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Week 4 Start/Sit Advice: Should You Bench Miles Sanders? (2022 Fantasy Football)

Oct 1, 2022
Fantasy Football Week 4 - Start or Bench Miles Sanders

Start or sit decisions can be excruciating. While it feels great to make the right call and cruise to fantasy glory, it hurts just as much when you have someone erupt while on your bench. You can use our Who Should I Start? tool to gauge advice from fantasy football experts as you make your lineup decisions. And you can also sync your fantasy football league for free using our My Playbook tool for custom advice, rankings, and analysis.

Let’s take a look at one of the polarizing players for Week 4 of fantasy football and what the Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) advise. When we reached out to the experts about sleeper starts and duds this week, there was a consensus opinion about Miles Sanders. See what our experts had to say about Sanders and a Week 4 matchup against the Jaguars below.

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Miles Sanders (RB – PHI)

“I’m generally pro-Miles Sanders, but this doesn’t set up to be a good week for him. He’s up against a pass-funnel Jacksonville defense that has faced a league-low 39 rushing attempts by opposing RBs. The Jaguars’ run defense ranks No. 1 in Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric. If Sanders doesn’t have success as a runner, he’s probably not going to bail out fantasy managers with his pass catching, since he has six catches for 13 yards so far this season. It’s also worth mentioning that after finally scoring a touchdown in Week 1 following a scoreless 2021 season, Sanders has embarked on a new scoreless streak, failing to score a TD in his last two games.”
– Pat Fitzmaurice (FantasyPros)

“Miles Sanders has a tough matchup against a Jags defense that’s been stout against the run. The remade Jags front has been formidable so far, and Sanders still lacks that big TD upside of most other featured backs, despite his Week 1 TD. Other players in that same range have more upside and perhaps a higher floor as well, especially in PPR formats, with Sander averaging just two targets per game in 2022.”
– Joe Pisapia (FantasyPros)

“I am staying away from Miles Sanders (consensus flex ranking: #40) in Week 4. The Jaguars look like they are for real, and their run defense allowed only 141 yards and zero TDs through the first three weeks. While Sanders has dominated touches in the Eagles backfield, 66% of his runs are to the inside, and he lacks the broken tackle percentage to make it through that solid defensive line. Add in Jalen Hurts‘ run prowess and a hip injury that had Sanders limited at practice Wednesday, and I’d be surprised if the RB managed a top-40 flex output this week.”
– Kelly Kirby (FantasyPros)

“Miles Sanders is a fantasy option who relies upon efficiency rather than pure volume to pay off weekly. This week, the efficiency won’t be there against one of the league’s premier run defenses. The Jaguars have allowed the lowest rush success rate, second-lowest rush EPA and fifth-lowest explosive run rate. Sanders is a must-sit this week, as he’ll massively disappoint.”
– Derek Brown (FantasyPros)

Sanders’ ceiling is always going to be limited by his lack of work at the goal line and as a receiver. Sub-50% route participation with a mobile QB isn’t going to cut it, even with his effectiveness and workload as a rusher. I’d be slightly concerned that this could be a disappointing day for the Eagles running back versus a Jaguars run defense that hasn’t allowed more than 60 rushing yards to a running back this season. Back-end RB2 for Week 4.
– Andrew Erickson (FantasyPros)

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If you want to dive deeper into fantasy football, check out our award-winning slate of Fantasy Football Tools as you navigate your season. From our Start/Sit Assistant – which provides your optimal lineup based on accurate consensus projections – to our Waiver Wire Assistant, which allows you to quickly see which available players will improve your team and how much – we’ve got you covered this fantasy football season.

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