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Miles Sanders shines in our 2020 fantasy football projections

Under head coach Doug Pederson, the Philadelphia Eagles have proven to be a potent offense for fantasy football purposes. This year’s offensive roster looks incomplete on paper given the state of the wide receiver depth chart, but there’s still a lot of intriguing fantasy pieces in Philly. Let’s take a look at what our initial 2020 fantasy football projections have to say about the Eagles.

Miles Sanders didn’t get off to the best start last season, as the Penn State product ranked just 26th among running backs in PPR scoring over the first eight weeks of the season. But Philly increased his volume from that point forward as Jordan Howard was phased out of the offense. Between Weeks 9 and 16, Sanders ranked 8th at the position, outscoring the likes of Alvin Kamara, Aaron Jones, Joe Mixon and Nick Chubb over that span. 

Our numbers like Sanders to continue along this track and have him projected as a top-12 option. While we aren’t quite as bullish in our 2020 fantasy football rankings, there’s no denying the fact that Sanders is in a prime spot to produce with very little competition for touches in the Philly backfield. It’s unlikely that he’ll last past the mid-third round in 2020 fantasy football drafts.

The projections also bode well for Carson Wentz. While the young signal-caller wasn’t able to recapture his fantasy magic of 2017, Wentz did finish as the No. 9 fantasy quarterback last year. That’s quite an accomplishment considering the overall state of the Eagles wide receiver corps for most of the year. As of now, Philly hasn’t done anything to upgrade that group, but there are expectations that the Eagles will do so in the draft. Even without weapons, Wentz is shaping up to be a fringe-QB1, which is exactly where he’s going in current ADP as QB13.

While Philly’s wide receiver cupboard is currently fairly empty, the Eagles do boast the league’s best tight end duo in Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Ertz was once a top-tier fantasy option, but his value has taken a slight hit with Goedert’s emergence. That being said, Ertz still projects to see a healthy 125 targets and finish as the No. 4 tight end. The numbers aren’t quite as bullish on Goedert, but he does slide in as a potential late-round option. Goedert also has the extremely rare tight end handcuff value. If Ertz were to go down with injury, Goedert would be an instant elite fantasy option.

[Find the full collection of analysis and insights on PFF's 2020 fantasy football projections for all 32 NFL teams.]

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