yard line. In fact, he had six touches inside the 5-yard line, including two from one yard out. Jalen Hurts, Boston Scott, Jordan Howard, and Kenneth Gainwell combined for 25 rushing TDs. The oddity of this disparity cannot be overstated. Sanders is very likely to rebound near the goal line this year. His value as a potential weekly fantasy asset depends on it.
3A history of fourth-quarter phase-outs
In each of his three NFL campaigns, Sanders has earned his fewest touches in fourth quarters, totaling less than 19% of his workload. In a relatively crowded backfield that includes a potentially ascending Gainwell — along with a much-improved passing attack — Sanders’ floor will remain quite low for an RB1 unless he’s more involved later in games, including as a primary short-yardage target in catch-up mode, when fantasy RBs can turn middling performances into very good ones.