Would You Rather: Own Kalen Ballage, Myles Gaskin or Patrick Laird for Rest of Fantasy Football Season
The Miami Dolphins' RB depth chart has been in flux all season. They opened the year with Kenyan Drake as the RB1 and Kalen Ballage as the RB2. Mark Walton quickly jumped Ballage as the backup, then became the starter when Drake was traded. He was suspended and released, making Ballage the No. 1.
And now, after three terrible starts, Ballage's role has been cut significantly, with Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin both threatening to take over lead back duties.
Ballage has been truly terrible on the ground this season. He's run the ball 71 times for only 135 yards, averaging 1.90 per carry. The last time a player recorded at least 70 rush attempts in a season and averaged fewer than 2.0 yards per carry was in 1946. Since the 1970 merger, the record for fewest yards per attempt with 70-plus carries is 2.25.
The Dolphins gave him two cracks at a true lead back role, playing him for 82 percent of the offensive snaps in Week 10 and 77 percent in Week 11. His leash shortened drastically in Week 12 though.
Laird, on the other hand, has seen his snap share increase in each of the last three weeks, from 12 percent to 23 percent to 37 percent. He still hasn't had more than seven touches in a game, but he's impressed in his limited work, with 31 yards on six carries and another 66 yards on nine targets (eight receptions).
Gaskin is likely still the odd man out, with the fewest snaps in the group in each of the last three weeks. Three of his season-high five touches in Week 12 came on the final drive of the game, playing with backups in a blowout.
Even though he has been named the starter, Ballage's fantasy football value could be all but gone. Any positive outlook was tied entirely to his volume, and it's clear that he's not going to keep getting that volume if he fails to produce.
That leaves Laird offering some interesting upside. It's almost impossible to be any less efficient than Ballage, so if he inherits that lead-back workload then he will become a valuable fantasy producer. His floor is still low with the Dolphins' starting Ballage this week, but he's worth stashing on the bench with favorable matchups against the New York Jets, New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals on tap for the final three weeks of the fantasy football season.
Even with that easy schedule looming, both Gaskin and Ballage can be left on the waiver wire, as neither promises much upside at this point.
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