Is he Jordan Howard’s favorite addition?
Surprisingly, Boston Scott remains available in a ton of fantasy football leagues. On Yahoo, he is only registered in 21% of leagues. While fantasy managers have no way of knowing exactly how the Eagles ‘backfield would break down after Miles Sanders’ ankle injury, Kenneth Gainwell and Scott should have been added in most formats. If Scott remains available in your league, should you remove him from the waiver thread?
Boston Scott was the Eagles’ lead in Week 8
Considering how the Eagles used their running backs leading up to Week 8, conventional wisdom has suggested Gainwell would be the next man in place. Instead, it was Scott, who paced all of the Eagles’ backers with an instant 45% share.
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Although Gainwell was second at 31% and actually edged Scott 13-12, it’s important to apply the context. Of Gainwell’s 13 runs, 12 of them came in the fourth quarter after the Eagles dominated and seated Jalen Hurts for Gardner Minshew. When the safeguards were in place, so was Gainwell.
Jordan Howard remains a postman
The Eagles bred Jordan Howard from the practice squad ahead of last week’s game. Howard is always a threat to hit on a short touchdown, but I didn’t expect him to handle 12 carries. It is clear that he will remain involved as a return from the start of the race and from the short distance.
Although Howard only played 25% of the snaps, that percentage would have been higher if this match hadn’t been a total blowout. In more competitive competitions, Howard could be closer to that 40% mark with Scott around 55%.
Howard’s presence crowns Scott’s advantage as, at worst, Howard takes away half of the chances on the goal line. This is something we need to take into account when deciding how aggressively to pursue Scott on the Week 9 waiver thread.
Don’t let week 8 fool you
The Eagles faced the Lions last week, by far their most favorable encounter on the calendar. They managed to throw the ball 37 times between Scott, Howard and Gainwell. It will not be the norm. In fact, it’s difficult to project the Eagles for a serious, positive play story over the next three weeks.
There is a silver lining to more competitive games: less Howard. If the Eagles are lagging behind or in situations where they need to launch a quick attack, it should be Scott. Scott has proven to be a fan of the wide receiver in the past. He played four games last season with at least 4 targets. Scott’s passing advantage makes him the favorite addition to Howard.
Should fantasy managers add Scott to the week 9 waiver thread?
I expect Sanders to return from the casualty reserve when he is first eligible. He suffered a standard low ankle sprain which is a 2-3 week injury. The Eagles placing Sanders on IR guarantee he’s missing three weeks, but I’d be surprised if he wasn’t ready to go after that. This means Scott is on a two week rental. What does this hold for your fantasy team?
Week 9 is another tough one when it comes to goodbye weeks. We’re also at the point in the season where fantasy managers can see the writing on the wall regarding their playoff fate.
If you have a hole in RB2 and need a short term fix, Scott is probably worth a big FAAB offer, maybe up to 20-25%. If you’re seated well or just don’t have room to start Scott this week, then maybe you place a smaller bid just to keep everyone honest, but with no real intention of acquiring. Scott.