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Matt Breida

Matt Breida

Running Back #22
ADP:Round: 8, Pick: 5
Team: Miami Dolphins
Ht / Wt:5'9" / 180 lb.
College:Georgia Southern
Born:February 28, 1995
Drafted:2017 / UDFA

Matt Breida: Eight touches in drubbing of Jets

Breida registered 15 rushing yards on six carries, adding seven receiving yards on his two catches during Sunday's 24-0 win against the Jets.

Analysis: Breida once again deferred the lion's share of the running back workload to Myles Gaskin, who handled 75 percent of Miami's RB carries Week 6. Gaskin has garnered an average of 16.5 rush attempts per game since Week 3, but Breida has gotten slightly more involved with 15 combined carries of his own the past two games against San Francisco and New York. He had averaged 4.5 carries per game on the season prior to that. Miami heads into its Week 7 bye before returning with Tua Tagovailoa as its starting quarterback Nov. 1 against the Rams.

October 20, 2020 4:20 PM EST

Matt Breida: Potentially expanded role Week 5

Breida could be set for expanded opportunity in Sunday's Week 5 tilt against the 49ers with Jordan Howard (coach's decision) inactive for the contest.

Analysis: Howard has primarily been used in a red-zone role and has only 18 carries on the season, so it remains to be seen exactly how much of a boost Breida might see, considering he's more of a between-the-20s back. Nevertheless, the absence of his teammate presents one less obstacle to touches, although Breida and backfield mate Myles Gaskin are faced with a 49ers defense that's tied for fewest fantasy points allowed per game to running backs (10.0) in standard scoring formats.

October 11, 2020 12:06 PM EST

Matt Breida: Takes back seat to Gaskin again

Breida had three carries for nine yards during Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Seahawks. He also secured all three of his targets for 39 yards.

Analysis: Breida enjoyed his most productive game of the season Sunday, mostly doing his damage in the passing game, but he once worked purely as a change-of-pace back to spell Myles Gaskin (10 carries, four targets). The former 49ers standout has yet to play 25 percent of offensive snaps through four games in Miami.

October 6, 2020 9:01 AM EST

Matt Breida: Just three touches versus Jags

Breida had three carries for four yards during Thursday's 31-13 win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: Breida wasn't targeted Thursday, as Myles Gaskin handled the vast majority of Miami's backfield reps (22 carries and five targets). With Jordan Howard locked into the Dolphins' short-yardage work, it looks as though Breida's only opportunities will come as an occasional change-of-pace option to spell Gaskin. Until such time as his workload increases, Breida can be considered off the fantasy radar in most formats.

September 25, 2020 9:39 AM EST

Matt Breida: Small workload in loss

Breida had seven carries for 37 yards during Sunday's 33-28 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Breida also secured one of two targets for two yards. Myles Gaskin once again operated as the Dolphins' lead back, while Jordan Howard handled short-yardage work and touches around the goal line. Breida had the same amount of carries as Gaskin but saw five less targets, and he was far less efficient with the passing looks he did garner. The 25-year-old has now gone back-to-back games with less than double-digit touches, so he'll be difficult to rely on for fantasy purposes when the Dolphins head to Jacksonville on Thursday.

September 21, 2020 7:36 AM EST

Matt Breida: Operates as third RB in opener

Breida rushed five times for 22 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 21-11 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Breida was supposed to be the shifty complement to Jordan Howard's power game. Howard held up his end of the bargain with a one-yard touchdown run, but Breida was overshadowed by Myles Gaskin, who tied for the team lead with four catches while also leading the Dolphins in carries (nine) and rushing yards (40). If Breida remains the third option in Miami's backfield against the Bills in Week 2, he'll be tough to trust in the fantasy realm moving forward.

September 13, 2020 3:03 PM EST

Matt Breida: May line up at WR

Breida is the favorite to lead Miami's backfield in receptions and could even occasionally line up as a receiver, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins traded a fifth-round pick to acquire Breida back in April, a move which evidently positioned the 25-year-old to operate as the complementary 'lightning' to backfield mate Jordan Howard's 'thunder.' However, subsequent blows to the team's receiver depth -- Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns both decided to opt out of the season -- could open the window for Breida to carve out much more than a mere third-down role. It wouldn't be out of the question for Breida to compete for occasional usage in three-receiver sets, given that his primary competition will come in the form of Isaiah Ford and Jakeem Grant, neither of whom have yet managed to record 25 receptions or 300 receiving yards in a single year. Moreover, aside from DeVante Parker, the Dolphins don't have a single receiving option who logged more than 600 yards in 2019. As a big-play threat waiting to happen, if Breida is able to parlay Miami's unproven depth into even a modest uptick in target volume, he could provide legitimate fantasy utility in PPR formats.

August 11, 2020 4:37 PM EST

Matt Breida: Hasn't been offered extension

Breida hasn't discussed a contract extension with the Dolphins, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: Breida signed a second-round restricted free agent tender with the 49ers in mid-April, only to be traded to the Dolphins a week later in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick. The 25-year-old is scheduled for a $3.3 million salary and is expected to split backfield snaps with Jordan Howard, while 2019 holdovers Patrick Laird, Myles Gaskin and Kalen Ballage presumably will need to compete for a roster spot. Given the current climate of economic uncertainty, the Dolphins may be hesitant to offer Breida an extension.

July 10, 2020 8:10 AM EST

Matt Breida: Traded to Miami

Breida was traded for a fifth-round pick to the Dolphins on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Raheem Mostert's improbable playoff run gave the 49ers yet another running back to their burgeoning glut, so it makes sense to see Breida move for a relatively healthy compensation. The third-year tailback has yet to register a season with more than 180 touches, but he could soon find plenty of work in the Dolphins' backfield. A two-year, $10 million offseason deal with Jordan Howard figures to block Breida's immediate path to the starting lineup, but the former 49er is unquestionably the more explosive of the two backfield options and likely will get plenty of chances to unseat the Indiana product's grapple hold on the two-down carries.

April 25, 2020 11:35 AM EST

Matt Breida: Re-ups with 49ers

Breida signed his restricted free agent tender Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: For his career, Breida has averaged 5.0 yards per carry and reeled in 75.3 percent of his 89 targets. While production isn't a question mark, opportunity is a problem, given he's in a backfield with Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon and even Jeff Wilson. Breida's name has been mentioned in the trade front so far this offseason, but for the time being he remains an employee of the 49ers.

April 16, 2020 3:52 PM EST

Matt Breida: Likely available for trade

Breida is a candidate to be traded this offseason, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

Analysis: Breida has produced 4.4, 5.3 and 5.1 yards per carry in three years with the 49ers, but he fell behind Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman in the backfield pecking order during last season's NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl. The Niners then used a second-round restricted free agent tender to retain Breida, keeping him under contract for $3.26 million in 2020. It's a reasonable salary for a player with his track record of production, but it's a lot to pay for a No. 3 running back, especially if the Niners truly expect Jerick McKinnon (knee) to return from back-to-back missed seasons and battle for a role. Even Jeff Wilson at the bottom of the depth chart has noteworthy NFL experience, so the Niners likely will listen closely if another team is interested in trading for Breida. Another option would involve trading Coleman, who is entering the second season of a two-year, $8.5 million contract.

April 6, 2020 7:23 AM EST

Matt Breida: Gets second-round tender

The 49ers are tendering Breida at the second-round level, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.

Analysis: This means the team will receive a second-round pick if it declines to match an offer sheet for the restricted free agent. Breida has made a strong impression through three NFL seasons, but not strong enough for any team to give up a second-round pick for the right to sign him to a large contract. Barring a trade, he'll be back with the 49ers in 2020 as part of a backfield that also has Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson under contract.

March 17, 2020 1:24 PM EST

Matt Breida: Role reduced as season progressed

Breida finished the 2019 season with 123 carries for 623 yards and a touchdown, also contributing 19 receptions for 120 yards and another score in 13 games.

Analysis: Breida did most of his damage through the first nine games of the season as a co-starter (542 rushing yards and 110 receiving yards) before going down to injury against Seattle in Week 10. The 49ers' backfield landscape had shifted upon his return in Week 14, as Raheem Mostert had emerged as the team's top option with Tevin Coleman serving as the "1B" option. Breida suffered a case of fumbleitis down the stretch, coughing the ball up three times despite touching the ball just 23 times following his injury layoff. The 24-year-old's talent as a rusher is unquestioned (5.1 yards per carry this year), but the combination of his ball security issues and the breakout performance of Mostert kept the speedy back as a healthy scratch during the team's unsuccessful Super Bowl run. All three of San Francisco's contributing backs in 2019 are under contract for 2020, so Breida figures to begin next season third on the depth chart barring any unforeseen changes this upcoming offseason.

February 6, 2020 12:32 PM EST

Matt Breida: Limited to one carry

Breida took one carry for two yards in Sunday's 37-20 win over Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game

Analysis: Tevin Coleman injured his shoulder during the second quarter, but it was strictly Raheem Mostert who picked up the slack, finishing with 220 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 82 percent snap share. Breida was limited to the one touch on two offensive snaps, but he did have eight carries on 12 snaps the previous week in a 27-10 win over the Vikings (he also lost a fumble). Depending on Coleman's health, Breida will operate as the No. 2 or 3 option in the 49ers backfield in a Super Bowl matchup with Kansas City.

January 20, 2020 6:17 AM EST

Matt Breida: Logs eight snaps on offense

Breida had four carries for 16 yards in Sunday's 26-21 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Breida got re-integrated into the offensive gameplan after essentially being a healthy scratch last week. Raheem Mostert has been on a tear of late, and coach Kyle Shanahan has been known to roll with the hot hand at running back during his tenure with San Francisco. Injuries slowed Breida down in the second half of the season, but the speedy back still managed to average over five yards per carry for the second consecutive season, finishing with 623 rushing yards and a touchdown while adding another 120 yards and a score as a receiver. The 24-year-old will be a restricted free agent this upcoming offseason, but the 49ers figure to attempt to keep Breida around due to the team's familiarity with the back and its need for depth in Shanahan's power-run scheme.

December 30, 2019 1:14 PM EST

Matt Breida: Not used on offense

Breida did not play any snaps on offense in Saturday's 34-31 win over the Rams.

Analysis: The oft-injured back was not listed on the injury report, so his demotion to special teams was a coaching decision. Breida had a rough go of things last week against Atlanta (four carries for 11 yards and a lost fumble), which may have had a role in his lack of touches. The speedy back has otherwise been solid when deployed this season (119 rushes for 607 yards and a touchdown), so coach Kyle Shanahan may also be attempting to keep Breida fresh for the playoffs after suffering a few injuries over the course of the regular season. Sunday's matchup against Seattle will decide the fate of the NFC West, so the 24-year-old could get involved in the gameplan, but the uncertainty surrounding his playing time makes him tough to trust in fantasy.

December 22, 2019 2:49 PM EST

Matt Breida: Coughs up two fumbles, loses one

Breida ran for 11 yards on four carries and lost one fumble during Sunday's 29-22 loss to the Falcons. He also caught both of his targets for six receiving yards.

Analysis: Breida accounted for 15 scrimmage yards on four first-half touches, but he quickly fell out of the rotation after fumbling on consecutive third-quarter carries -- the first of which rolled out of bounds, but the second which was recovered by Atlanta's De'Vondre Campbell. From that point forward the 24-year-old back was not entrusted with another offensive touch, as Raheem Mostert closed out the afternoon with 10 more rush attempts than any other San Francisco RB. Breida's role in the 49ers' ground attack is difficult to predict heading into a Week 16 matchup against a Rams defense that entered Sunday as a top-12 rush defense.

December 15, 2019 6:48 PM EST

Matt Breida: Rips off big run in return

Breida (ankle) rushed six times for 54 yards and caught his lone target for four yards in Sunday's 48-46 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Breida made his return from an ankle injury after a three-week absence, and while the light workload didn't help fantasy owners, his 9.0 yards per carry bodes well for his health and big-play ability moving forward. Tevin Coleman started the game as per usual, but Breida and Raheem Mostert took over as coach Kyle Shanahan's two-man backfield in the huge conference win. Expect Breida to get more involved next week against the Falcons after a week of full practice.

December 8, 2019 4:40 PM EST

Matt Breida: Cleared for Week 14 return

Breida (ankle) isn't listed on the final injury report for Sunday's game in New Orleans, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Breida returns from a three-game absence for a tough matchup, facing a Saints defense that's shut down running backs to the tune of 3.5 yards per carry (3rd) and 62.3 rushing yards per game (2nd). Raheem Mostert pushed Tevin Coleman out of the picture in last week's 20-17 loss to Baltimore, but coach Kyle Shanahan could turn back to a committee now that Breida is ready to play. It's hard to recommend any of the three as a Week 14 fantasy option, as the workload uncertainty creates an ugly floor.

December 6, 2019 12:48 PM EST

Matt Breida: Practices without limitations

Breida (ankle) practiced in full Wednesday, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: With no cap on his practices for the first time since picking up a low-ankle sprain Week 10, Breida will end a three-game absence Sunday in New Orleans. He'll rejoin a backfield that flipped on its head this past Sunday at Baltimore, when Raheem Mostert handled most of the RB reps over Tevin Coleman. In that contest, Mostert handled 74 percent of the offensive snaps on his way to 21 touches for 154 yards from scrimmage and a TD. As for Coleman, he handled 18 percent, ending his day with six touches and 15 yards from scrimmage.

December 4, 2019 1:44 PM EST

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