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What Matt Breida/Jordan Howard are doing in Week 1 fantasy football

Miami was the least productive running team in the NFL last season. Can they turn it around in 2020?

Jordan Howard, Matt Breida, and Myles Gaskin of the Miami Dolphins line up for drills during training camp at Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southern University on September 05, 2020 in Davie, Florida. Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Halftime update: Howard and Jones have combined for 20 rushing yards on eight carries at the break and have been outdone by Myles Gaskin. Gaskin has a game-high 33 rushing yards on six carries and four catches for 26 yards.

The Miami Dolphins had the least rushing yards in the NFL last season but will depend on two newcomers in Jordan Howard at Matt Breida to help them improve in 2020. Miami will take a running back-by-committee approach, but which option will have more fantasy football value? We’ll go over that below.

Fantasy Football analysis: Dolphins RB Jordan Howard, Matt Breida

Howard is the more accomplished back of the two and has two 1,000-yard seasons under his belt. He started for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019 before being overtaken by Miles Sanders, but still managed to record 935 rushing yards. He’s been as high as RB10 in standard league’s but he should be limited by Miami’s developing offensive line.

Breida has always been a change of pace back rather than a bell cow. He’s expected to get more work on passing downs, and the Dolphins will likely be throwing to ball while playing from behind often this season. He might have a higher upside than Howard if Miami’s offensive approach is unchanged in 2020. It ranked seventh in passing attempts and last in rushing attempts in 2019.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

I don’t think either back is worth a start because of how inconsistent Miami has been running the ball. Neither is talented enough to make them change its whole offense.