Salvon Ahmed will compete for a role in Miami's backfield this season, and he could be worth drafting with a late-round pick in most leagues. With Myles Gaskin the likely starter, Ahmed will compete with Malcolm Brown for the No. 2 role. While it's doubtful Ahmed earns relevant touches barring an injury, he is someone to consider in deeper formats. In 2020, he had three games with at least 17 total touches when Gaskin was out, and he scored at least 12 PPR points in all of them. He's capable of being trusted if given an increased role, but it's hard to expect that happening if everyone is healthy.
Ahmed is expected to compete with Malcolm Brown, Gerrid Doaks and Patrick Laird for backup roles behind likely starting running back Myles Gaskins, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports. Despite being an undrafted rookie, Ahmed started in four of his six games last season, highlighted by a 122-yard rushing performance in a Week 15 win over the Patriots. He averaged 4.3 yards on 75 carries and 5.6 yards on 11 catches, while Gaskin had 4.1 YPC on 142 carries and 9.5 YPR on 41 receptions. The Dolphins declined to make any splashy backfield additions in the offseason, settling for Brown in free agency and Doaks in the seventh round of the draft. Ahmed thus has a shot to earn the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, but it's also possible a poor summer could put him on the wrong side of preseason cuts.
Ahmed had six carries for 29 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's blowout 56-26 loss to the Bills. Ahmed split Miami's backfield work fairly evenly with Myles Gaskin during the Week 17 loss, and the backs managed to score despite both being held under 30 rushing yards. Through six appearances with the Dolphins in 2020, the undrafted rookie compiled 319 yards and three touchdowns on 75 carries (4.3 YPC). Ahmed also secured 11 of 14 targets for 61 yards. He remains under contract with Miami through 2021, so barring any offseason pickups he could begin next season as the No. 2 option behind Gaskin.
Ahmed had six carries for two yards during Saturday's 26-25 win over the Raiders. He also hauled in his only target for one yard. Ahmed reverted to a depth role in Miami's backfield due to the return of Myles Gaskin from the COVID-19 list. Just a week removed from dropping 122 rushing yards on the Patriots, Ahmed was inefficient on his seven offensive touches, while Gaskin racked up 169 scrimmage yards and two scores on his 14 carries and five targets.
Ahmed carried the ball 23 times for 122 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 22-12 win over the Patriots. He also caught one of three targets for five yards. Ahmed hugely rewarded fantasy managers who trusted him in their playoff matchups, as he returned to a workhorse role with Myles Gaskin (illness) still on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Despite coming off a three-game absence due to a lingering shoulder injury, Ahmed managed an impressive 5.3 yards per carry, becoming the first Dolphins' running back to record a 100-yard rushing day in two years, as Tom Pelissero of NFL Network notes. If Gaskin remains sidelined against the Raiders on Dec. 26, Ahmed will once again be poised to serve as the Dolphins' top back.
ESPN's Cameron Wolfe indicates that Ahmed (shoulder), who is back after after missing three games with a shoulder injury, is in line to lead Miami's backfield Sunday against the Patriots. He re-enters the mix with Myles Gaskin on the reserve/COVID-19 list and the Dolphins' pass-catching corps without key cogs DeVante Parker (hamstring), Mike Gesicki (shoulder) and Jakeem Grant (hamstring). In that context, the Dolphins will need all they can get from Ahmed, Matt Breida and DeAndre Washington, while Patrick Laird is on hand in a reserve role.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@New England Patriots||22||18.88|
|3||09/26||@Las Vegas Raiders||29||22.38|
|5||10/10||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||12.30|
|11||11/21||@New York Jets||20||18.00|
|13||12/05||New York Giants||17||17.50|
|15||12/19||New York Jets||20||18.00|
|16||12/27||@New Orleans Saints||2||13.00|
|18||01/09||New England Patriots||22||18.88|
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|3 Year Avg||75||319||3||11||61||0||57|