After an underwhelming 56-yard rushing performance against the Denver Broncos last week, the Miami Dolphins running backs will try to get back on Sunday versus their AFC East rival, the New York Jets.
When the Dolphins take the field, they will be doing without undrafted rookie running back Salvon Ahmed, who is out with a shoulder injury. Additionally, they will not have Myles Gaskin, whom the team did not activated from injured reserve. Can either Matt Breida or Patrick Laird carry the workload and possibly the Dolphins to a victory? Let’s discuss below what we should expect from Miami’s trio of running backs in Week 12.
Fantasy Football analysis: Dolphins RBs Matt Breida, Patrick Laird
Veteran running back Matt Breida made his long-awaited return to the field last week, after missing the previous two games with an injury. Against the Broncos, Breida had a lackluster two carries for four yards and played 11 percent of offensive snaps. Meanwhile, Patrick Laird did not register a single carry. But he did have a one reception for eight yards and played 17 percent of offensive snaps.
Myles Gaskins just returned to practice after he was placed on injured reserve earlier this month with a knee injury. The Dolphins can activate him within 21 days, but until then they will be rolling with Breida and Laird.
The Dolphins will be going up against a Jets’ defense that is surprisingly only allowing 111.7 rushing yards per game this season, ranking them 12th in the NFL. But they’ve also given up 12 touchdowns through 11 weeks and 18.4 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.
With all that being said, Breida and Laird could have some opportunities on Sunday, but it’s hard to say that with a straight face because the stats say otherwise.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Sit — Matt Breida and Patrick Laird