Matt Breida has played 30 snaps, run the ball 12 times and caught one pass through the first two weeks of the season. Myles Gaskin and Jordan Howard have both gotten more carries and Gaskin has nearly tripled Breida’s snaps over the first two games.
Breida came from a crowded backfield in San Francisco, but so far it hasn't translated to more work in Miami. The story said the Dolphins haven't really played with a lead much this season, aside from a brief time in Week 2, but Breida was considered the change of pace and pass-catching option behind Howard anyway. If the trend continues, it will be tough to keep Breida on fantasy rosters.
Myles Gaskin appeared in 39 (of 62 possible) snaps, while Matt Brieda played 14 snaps, Howard nine and Patrick Laird four. Gaskin finished with nine carries for 40 yards. Breida had five carries for 22 yards, and Jordan Howard struggled to find any rhythm, mustering just 7 yards on eight rushes. The emergence of Gaskin is an interesting development, but his efforts weren’t nearly enough.
The story said Gaskin worked hard this offseason and was clearly rewarded with a bulk of the snaps vs. the other backs who were expected to be ahead of him. Because of the struggles by the Miami offense, it may not mean Gaskin is a sure thing, though, so proceed with caution.
Myles Gaskin led Miami with nine carries for 40 yards, trying to provide a spark for an offense that relied heavily on Fitzpatrick passing the football. When Miami used two-back sets, it was Gaskin and fellow second-year back Patrick Laird in the package instead of Matt Breida.
Howard had a TD but only managed seven yards on eight carries. Perhaps the biggest thing to take away was Breida surprisingly had a lesser workload than expected, with just five carries for 22 yards on the day. The Dolphins were unable to get Brieda, one of the NFL’s fastest players, involved in the offense, the story said.
Dolphins running backs coach Eric Studesville says it's too early to conclude how his room will share the workload given they haven't even practiced in pads. But Matt Breida looks to be the lightning of the room while Jordan Howard can be the thunder. The key for both backs will be staying healthy, as each dealt with injury issues last season.
The author of this story gave his prediction of how things could get split - just for us fantasy owners. He said Howard, the bruiser, could get 50% of backfield touches, with Breida taking 35% and the other running backs sharing the remaining 15% - if both lead backs stay healthy and play up to expectations. The difference comes in how the Dolphins might split those touches with Howard a better fit on early downs while Breida is likely to be the third-down and passing-down back who should lead this room in receptions. Breida could even line up at receiver to get him more action in the passing game, the story went on to say. We rank Breida 33rd and Howard 42nd in our PPR RB rankings.