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Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore seemed to find the fountain of youth again this season. But after suffering a mid-foot sprain, the future Hall of Fame running back is now shut down for the year, opening the door for someone to step up in the Dolphins' backfield over the final two weeks of the season. 

The hole left by Gore has a number of suitors in line to potentially fill it. Kenyan Drake, Brandon Bolden and Kalen Ballage have all made contributions at some point this season for Miami and all have had some sort of a fantasy impact as well.


In the Dolphins' Week 16 game, it was Ballage who stepped up and took the lead role with 123 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Many times before, Drake was the guy getting the touches given that he began the year as the team's starter. 

But despite Gore's absence, head coach Adam Gase didn't include Drake in the rotation last week, instead leaning on Ballage. Drake finished the afternoon with just one carry, as did Bolden, who had two touchdowns on two carries the week prior against the Patriots.

So the Dolphins, and possibly some fantasy owners, have a decision to make -- a decision that could potentially make or break your fantasy team in championship week.

Going off recency, it seems like Ballage is the clear choice. If we're going off totals from the year or experience, then Drake is the guy. And Bolden seems like a wild card at this point. One thing that is certain about Gase is that the player that will be his go-to running back each week is always uncertain.

It would be safe to grab Ballage ​off the waiver wire, especially if you already own Drake or Gore. Since keeping a player off your opponent's team can be just as, if not more, valuable as having him in your own lineup, the Dolphins' backfield as a whole could just be a stash play in the fantasy finals.

No matter what you decide, this is a situation to closely monitor throughout the week as you never know if or when Gase will show his hand.


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