Six members of the RotoHeat team came together to answer on the biggest questions of the offseason: Buy/Sell: Miles Sanders is a Top 10 RB in 2020. We bought or sold 13 separate takes and are releasing one per day. We submitted our answers individually so we were not influenced by others’ opinions. Please comment on your takes below, we would love to hear your opinions. (All questions are based on ppr formats)
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Buy/Sell: Miles Sanders is a Top 10 RB in 2020
Rob Sullivan: SELL
Miles Sanders finished his rookie season with 818 rushing yards, 50 receptions, 509 receiving yards and 6 total touchdowns. As a result, he ended with 210.60 PPR fantasy points and a RB13 finish. Sanders shared the work in Philly last season with Jordan Howard for the first 10 weeks and Boston Scott once Howard was injured. Doug Pederson, the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, is known for a committee style of attack at the running back position.
That likely does not change in 2020, even with the certain departure of Jordan Howard. Sanders’ 229 touches last season are the most any running back has had for the Eagles under Pederson, and I would expect him to lead the Eagles again in 2020. Those 229 touches ranked 21st in 2019. Sanders averaged 10.9 touches in the weeks that Howard was healthy and 18.7 in the weeks he was not. Howard likely leaves town as noted, but they will add a back of significance as well. Sanders is the back to own in Philadelphia without question, but he is not a top 10 RB.
Rick Butts: SELL
SELL. There are two things that I am not sure of that lead me to sell this. First, can Sanders keep from getting banged up? Second, will the Eagles give him enough of the workload to get there? Let’s not forget that Boston Scott was getting touches at the end of the season.
Taylor Cornell: SELL
On average, a top-10 RB in 2019 had 308 total touches. In 2018, it was 291 total touches. Miles Sanders had 229 as a rookie, which leaves him a solid 60-70 touches short of what is typically needed to obtain top-10 fantasy status. Sanders was averaging 11 touches a game with Jordan Howard healthy, which extrapolates to ~176 for a season.
I get that he performed well and saw more touches down the stretch of his rookie season, but Pederson has shown an affection for a committee approach at RB (heck, Boston Scott averaged 17 touches a game the last four weeks of the season), and once there are other healthy options back there, Sanders will resume time-share duties.
Sean Coffey: BUY
Miles Sanders finished last year as the 15th overall running back in 2019, which was done while sharing the load with Jordan Howard. Seeing more targets in the passing game and touches in the running game should only help him improve.
Craig Bullock: BUY
Full disclosure, I am not a Sanders truther. His injuries late in the season coupled with Doug Pederson’s love of the committee make me worry. Despite those worries, I am still buying this take because I don’t think there are 10 other backs who are both more talented and in better situations than Sanders.
Mike Altman: BUY
Miles Sanders was RB3 for the 7 weeks Jordan Howard dealt with his shoulder injury. All the sellers of Sanders only have one argument– the Eagles and Doug Peterson love to have a RBBC. I agree, they do, and Doug Pederson loved it since his days as an OC for the Chiefs, but he has never had a back as talented as Sanders.
The Eagles have to realize they are a more effective team with Sanders in the back field. Even if Pederson isn’t smart enough, Miles’ pass catching and positive TD regression will plant him inside the top 10.
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