The trade deadline has come and gone. Teams that were expected to make moves either wanted too much (Will Fuller) or could not find the right partner (Jets, Patriots). One team not on the trading radar made a surprising decision.
Last season the Miami Dolphins made headlines before the deadline, trading away offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil and wideout Kenny Stills to the Houston Texans, and sending defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers. This year they provided two of the few deadline deals, trading wide receiver Isaiah Ford to the Patriots and acquiring Kansas City running back DeAndre Washington. With an already massive running back roster, what does this trade mean for the Dolphins?
Making Miami Make Sense
After what can only be described as either a baffling decision or a panic move after their inability to sign Le’Veon Bell, the Dolphins now find themselves with six running backs.
Someone(s) must go.
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) November 3, 2020
Only three other teams have five active running backs: the Patriots, Lions, and Falcons. What do these three teams all have in common? They all have losing records. Each team has found itself playing from behind in nearly every game, and none of them have a clear-cut, reliable fantasy producer. Myles Gaskin, the Dolphins number one listed and performing running back is somewhat of an exception to that rule.
Gaskin has seen a fairly steady increase in his average points per game over the entire season. He has only failed to reach his projected point value twice, per FantasyPros. Gaskin is slated to miss the next three games with an MCL sprain, per ProFootballTalk. Will the Dolphins be able to replace him with Matt Breida, or will they go with newly acquired DeAndre Washington? Miami acquired former 49ers running back Breida in a trade during the 2020 NFL Draft. Breida was expected to take on a significant share of the workload, however, his highest total so far this year is a measly 5.9 points. With Gaskin out, this could be Breida’s opportunity to show off some speed.
DeAndre Washington has played in only one game so far this season. He rushed 3 times for 5 yards and caught one pass for two yards in Kansas City’s 43-16 win over the Broncos. He is, however, coming off of a fairly productive season behind Josh Jacobs with the Raiders. Washington will not be available for Miami this week due to COVID-19 restrictions requiring six days of negative tests before a player can enter their new team’s facilities.
What. A. Mess. Breida is likely the number one option this week, as no other Miami backs have seen any significant time. It stands to reason if he performs moderately well he will at worst split with Washington in week 10. Week 11 is where things get hairy. Only time will tell if Breida holds down the number one spot before Gaskin’s targeted return in week 12. He is currently rostered in just 20% of ESPN leagues and should provide enough in relief of Gaskin, who, while not lighting it up, was fairly consistent. Steer clear of Washington.