Gainwell “seems to be penciled in for high-leverage situations like third downs, the hurry-up offense, and goal-line work” per SI.com’s John McMullen. He played 50% or more of the snaps twice last season, turning nine touches into 61 total yards and a touchdown against the Raiders in Week 7, and generating 87 total yards and a touchdown on 16 touches against the Cowboys in Week 18. So he’s produced when called upon. Gainwell is shaping up to be a Nyheim Hines-type, who is “better in best ball” since managers don’t have to worry about deciding when to start him. If anything were to happen to Sanders, Gainwell and Boston Scott would likely split touches in the Philadelphia backfield.
There have been reports all summer about Miles Sanders taking a multitude of reps with the 2nd team offense, and although coach Nick Sirianni is claiming that "everybody rotates," the Gainwell drumbeat has been sounding for months now. If Gainwell is the lead back in these high-leverage situations, he could sneak into FLEX territory by building on his 33-reception, six-touchdown rookie season.
Sanders may not be the third down back he used to be, but he is a thorn in the side of other Eagles backs, especially Sanders and Gainwell. Scott has little fantasy relevance unless one or both misses significant time.
The tweet added the team hopes to get Sanders back soon, and as a result, he will not go on IR, according to the tweet. Howard could get a huge role this week against Washington, and as Clark added, his MRI for a stinger came back good, so he should be ready to go for Week 17. Scott and Gainwell likely mix in as well but Howard should be the main, early-down guy.