In The Blitz, RotoViz writers react to the latest news and help you place it within the context of our 2020 research and recommendations.
Week 16, also known as Championship Week, is here. Running back Alvin Kamara got the week off to a blistering start thanks to his historic performance, but he wasn’t the only massive contributor for fantasy managers. On Saturday night, running back Myles Gaskin of the Miami Dolphins had himself a career night by topping 30 fantasy points and provided a significant boost to managers who had him slotted into their lineups.
Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin returned with a bang during the Week 16 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. He rushed 14 times for 87 yards and hauled in five receptions for 82 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Gaskin was seemingly the only player on this offense that did anything this game. He continues to show that he is the clear cut lead back for this organization. Gaskin should be a high-end RB2 for the Week 17 contest versus the Buffalo Bills.
Consistent Volume & Opportunity
I wrote about Gaskin as a potential early-season league winner in September after a series of strong performances to start the year. Virtually undrafted in redraft leagues and likely only a deep bench stash in dynasty leagues, Gaskin was a mega-producer in college who needed an opportunity. This season, he’s been given that opportunity, and he’s delivered in a big way. In his nine active games this season, he’s averaging almost 20 opportunities/game and has scored double-digit fantasy points in eight of nine games.
The big question heading into Week 16 was how the backfield would be split between Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed. Both backs had produced well on their own, but had not yet shared the backfield during a game. It’s rare for there still to be questions about how a backfield will operate this late in the season, but fantasy managers had zero context in this case. The Dolphins made it clear who the lead back was on Saturday night. Gaskin racked up 169 scrimmage yards and two scores on 19 opportunities, while Ahmed tallied three yards from scrimmage on seven opportunities.
Looking To Next Season
The Dolphins have rightfully earned their place in the spotlight this season. They drafted their franchise-hopeful quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa this past season, and he’s looked good in flashes. However, he’s also been benched twice this season in favor of veteran backup Ryan Fitzpatrick. The team also has four picks in the first two rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft, so it will be fascinating to see which position(s) the team decides to allocate recourses to this offseason. For Gaskin, he has seventh-round draft capital propping him up, and it’s entirely possible the team spends a Day 2 pick on a running back. If that happens, he immediately becomes part of a timeshare at best or a backup at worst. Fantasy managers will have a decision to make with Gaskin this offseason. If he can fetch an early to mid-second-round pick, that might be enough to help sell Gaskin. Otherwise, he’s likely someone you are holding as the offseason commences.