In The Blitz, RotoViz writers react to the latest news and help you place it within the context of our 2020 research and recommendations.
Each year there are gems to be found on the waiver wire in both redraft and dynasty leagues. Whether by injury or making the most of a given opportunity, individual players tend to surprise us every season. A Miami Dolphins running back — not the one many anticipated or predicted — offers value to those who were quick enough to snag him. Myles Gaskin continues to impress.
Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin saw a heavy workload during the Thursday night victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Gaskin rushed 22 times for 66 yards and caught five passes for 29 yards through the air. He has become the clear lead back in Miami, but Jordan Howard and Matt Breida will still get a few touches each game. Gaskin is quickly picking up steam in PPR formats. He’ll get another favorable matchup against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4.
Earlier this offseason, I embarked on a journey to decode a variety of backfields. I focused on backfields that were crowded, had new faces, or situations that fantasy owners might struggle to address. I predicted the Dolphins would give Howard early-down and goal-line work, while Breida would be a change of pace and complimentary piece. I was right about Howard’s goal-line work, but Gaskin proved me wrong everywhere else.
Mega College Producer
The last running back selected in the 2019 NFL Draft, Gaskin was virtually a forgotten player. He was picked in the seventh round, with Pick 234. A rookie season that saw him appear in only seven games led many to forget about his incredible college production.
Four straight seasons of 220-plus carries, 1,200-plus rushing yards, and 10-plus touchdowns is flat-out impressive, and led to Cort Smith calling him the next Phillip Lindsay. His combine performance might not have been anything spectacular, but his closest athletic comps highlight his ability to be a dual-threat option out of the backfield.
James White and Devonta Freeman are both capable rushers and more than talented pass catchers. Gaskin has an eerily similar athletic ability to both and has had the opportunity to flash that upside early this season.
Weekly Fantasy Starter
Despite the offseason additions of both Howard and Breida, Gaskin has dominated the backfield opportunities through three games this season. Three straight weeks of double-digit PPR performances are enough to put you on most fantasy radars, mostly when the offseason price was next to nothing.
Through three weeks, Gaskin is on pace for over 84 targets and currently has a 17% target share. Last year, White and Freeman were two of the 10 running backs to hit both 70 targets and 12% target share. If Gaskin can keep up this pace — and it certainly looks like he can — he will be a player we are talking about as a league winner this season.
Howard may have a goal-line touchdown in each game this season, but Gaskin gets both the rushing volume and receiving work to be considered a rare three-down back. His 22 carries in a positive game script in Week 3 can’t be counted on each week, but his receiving floor keeps him more than viable in PPR leagues for the foreseeable future.