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Player Outlook
We expect Gainwell to begin the season as the No. 2 running back in Philadelphia, but he'll have competition for that role from rookie Will Shipley. Gainwell only had double-digit touches in two games last season and he only scored 17.2 PPR Fantasy points in the two games combined. You can leave him on the waiver wire in all leagues for as long as Barkley is healthy and we wouldn't break the bank for him if he gets the chance to start. We would expect a full committee in that case and believe there is more upside with Shipley.

Fantasy Stats

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Year yds
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Rushing Touchdowns
Fumbles Lost
Receiving Yards
Receiving Touchdowns
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2023 364 4.33 2 1 30 183 573.6
2022 240 4.53 4 23 169 523.1
3y Avg. 298 4.38 4 1 29 202 0 573.6
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Becomes backup to Barkley

    Gainwell is poised to operate as the backup to Saquon Barkley, who slated to sign a three-year, $37.75 million contract with the Eagles, Eric Edholm of reports. Gainwell looks set to remain Philadelphia's No. 2 running back, but instead of backing up D'Andre Swift (who is set to join the Bears on a three-year, $24 million contract), he'll look to complement an established, true three-down workhorse in Barkley. That could spell less opportunities for offensive touches for Gainwell, who tallied career-high marks with 84 carries for 364 yards and two scores in 2023, but he should retain quality value as an insurance option behind Barkley. Gainwell's versatility makes him a solid depth option for Philadelphia, though the team could still add further reserves to the backfield.
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Small steps forward in third season

    Gainwell rushed 84 times for 364 yards and two touchdowns in 16 regular-season games, adding 30 catches for 183 yards. Gainwell's carries and yards both represented career highs, albeit not by huge margins over his 68 carries for 291 yards as rookie in 2021. He also saw his workload get scaled back significantly after his first two games, as he averaged four carries per game the rest of the way after rushing 14 times in both of his first two contests. It's unlikely he suddenly becomes the lead back for the Eagles next season.
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Leading rusher in Week 18 loss

    Gainwell carried the ball seven times for 62 yards and failed to catch his only target in Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Giants. D'Andre Swift (illness) wasn't healthy enough to suit up, so Gainwell got the start in the backfield for the Eagles and led the team in rushing yards while also setting a season high, topping the 54 yards he picked up back in Week 1. Swift should be back for Philly's playoff opener, a road game in Tampa Bay in the wild-card round, bumping Gainwell back to a depth role.
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Looks poised to start Sunday

    Gainwell was the first running back to take reps in pregame warmups and appears set to start in Sunday's game against the Giants, Josh Tolentino of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. With lead back D'Andre Swift (illness) inactive, Gainwell could be poised to challenge for double-digit touches out of the backfield for the first time since Week 3, when Swift hadn't yet fully established himself as the No. 1 option. The Eagles have Boston Scott and Rashaad Penny available in reserve, but the former has mostly been relegated to special-teams duties in recent weeks, while the latter has been a healthy inactive for much of the season. Gainwell has enjoyed some level of success as both a runner (career 4.2 yards per carry) and pass catcher (career 5.3 yards per target) over his three seasons in the NFL, and the prospect of a three-down workload could make him an enticing fantasy option in Week 18.
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Another six touches in Week 17

    Gainwell rushed twice for five yards, reeled in all four targets for 15 yards and completed his only pass for 17 yards during Sunday's 35-31 defeat to the Cardinals. Gainwell remained in a complementary role behind the Eagles' top running back D'Andre Swift, getting out-touched by his teammate, 14-6. His 20 yards from scrimmage also marked his second fewest in a game over the last six contests, but Gainwell did connect with DeVonta Smith (leg) on a 17-yard gain, marking the first official pass of his three-year career. Considering his workload of 5.4 touches per game since the team's Week 10 bye, Gainwell will be tough to trust for production Week 18 at the Giants.
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Season-high 79 yards from scrimmage

    Gainwell rushed six times for 41 yards and caught three passes for 38 yards in Monday's win over the Giants. Gainwell's 79 total yards from scrimmage represented his highest total of the season, though he played less than 40 percent of the Eagles' offensive snaps for the first time since Week 12. He remains clearly behind D'Andre Swift on the depth chart, as Swift received 20 touches in the victory.
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Most carries since Week 7

    Gainwell rushed six times for 21 yards in Monday's loss to the Seahawks. Gainwell's six carries marked his highest total since Week 7, but he also went without a reception for the second week in a row. He remains the clear second running back behind D'Andre Swift, and neither his average of 29.7 yards from scrimmage per game nor his two total touchdowns on the season are particularly useful for fantasy purposes.
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Four carries in loss

    Gainwell rushed four times for 28 yards in Sunday's 33-13 loss to the Cowboys. Gainwell's rushing yards represented his highest total since the third week of the season, but he also went without a reception for just the second time all year. The only time he's finished with more than 50 yards from scrimmage this season came back in Week 1, so his fantasy appeal remains limited.
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Week 14 Waiver Priority List

    D'Andre Swift (undisclosed) was banged up late in Philadelphia's 42-19 loss against San Francisco in Week 13. If Swift misses Week 14 at Dallas, then Gainwell would be at least a flex option in all leagues. It's a tough matchup, but Gainwell actually scored a touchdown against the Cowboys in Week 9. And he just had five catches for 42 yards against the 49ers on six targets. Gainwell is worth adding for at least 10 percent of your FAB in case Swift has to miss Week 14.
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Starting RB goes down late

    Gainwell had two carries for five yards and caught five of six targets for 42 yards in Sunday's 42-19 loss to the 49ers. D'Andre Swift (undisclosed) left Sunday's contest late after absorbing a big hit in the loss to San Francisco, leaving Gainwell as the next man up on Philadelphia's depth chart. The latter finished with his best receiving performance of the season, but most of that production came while the former was healthy. The nature and severity of Swift's injury are currently undisclosed, but Gainwell figures to receive the biggest boost in fantasy value for Week 14 should the Eagles' starter miss next Sunday's tilt against Dallas.
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Four touches in overtime win

    Gainwell finished Sunday's 37-34 overtime win against the Bills with two carries for 26 yards and two catches for 10 yards. The game lasted an additional seven-plus minutes, but Gainwell still didn't play much of a role, finishing with fewer than five touches for the third consecutive game. He averaged 16.5 touches in his first two games of the season but has now averaged just 5.3 touches over his last eight contests. Gainwell did have a key 23-yard run to set up a sneak by Jalen Hurts for the first score of the game, but his lack of volume gives him little fantasy appeal.
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Sees limited action Monday

    Gainwell rushed once for one yard and caught his only target for four yards in Monday's 21-17 win over the Chiefs. Gainwell played just 17 of the Eagles' 56 offensive snaps, and his two touches and five total yards accounted for his lowest outputs of the season. He's clearly behind D'Andre Swift in the pecking order at running back, and he'll continue to remain in a limited role barring an injury to Swift.
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Gets into end zone in Sunday's win

    Gainwell carried the ball three times for 22 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for one yard in Sunday's 28-23 win over the Cowboys. The third-year running back launched himself into the end zone with a forward flip from the three-yard line in the first quarter for the game's first points, giving Gainwell his second TD of the season -- both of which have come in the last three contests. His workload behind starter D'Andre Swift remains limited, but he's making the most of it, and Gainwell's role could grow coming out of the Eagles' Week 10 bye as the team gets ready for a Super Bowl rematch with Kansas City in Week 11.
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Week 9 Waiver Priority List

    Gainwell has found a way to be productive in each of the past two games against Miami and Washington, and he's worth stashing in all leagues as the handcuff for D'Andre Swift. Against the Dolphins, Gainwell had eight carries for 16 yards and a touchdown, and he had five catches for 30 yards on five targets against the Commanders. He'll only have standalone value if Swift were to miss any time, but Gainwell could be a league-winning Fantasy option in that scenario. He's worth adding for 1 percent of your FAB.
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Two carries but five catches

    Gainwell rushed twice for a loss of two yards in Sunday's 38-31 win over the Commanders but added five catches for 30 yards. Gainwell played a minimal role in the rushing game, but his receptions, receiving yards and targets (five) all represented season highs. In terms of total touches, however, he's now been held to single digits for five consecutive games, and his offensive snap count fell to a season-low 18.
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Scores first TD this season

    Gainwell rushed eight times for 16 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Dolphins. D'Andre Swift (15-62-0) did the heavy lifting for Philadelphia on the ground, but it was Gainwell who cashed in a short touchdown on the Eagles' final scoring drive. It was the backup's first trip to the end zone in six games this season. The curious coaching decision to start Gainwell over Swift back in Week 1 is looking more like an anomaly with each passing week, leaving the backup with only deep-league fantasy appeal heading into next Sunday's matchup against the Commanders.
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Season-low two carries

    Gainwell finished Sunday's 20-14 loss to the Jets with two carries for 13 yards and added four more receiving yards on one reception. Gainwell didn't trail primary running back DeAndre Swift by a wide margin in snap count (40-29), but Swift had 10 carries to Gainwell's two. That represented a season low for Gainwell, who's now carried the ball a total of 13 times over the last three weeks after receiving 14 carries in each of the first two games of the year.
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Minor role in Week 5

    Gainwell finished Sunday's 23-14 win over the Rams with seven carries for 17 yards and pulled in one of his two targets for seven more yards. The Eagles backfield has settled into a distinct hierarchy in recent weeks, with D'Andre Swift the clear No. 1 option and Gainwell the clear No. 2. For the third consecutive week, no other back saw the field for a single offensive snap. Gainwell likely needs an injury to Swift to gain broader fantasy relevance, however, as he's averaged a modest 31 combined rushing and receiving yards on 9.7 touches per game over those three weeks. He's also yet to find the end zone this season.
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Limited usage in OT win

    Gainwell carried the ball four times for 14 yards, caught both his targets for seven yards and ran in a two-point conversion in Sunday's 34-31 overtime win over the Commanders. D'Andre Swift dominated the Philly backfield with 18 touches, and while Gainwell was able to salvage a bit of fantasy value with his two-point conversion, it was still a disappointing showing for the third-year RB after he saw a combined 33 touches in his first two games of the season. As long as Swift remains productive in the lead role, it could be tough for Gainwell to deliver consistent numbers, but head coach Nick Sirianni could also look his way more often again in Week 5 against the Rams.
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  • Eagles' Kenneth Gainwell: Outplayed by Swift in return

    Gainwell (ribs) rushed 14 times for 43 yards and caught one of two targets for five yards in Monday's 25-11 win over the Buccaneers. Gainwell's first carry in his return from a one-game absence came on fourth-and-1, and he got stuffed for minus-1 yard to end Philadelphia's opening drive in the red zone. He finished with 14 carries to D'Andre Swift's 16, but Swift was vastly more effective, churning out 130 rushing yards on the heels of last week's 175-yard performance on the ground. The gap in attempts was much wider while the game was still in doubt, as eight of Gainwell's carries came on the final drive. Swift's the leader in Philadelphia's backfield heading into a Week 4 home game against the Commanders, but Gainwell's the clear No. 2 option over Rashaad Penny, who didn't register a touch Monday, and Boston Scott (concussion), who was inactive.
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