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Eagles’ Jordan Howard injury status leaves fantasy managers in a tight spot

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Fantasy football championship weekend is finally here. If you are one of the lucky ones to have made it through this crazy, COVID-19 infused fantasy football season, kudos to you! But it’s not enough just to get here. You want to finish the job and take home the title and bragging rights. News that Eagles starting tailback Miles Sanders broke his hand last week has created some concern heading into the finals.

Sanders missed three weeks earlier this season. While he was out, a combination of Jordan Howard and Boston Scott took over primary rushing duties. Howard though did not escape Sunday’s game unscathed either. Howard is dealing with a stinger and did not practice Wednesday. However, he returned to practice in a limited capacity on Thursday.

Philadelphia is one of the most run-heavy teams in the NFL, and also lead the league at 163.2 rushing yards per game. This weekend, the Eagles travel to the nation’s capitol to take on the Washington Football Team. Washington’s defense for the season is middle of the pack. But they have been much worse lately and been hit hard with injuries and COVID-19.

It’s easy if Howard is unable to play. Boston Scott is easily a plug-in play as an RB2 for championship weekend. He would likely receive 15-20 touches. That’s more than enough to justify a start in this offense.

The problem is, if Howard suits up, how badly does that affect each of their values. In Weeks 8-10 when Howard missed time, Howard and Scott both received more than 10 carries each game. Howard was the primary ball-carrier in the red zone, while Scott was the pass catcher out of the backfield. Both players were very productive.

 

Normally, a team in the fantasy football championship would not be reliant on the 2nd and 3rd string running backs. But this year is a very different year. Injuries to tailbacks like Christian McCaffrey, Leonard Fournette, Kareem Hunt, Chris Carson, among many others have forced fantasy owners to make a lot of roster changes.

Then there is the aspect of COVID-19 and how it has ravaged so many fantasy teams. Even if your running back isn’t lost to COVID-19, if that player’s quarterback is unable to play, that likely impacts his ability to rush the ball.

In what was a crazy fantasy season, it all culminates this weekend. Hopefully you are not in the conundrum of choosing between Eagles running backs.