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What to do with Myles Gaskin, Matt Breida, Jordan Howard in Week 5 fantasy football

This backfield has a difficult ahead in the form of the San Francisco 49ers

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Myles Gaskin may have been the least familiar name in the Miami Dolphins’ three-man backfield entering 2020, but he has emerged as the team’s No. 1 runner through four weeks. Gaskin leads Miami’s RBs in snaps, carries, receptions and yards from scrimmage. Matt Breida was traded from the San Francisco 49ers in April and has been used sparingly while Jordan Howard, formerly a fantasy starter during stints with the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles, has been relegated to goal-line duty. Those three will try their best this week against a 49ers defense that has yet to allow a running back to exceed 65 rushing yards.

Analysis: Dolphins RBs Myles Gaskin, Matt Breida, Jordan Howard

Gaskin hasn’t put up big numbers, but touch totals of 13, 14, 27 and 14 have made him flex worthy. It has also been nice to see him so involved as a receiver with 18 catches across those four games. As such, Gaskin has scored between 10-15 DraftKings points in each of the past three weeks. Breida was expected to make more of a dent as a pass-catcher, but he has just four receptions on five targets and has yet to play more than 25% of the snaps in any week. Conversely, Gaskin’s snap rate has been north of 60 every week. Meanwhile, Howard has gained a total of 14 yards on 18 carries, but three of those totes ended in the end zone.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Gaskin is the only player worth considering here, but given the matchup, he’s only an RB3 or flex pick in PPR formats. Breida just isn’t seeing the field enough to matter, and Howard only exists to score short touchdowns and make all fantasy owners mad with his pilfering ways.