RB Patrick Laird - Miami Dolphins
|6-0, 205||Born: 8-17-1995||College: California||Drafted: ---|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Nov 19): Laird was the passing game back and looked solid against Buffalo. If the Dolphins get tired of Kalen Ballage, Laird could get an audition, and he might have staying power in PPR leagues even if Ballage remains the starter.
General News (Wed Nov 20): practiced fully on Wednesday.
Week 12: at Cleveland Browns
FBG says: Good matchup. The Dolphins are in a desperate search for a running back after having released Mark Walton after another legal incident this past week. Kalen Ballage has gotten the start the last two weeks but has been extremely inefficient for the entire season averaging just 1.9 yards-per-carry. Behind Ballage, Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin both who could see time as the team evaluates its future roster looking ahead to 2020. It's not all the running backs fault for the lack of productivity as the team ranks last in rushing yards per game at just 60.3 per game. A lot of the blame has to be put on the offensive line that has been a disaster across the board as Matt Bitonti has this team rated as the third-worst in the NFL. The Browns defensive line will be without two of its key defenders this week as defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi and Myles Garrett will be suspended for the end of game incident last week. This leaves the Browns incredibly thin on the defensive line as they likely will still be without Olivier Vernon who is dealing with a knee injury. Devaroe Lawrence will fill in for Ogunjobi who is a third-year player with just seven career tackles, Chad Thomas will fill in for Vernon who has just 13 career tackles in two seasons including 232 snaps this year, and Chris Smith will fill in for Garrett who has just 1 tackle on 128 snaps this season. Needless to say, this is a Browns defense that is going to be desperate for one of these three players to step up and there should not be a lot of confidence that they will do so. Even with Ogunjobi, Vernon, and Garrett, this was a suspect defense against the run as they had allowed 4.8 yards per carry which is the fifth-worst in the NFL as they have struggled at the linebacker position with Mack Wilson who is filling in for Christian Kirksey who is out for the season.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Patrick Laird's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
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