Is Boston Scott Viable With Miles Sanders Sidelined? (2020 Fantasy Football)
The Philadelphia Eagles have suffered a ton of offensive injuries thus far. They’ve lost their RB1 (Miles Sanders), WR1 (Alshon Jeffery), WR3 (Jalen Reagor), TE1 (Zach Ertz), and TE2 (Dallas Goedert) — and that’s not counting the injuries to their linemen.
Sanders’ injury will open up opportunities elsewhere in the backfield. He’s expected to miss at least one game, so Boston Scott should see most of the workload.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 19, 2020
But will he be a viable option in fantasy? I think so, but he’s not the next big thing. He’s a low-end RB2/flex at best in Week 7.
The New Orleans Saints took Scott in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. But when the Saints moved him to their practice squad, the Eagles pounced and added him to their active roster.
At five-foot-six and 203 pounds, Scott is a short and stocky running back. His small size helps him athletically, though; he has a 91st-percentile 40-yard dash time, 83rd percentile burst, and 97th-percentile agility. He has rightly earned comparisons to Darren Sproles.
Scott famously kept the Eagles’ playoff hopes alive last season with a three-touchdown performance.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 30, 2019
However, Scott has disappointed so far this season. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson spent a good chunk of the offseason hyping him up — he told reporters that Sanders would get more involved in the passing game. But Scott has only gotten 10 targets so far, and he wasn’t targeted in the two games before Sanders’ injury.
Scott has totaled just 115 yards on 28 touches, which is good for 4.10 yards per touch. That’s a lot less than what Sanders (6.32) has done, but it’s a good bit better than Corey Clement (2.46).
State of the Offense
I will be blunt: the Eagles have not looked good. Carson Wentz is turning the ball over almost twice per game, and he’s already taken 25 sacks. Miles Sanders hasn’t been effective aside from a few huge rushing plays. And Philadelphia’s receivers are dropping tons of passes.
Entering Week 6, Philadelphia’s offensive line ranked 27th in run blocking, as they were generating just 3.85 adjusted line yards (ALY) per play. With Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, and Isaac Seumalo all sidelined, their struggles should come as no surprise. Doug Pederson is optimistic that Johnson could play this Thursday night, but he failed to practice on Monday, so I’m not sure if I believe him.
Scott will struggle to generate yards on the ground without better run-blocking. The Eagles are attempting the sixth-fewest runs per game (23.5), too, so there’s not a lot of carries to go around here. That said, Scott’s receiving prowess adds to his floor, and he should be able to turn his receptions into more yards than he can get on the ground.
The Eagles get the Giants this Thursday, and we know that Sanders won’t be able to play in that matchup. New York’s defensive line ranks 15th in run blocking, but the team gives up the 10th-most PPR points per game to running backs. That number includes six receptions and 50.5 receiving yards per game.
Philadelphia and New York are expected to play a gritty, low-scoring game on Thursday Night Football. According to BettingPros’ consensus point total, we should see a total of 44 points, with about 23.75 of them going to the Eagles. So while Scott isn’t a bad spot starter at RB2 in Week 7, he doesn’t have a ton of upside.
If Sanders can’t play in Week 8, then Scott will get the Dallas Cowboys. He’d be a viable option against them as well.
Ultimately, you should pick up Scott if you’re hard-pressed at running back, but you shouldn’t count on him to produce as anything more than a low-end RB2.
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