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Fantasy Football: Dolphins RB Myles Gaskin ‘Head and Shoulders’ Above His 2019 Play

Before the Miami Dolphins embrace Tua Time, they may have found a new weapon in Myles Gaskin, a second-year running back.

The concept of Gaskin impressing is nothing new, especially for those who saw him dominate at Washington.

It took some time, but Miami Dolphins coaches are excited about what Gaskin will do in the present and future.

Myles Gaskin starred at Washington

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Myles Gaskin was among college football’s most productive running backs in his four seasons at Washington.

Gaskin immediately burst onto the scene in 2015 with 1,302 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns as a true freshman. Although Gaskin scored four fewer touchdowns in 2016, he still ran for 1,373 yards and averaged nearly six yards a carry.

Gaskin could have entered the NFL draft after a brilliant 2017 season (1,380 yards and 21 rushing touchdowns on 6.2 yards per carry) but returned for one more go.

That may have been the wrong move, as Gaskin’s numbers all dipped and he only averaged 4.9 yards per attempt.

Gaskin now could be the lead back in Miami

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The Miami Dolphins have tried finding a franchise running back since trading Jay Ajayi midway through the 2017 season.

Miami drafted Myles Gaskin in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL draft, hoping he could make the 53-man roster and showcase his skills.

Gaskin flashed as a rookie, averaging 3.7 yards per carry and totaling 133 rushing yards and a touchdown on 36 carries. Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who no one would confuse for Lamar Jackson, led the Dolphins in rushing yards.

Although Miami added Jordan Howard and Matt Breida in the offseason, it was Gaskin who got the lion’s share of touches in a Week 1 loss to Cam Newton and the Patriots. Gaskin recorded 40 yards on his nine carries and caught four passes for 26 yards.

Gaskin had four first-downs and averaged 4.4 yards on his nine carries.

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Miami drafted Myles Gaskin just hoping he’d contribute and use his size — Gaskin stands 5 feet 10 inches and weighs 194 pounds — to his advantage.

Gaskin is in position to do more than just contribute. If his Week 1 performance is a sign of things to come, Gaskin is playing his way into the Dolphins’ long-term plans.

According to The Athletic, Dolphins running backs coach Eric Studesville said Gaskin is “head and shoulders” above where he was at this point in 2019.

“I think the work and the effort that he puts into the game and the passion that he has to want to work and to want to be good at this and to get everything, I think has started to really show. And he invested in himself last year and it’s paying off for him now. He’s playing more confident, he’s playing faster, and I think we’re seeing some of the skill set that he’s had in the past.”

Myles Gaskin and the Dolphins have two challenging tasks ahead. Miami hosts Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills in Week 2; Buffalo handled the Jets with ease in Week 1 and should still be considered favorites to win the AFC East.

Miami travels to Jacksonville in Week 3 to face Gardner Minshew and a Jaguars team that upset the Colts in Week 1.

Now is the time to buy high on Myles Gaskin in fantasy football. As of Sept. 18, 2020, Gaskin was available in 89% of ESPN’s fantasy football leagues.

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