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What to do with Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed, Lynn Bowden in Week 17 of the fantasy football playoffs

We go over the fantasy football outlook of Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed, and Lynn Bowden ahead of the Dolphins Week 17 matchup against the Bills.

Myles Gaskin #37 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates a touchdown with Salvon Ahmed #26 during the third quarter of a game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 26, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

If you had the guts and the foresight to plug Myles Gaskin right back into your fantasy lineup after his seven-game absence, you almost certainly either won or are playing for your league title. Here’s how to approach this Miami Dolphins backfield versus the Buffalo Bills.

Fantasy Football analysis: Dolphins RBs Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed, Lynn Bowden Jr.

Miami didn’t handle Gaskin with kid gloves following the long layoff. He took on 19 touches — 14 carries and five receptions — at Las Vegas. By comparison, Ahmed handled just six touches — six carries and one reception. Gaskin played 33 more offensive snaps and out-gained Ahmed 169-3. Oh, and he scored twice, just as the cherries on top. Gaskin’s return also cut into Bowden Jr’s usage. Even though Bowden Jr. continues to play a lot of snaps, his touch total has gone from gone 8-7-3 over the past three weeks.

Although the Bills’ defense is generally good, it does have some cracks up front. Melvin Gordon III ran for 61 yards and two TDs on 11 carries against Buffalo in Week 15. Last Monday night, Sony Michel gained 69 yards on 10 carries. With not much to play for this week, the Bills will probably rest multiple key defensive players.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Gaskin is the only player out of this trio that you can trust, but he does look like a viable RB1 because of this matchup and with his assumed workload. He costs $6,500 on DraftKings, up $1,200 from last week.

Bowden Jr. is on the radar as a hope-and-pray DFS option at $3,500, but only if wide receivers DeVante Parker and Jakeem Grant are ruled out for this game.