Patrick Laird, RB, Miami Dolphins
Laird didn’t get a lot going against the New York Giants on Sunday, with 12 carries for 46 yards and two receptions (on five targets) for eight yards. But the touch volume he’s getting as the last man standing in the Miami backfield, including five targets in three straight games, remains notable and a better matchup is coming in Week 16.
The Cincinnati Bengals entered Week 15 allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to running backs (Yahoo! 0.5-point PPR scoring), then the New England Patriots’ set of backs combined for over 200 total yards and two total touchdowns on Sunday. They also entered the week allowing the fifth-most rushing yards to the position (115.6 per game), before New England’s backs posted 155 on the ground during Sunday’s game.
Laird has certainly become a viable flex option lately, with enhanced value in PPR scoring. But there’s RB2 upside in Week 16 against the Bengals, regardless of scoring format, with a touch floor that might be 20 in a critical week for fantasy owners.
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