Would You Rather: Start Patrick Laird or Myles Gaskin for Week 16 Fantasy Football Championship

Jason Schandl
Patrick Laird during pre-game warmups against the Jets.
Patrick Laird during pre-game warmups against the Jets. / Sarah Stier/Getty Images

The Miami Dolphins' backfield looks nothing like it did at the start of the season, when Kenyan Drake, Kalen Ballage and Mark Walton held the top three spots on the depth chart.

Rookies Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin are shouldering the workload to close out the season, creating some potential fantasy football value. But which one should you start this week?

For a few weeks, Laird was clearly the guy.

He parlayed his increased opportunity into 14.8 PPR fantasy points in Week 13 and 12.6 in Week 14 before seeing a shift in his workload in Week 15.

He still racked up 12 carries and saw five targets, but he played 48 percent of the Dolphins' offensive snaps — down from 82 percent in the previous game. This void was filled by Gaskin, who also played 48 percent, racking up nine carries and three targets.

Gaskin has been a more efficient rusher than Laird in their small samples with Miami, but Laird's value as a receiver continues to buoy his fantasy outlook.

Laird now has at least five targets in three of his last four games, and when you pair that with double-digit carries even when just playing half the team's snaps, his floor and ceiling are both still solid.

Both Gaskin and Laird are worth considering if you're thin at RB this week, thanks to a dreamy matchup with a Cincinnati Bengals' defense that has surrendered the seventh-most PPR fantasy points per game to opposing RBs.

Whether you're looking for a safe floor or high upside, though, Laird is still the top Miami RB to play in fantasy football.

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