Quiet end to 2021 campaign
Gaskin had one carry for minus one yards and secured all three of his targets for 11 yards during Sunday's 33-24 win over the Patriots.
Gaskin saw Duke Johnson (25-117-1) overtake the lead role in Miami's backfield down the stretch, while he himself only played 11 percent of offensive snaps during the season finale. With a new coaching staff imminent, the stage would appear set for the Dolphins to re-sign Johnson this offseason and/or bring in further backfield help via free agency or the 2021 NFL Draft. Any such event would cause Gaskins' fantasy value to further dip in dynasty formats, as his chances of beginning the 2022 campaign with a valuable role look increasingly slim. Despite playing a full 17-game slate, Gaskin only finishes 2021 with 173 carries for 612 yards (3.5 YPC) and three scores, to go with 49 catches for 234 yards and four touchdowns on 63 targets.
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Coach Kevin O'Connell told reporters Friday that he still views Mattison as the Vikings' lead back after a recent trade for Cam Akers, who is unlikely to play this Sunday against the Chargers, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports.
Coach Kevin O'Connell said Friday that Akers isn't expected to suit up Sunday against the Chargers, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Akers passed a physical Thursday, completing the trade made between the Vikings and Rams on Wednesday.
Akers is likely to be available to play at least some snaps in Sunday's game against the Chargers given his familiarity with Minnesota's offense, which is modeled after the Rams' scheme, offensive coordinator Wes Phillips told ESPN.
The Vikings have not lost confidence in Mattison despite Wednesday's trade for Cam Akers, offensive coordinator Wes Phillips told reporters Thursday. "Unfortunately we've had a couple turnovers in the run game where we obviously need to clean that up. Everyone's aware of that. But we still feel very strongly in Alex and [backup Ty Chandler] and those guys being able to go in and produce," Phillips told ESPN.
The Rams traded Akers to the Vikings on Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Head coach Sean McVay confirmed Monday that the Rams are "headed" toward trading Akers, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
The Rams have engaged in trade talks involving Akers, who was a healthy scratch for Sunday's 30-23 loss to the 49ers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Akers is inactive for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Akers is expected to be inactive for the Rams for Sunday's game against the 49ers and could be on the trade block, Jay Glazer reported Sunday on "Fox NFL Sunday."