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|Another new addition to the Philadelphia backfield is former Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny. Unlike Swift who's more of a satellite back with more limited between-the-tackles rushing ability, Penny's skill set is more in line with that of 2022 Eagles starter Miles Sanders, who rushed for 1,269 yards and 11 touchdowns this past season. Sanders was not utilized much in the passing game, but was a good enough runner to justify seeing 259 rushing attempts - far surpassing his previous career high.
Penny is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy option. The high risk comes from his history of injuries. The high reward comes from his ability to generate explosive plays on the ground, as he's been one of the most efficient running backs in the league when he's been healthy. He could deliver some huge games for fantasy owners, especially in games where the Eagles get out to an early lead and end up relying heavily on their rushing attack to close out games. Unfortunately, quarterback Jalen Hurts could also steal a good number of goal-line carries from the Penny and Swift backfield, but he did that quite often in 2022 and Miles Sanders was still able to get into the end zone 11 times, so don't be too scared off by Hurts' presence.
The big question is, can Penny stay healthy? He played just five games in 2022 and he hasn't played in more than 10 games in a season since his rookie year back in 2018. It's a gamble that fantasy owners will have to assess strongly, but if you're willing to take the risk, he could be a great value pick given that he's being selected beyond pick 100 and outside RB3 range in most fantasy drafts.
| D'Andre Swift not expected to play, Illness
Eagles lose starting RB for Week 18
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Jan 7, 12:00 pm
|Eagles' RB D'Andre Swift is not expected to play today vs. the Giants due to illness, per league source. (Adam Schefter on X)
FFToday's Take: The Eagles will be without their starting running back against the Giants for the season finale. Expect to see Kenneth Gainwell and Rashaad Penny handle the running back workload.