Myles Gaskin continued to lead the Miami Dolphins’ backfield with serviceable if not spectacular stats in Week 5 in San Francisco. He piled up 91 yards from scrimmage on 21 touches — 16 carries, five receptions. Gaskin also scored for the first time in 2020. Matt Breida didn’t have much of a “revenge game” against his old team as he ran nine times for 28 yards and added a 31-yard catch. Both men will have opportunities to succeed Sunday against a New York Jets defense that is the embodiment of a welcome mat for running backs.
Fantasy Football analysis: Dolphins RBs Myles Gaskin, Matt Breida
The most important takeaway from Week 5 in regards to this backfield was how Gaskin’s role changed with Jordan Howard inactive. Howard was used as a short-yardage/goal-line runner for the Dolphins through the season’s first month. But he was a healthy scratch against the 49ers, and that allowed Gaskin to see three carries from inside the 10-yard line. His rushing touchdown came from just 1 yard away. Gaskin isn’t the most gifted player, but his fantasy stock is rising since he has averaged 20 touches per game over the past three weeks, including at least three catches in each game. He has doubled and sometimes tripled Breida’s snap count, and with Howard possibly being scratched again, you should expect Gaskin to visit the end zone more often. Speaking of which, the Jets have allowed five rushing scores to lead RBs over the past four weeks.
Breida is just a change-of-pace player right now with very little fantasy value. He has yet to score this season and has topped 50 total yards only once. He is on the field for only about 20-30 percent of Miami’s offensive snaps.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Gaskin should be used in all formats this week. His $5,400 price on DraftKings is not exorbitant, and he has the matchup, workload and touchdown upside to return a lot of value. Gaskin has averaged 14.5 DK points through the past four weeks. That roll should continue versus a defense that ranks 29th against running backs.