Patrick Laird Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

Patrick Laird Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

11:12am EST 12/20/20

Dolphins RB Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Patriots. He joins DeAndre Washington, Matt Breida and Patrick Laird in the backfield. Ahmed operated as Miami's lead back in Weeks 10 and 11 and might return to that role today. But it’s unclear exactly how touches will be distributed here.

Dolphins RB Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Patriots. He got in 3 limited practices this week and seems on track to return. Ahmed operated as Miami's lead back in Weeks 10 and 11, totaling 33 carries and 7 targets. He might just be the best bet for touches in the backfield this weekend -- ahead of DeAndre Washington, Matt Breida and Patrick Laird -- but you're best off just avoiding this backfield in what figures to be a low-scoring affair vs. New England.

Dolphins RB Myles Gaskin has been placed on the COVID list. It's unclear if he tested positive for the virus, but he's out for at least this weekend's game vs. the Chiefs. RB Matt Breida is also on the COVID list, while RB Salvon Ahmed is out with his shoulder injury. Miami is down to RBs Patrick Laird, DeAndre Washington and Elijah McGuire, who was just elevated from the practice squad. It's anyone's guess as to how touches will be divvied here, so it's a situation to try to avoid in Week 14 fantasy lineups.

Update: ESPN's Field Yates reports that Gaskin tested positive for COVID, so he'll likely miss Week 15, too.

Dolphins RBs Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) and Matt Breida (COVID) are out for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. That leaves DeAndre Washington and Patrick Laird to back up Myles Gaskin, who was back in a feature role last week.

Dolphins RBs Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) and DeAndre Washington (hamstring) are listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bengals. RB Matt Breida, meanwhile, missed Friday's practice with an illness that HC Brian Flores declined to say was COVID related or not. Flores also said that the team is still deciding whether to bring back RB Myles Gaskin (knee) for this weekend's game. If Gaskin is activated, he'd likely step back in as Miami's clear lead back and be in the RB2 mix. If not, Miami could be left with only RB Patrick Laird. We have to imagine they'd go pass-heavy in that case.

Dolphins RB Myles Gaskin (knee) won't be activated from IR and will miss Sunday's game against the Jets, ESPN's Cameron Wolfe reports. With RB Salvon Ahmed also out, Miami is down to RBs Matt Breida, DeAndre Washington and Patrick Laird. We're guessing that Breida leads the way in touches tomorrow -- but it's just a guess. You should try to avoid the situation in fantasy lineups.

Dolphins RB Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) is out for Sunday's game against the Jets. RB Myles Gaskin (knee) returned to practice this week, but HC Brian Flores wouldn't say Friday whether Gaskin will be able to play this weekend. We'll look for updates on his status. Matt Breida, Patrick Laird and DeAndre Washington are Miami's healthy RBs right now.

Dolphins RB Salvon Ahmed has missed the first 2 practices of the week with a shoulder injury. We'll see what he's able to do tomorrow, but his status for Sunday's game against the Jets is in doubt. RB Myles Gaskin (knee) is eligible to return this week, although it's unclear if he's ready. Matt Breida, Patrick Laird and DeAndre Washington are Miami's healthy RBs right now.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweets that Dolphins RB Matt Breida (hamstring) "may be a week away from going." It sounds like we should expect him to miss today's game against the Chargers. That'd leave Miami's backfield to DeAndre Washington, Salvon Ahmed, Jordan Howard and Patrick Laird. It's still a situation to avoid in fantasy.

Dolphins RB Matt Breida missed Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury. HC Brian Flores only said Thursday that Breida "has a chance" to play against the Cardinals this weekend. With RB Myles Gaskin (knee) on IR, Breida's absence would leave Miami down to RBs Jordan Howard, Patrick Laird and newly acquired DeAndre Washington.

Dolphins RB Myles Gaskin suffered an ankle injury in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Bengals and had to be carted off the field. That obviously makes him unlikely to play in next week's finale against the Patriots. RB Patrick Laird should be back in the lead role for that one.

The Dolphins have placed RB Kalen Ballage (leg) on IR and signed RB Zach Zenner. It ends a laughably bad season for Ballage, who finishes with 1.8 yards per carry and 4.5 yards per catch. Zenner is a plus athlete but has averaged just 3.9 yards per carry over 5 NFL seasons. He joins Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin in Miami's backfield. Avoid the situation in Week 14's matchup vs. the Jets' 10th-ranked RB defense.

Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage suffered a leg injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Eagles and is officially questionable to return. His absence leaves Miami with RBs Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskins.

Update: Ballage has been ruled out.

The Dolphins have released RB Mark Walton after another off-field issue. “We were made aware of a police matter earlier this morning regarding Mark Walton," GM Chris Grier said. "We hold our players to a high standard and take these matters very seriously." We'll see exactly what Walton did this time, but he might not be good enough to get another shot elsewhere with all his baggage. Miami seems committed to Kalen Ballage as their lead back, although it'd certainly make sense to starting giving RBs Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin more work.

 
 
 

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