The Philadelphia Eagles have found their identity, and it’s “run the damn ball.” Unfortunately for Eagles fans and fantasy football managers alike, an injury forced Miles Sanders out of the second half of Philadelphia’s Week 12 game. With Sanders banged up, Boston Scott is the next man up. Is he worth a waiver wire claim?
The Eagles have become a run-heavy offense
When the Eagles squared off with the Giants in Week 12, they went in as the most run-heavy offense over the last month. After attempting “only” 31 rushes on Sunday, and after losing their lead running back for half the game, they … still have the second-most rushing attempts over the last three weeks.
This team wants to run. Philadelphia has found their identity. They want to have a dynamic run game with a mobile quarterback, then hit on play-action passes.
It was a bit of a surprising loss to the Giants, but the Eagles will look to get back on track against the Jacksonville Jaguars, which they should do handily.
Scott led the Eagles on the ground on Sunday, taking 15 carries for 64 yards and a TD while also contributing a pair of receptions. He will be the lead back, at least for this week, making him a valuable name for Week 13.
There’s no easier matchup than with the Jets
No team has allowed more fantasy points to the running back position than the New York Jets this year. It’s historically bad. They’re allowing 27.5 fppg to the position, setting Scott up for a potentially huge performance.
Allowing 128.7 rushing yards per game, Scott, and whoever else is in the Eagles backfield, should have no problem putting up fantasy points.
The Eagles should be able to do what they want on the ground, which is run the ball 30+ times with Hurts, Scott, and maybe a dose of Kenneth Gainwell if Howard is out this week.
One thing to monitor: Hurts is dealing with a bit of an ankle injury as well, meaning the running backs could be in line for even more work than normal.
Fantasy expectations for Boston Scott
It looks like there is a very good chance Scott will see 20+ touches in Week 13 against a Jets defense that’s allowing a good amount of yards and allowed the Buffalo Bills offense to put up 4 rushing TDs against them a few weeks ago. Scott clearly has a good role in Philadelphia’s offense with or without Sanders. However, his RB2 ceiling has been raised to an RB1 ceiling with the increased workload.
Scott is currently rostered in only 7.2% of leagues on NFL.com — that needs to change. He should be the second-highest waiver priority behind Alexander Mattison, and he should be a great start in Week 13.