The Miami Dolphins got some unexpected bad news on Saturday as running back Myles Gaskin tested positive for Covid-19 and was placed on the injured reserve list. He will miss a minimum of ten days, which means he will be out for at least Week 14 against the Kansas City Chiefs and Week 15 against the New England Patriots.
This is a big hit for fantasy football players headed into their playoffs. Gaskin returned from injured reserve last week and impressed with 21 carries for 90 yards and two receptions for 51 yards. Now, he’s out, Matt Breida remains on the Covid-19 IR list, and Salvon Ahmed is sidelined with a shoulder injury. That leaves a backfield that includes DeAndre Washington, Patrick Laird, and Lynn Bowden Jr. Time to figure out fantasy football implications for Week 14.
Fantasy Football analysis: Dolphins RBs DeAndre Washington, Patrick Laird, Lynn Bowden Jr.
Washington is the established veteran of the group, having entered the league in 2016 as a fifth round pick. Last season, he got a sizable workload as Josh Jacobs backup, filling in during three games in which Jacobs was sidelined. He’s projected as the starter of this group, but against the Chiefs, the game script might not favor the ground game. If Miami can keep this game close early and control the clock, however, it could bode well for Washington.
Laird has been more prominently featured in the passing game, catching 23 passes for 204 yards last year. He only has seven receptions for 52 yards this year as he’s never really been able to get going. Washington seems more likely to find consistent work in the passing game.
Bowden is the wild card of the group. He’s listed as a wide receiver, but can play all over the field. He’s not going to be worth starting, but he lowers the upside of the rest of the group and is worth watching in keeper leagues if he’s not already rostered.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Washington as a flex or RB2 in deeper leagues, sit him in more basic 12-team leagues. Sit Laird and Bowden.