Myles Gaskin
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Why Myles Gaskin Will Win You Your Fantasy League In 2021

Actions speak louder than words, and trusting coaches who rave about their players or wide receivers who praise their subpar quarterbacks is never as effective as delving into the facts we can view for ourselves. The primary reason to draft Myles Gaskin is inaction on the part of the Miami Dolphins.

This off-season saw a handful of teams who had doubts surrounding their existing running-back rooms make moves to address that concern, either through the draft or free agency. The Raiders formed the ultimate running back duo of fantasy mediocrity by pairing Kenyan Drake with Josh Jacobs, the Falcons went after Mike Davis, and teams like the Jaguars, 49ers, Jets, and Broncos drafted running backs including Travis Ettiene, Trey Sermon, Michael Carter, and Javonte Williams.

The Dolphins were rumored to be one of said teams. Aaron Jones to Miami looked like a done deal until it suddenly fell through, and the team decided against signing any established running backs. Analysts waited during the draft to see which RB the Dolphins would take, but the draft ended with Gaskin still Miami’s lead back. The media had zero faith in Gaskin but Brian Flores, the one man whose trust Gaskin needed, maintained his support for the 24-year-old.

The two parts to success in fantasy football, especially for running backs, are talent and opportunity. Clearly, Gaskin will have ample opportunity to produce as the starting Dolphins running back, and it looks like he does have the talent to match that opportunity. Simply put, if he was not talented, he would not have kept his role as the starting running back for the Dolphins this upcoming season.

Gaskins is a complete three-down back, as he is an excellent pass blocker as well as pass catcher. This bodes well for his upside in fantasy football, especially in PPR leagues. Essentially, he is a lock to get 15 carries per game plus a few receptions, allowing for a safe and consistent floor with room for a very high ceiling. There are some questions about the Dolphins’ offense, especially with the giant question mark surrounding Tua Tagovailoa, but his lack of arm strength should actually bolster Gaskin’s receiving upside a bit.

Lastly, the reason Gaskin is unique amongst running backs in fantasy drafts is his complete undervaluation across all platforms and all types of drafts. For PPR leagues, Fantasy Pros has him ranked at 22, behind guys like Josh Jacobs, David Montgomery, Miles Sanders. The biggest difference between Gaskin and those players is that he has no direct competition in his running back room and has pass-catching upside that those three simply do not. Do yourself a favor and draft Myles Gaskin. He is valued outside of the top-20 running backs, but he is a lock to finish top-15 and has legitimate top-10 upside.

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