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Week 1 vs. TEN
Receiving: 4 / 43 / 0 on 8 targets
Miller had zero first half targets. With the blitz overpowering the offensive line, presumably they needed him to stay and block. In the third quarter, he made a nice 27-yard catch, and became the go-to guy with the Raiders behind, especially in the no huddle offense. It was far too little, too late, but once Miller came to life, it really seemed to spark the Raiders. As an option in the passing game, he looked better than all of the Raiders WR's combined.
Week 2 vs. STL
Receiving: 3 / 49 / 0 on 4 targets
Many thought that with a decent NFL quarterback, Miller could leave his 66 REC, 805 YDS, 3 TD stat line from last year in the dust this season. The emergence of other options and a successful run game haven't quite moved Miller to the "elite" level as of yet. Much like his same-named fellow tight end in Pittsburgh, he plays more like a combo tight end. He's capable of blocking and contributing the run game as well.
Miller's best attribute, however, is his ability to be a "seam ripper" in that he is at his best when getting straight off the line of scrimmage and working the seam. His 24-yard catch from Gradkowski in the 3rd quarter was this specific route. If the receivers continue to emerge and Gradkowski can still manage the game properly, perhaps more will open up for Miller. Due to his previous production and the fact that McFadden's, Murphy's, and Heyward-Bey's big games have been few, far-between, and against the Rams, it's still easy to call Miller Oakland's most reliable player. He is a solid (but not elite) tight end who will have some big games and some where his production isn't very high.
Week 3 vs. ARI
Receiving: 4 / 64 / 1 on 9 targets
Miller scored easily on a play action fake TD pass early in the game and also got at two end zone targets that had a chance to be caught but were too tall and little bit off from Gradkowski. Miller also had a catch inside the 10 and he should continue to be a viable starter with Gradkowski in the lineup.
Week 4 vs. HOU
Receiving: 11 / 122 / 1 on 13 targets
Miller continues to show that he is Bruce Gradkowksi's favorite option in the passing game. Miller was targeted early and often all over the field and had a number of key catches, including a two catch sequence that resulted in a 14 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. On the play, Miller lined up tight to the line of scrimmage on the left side. Gradkowski was forced out of the pocket to the right and found Miller, who had continued working to get open, streaking from left to right in the middle of the endzone. Miller went to his knees and made a remarkable catch to keep the Raiders in the game. Miller is running a near-even mix of short routes and long routes, favoring quick outs and hooks while in close and crossing patterns when a little deeper down the field.
Week 5 vs. SD
Receiving: 6 / 62 / 1 on 8 targets
Miller is probably the toughest player the Raiders have on offense. He is a nightmare to tackle in the open field, and has great concentration to catch every pass in traffic. Campbell had the confidence to let him uncover in the end zone for his touchdown catch. He is very reliable over the middle for his QB, and can get open easy when he is not keyed on by the defense.
Week 6 vs. SF
Receiving: 2 / 48 / 0 on 4 targets
Despite being held in check for the majority of the game, Zach Miller came to life in the third quarter as Campbell found him in the flat and Miller turned upfield for a 22 yard gain. Miller caught another pass off a near interception and showed great concentration to reel it in. Campbell's interception came on a pass intended for Miller, who was well covered on the play. The 49ers made a concerted effort to take away Miller, and thus his contribution was limited.
Week 7 vs. DEN
Receiving: 3 / 65 / 1 on 6 targets
Miller continues to be one of the league's best tight ends and one of its most underrated players. He doesn't look like the athletic freak that Antonio Gates of Vernon Davis are, but he always seems to get himself open on plays designed for him. The thing he brings to the table to the other tight ends mentioned is blocking. Oakland was missing an offensive lineman due to concussion and had another get banged up during the game but was still able to run for a ton of yards. Miller is a great blocker as well as a great pass-catcher, and he doesn't mind doing either. He's just a very solid football player.
Week 8 vs. SEA
Receiving: 1 / 8 / 0 on 2 targets
Chalk up the subpar day to injury woes. Miller was targeted twice in the first series (with one catch) and then proceeded to have a quiet day. He was targeted on a deep throw at the goal line, later in the game, but was dealing with double coverage and couldn't make the catch. With a strong running game, capable wide receivers, a standout performance from the fullback, and a good lead all game, Miller just wasn't needed as a receiver.
Week 11 vs. PIT
Receiving: 2 / 9 / 0 on 7 targets
Miller was back in action for the Raiders in this game, but he is clearly not 100%. He was not used much in the downfield plays, and the few short passes that he did come up with resulted in an immediate tackle.
Week 12 vs. MIA
Receiving: 1 / 6 / 0 on 1 targets
Still injured and may have re-aggravated the same injury because he was never targeted in the 2nd half and many times didn't seem to be on the field. Owners cannot be too trusting of him at this point. He has tremendous skills in the passing game but if not healthy is of no value to owners.
Week 13 vs. SD
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 0 on 1 targets
Miller was reportedly healthy coming into this game, but his performance played out much like the previous month or so. He finished with just one short red zone grab early on, then mostly disappeared from the offense for the remainder of the game.
Week 14 vs. JAX
Receiving: 4 / 68 / 0 on 5 targets
Miller had a good day working with Campbell and looked good returning from his injury. Campbell used him frequently over the middle, exploiting mis matches with Miller. He was the primary target on a number of play action passes and got open for Campbell when he was called.
Week 15 vs. DEN
Receiving: 4 / 39 / 0 on 7 targets
Zach Miller made a nice 27 yard reception as he shoved aside a defender and turned what would have been a short 5 yard catch into a big play. Miller also dropped an errant but catchable Campbell pass in the 1st quarter but played well throughout, including some key blocks. He did catch a 30-yard TD, but it was called back by an incidental illegal formation penalty.
Week 16 vs. IND
Receiving: 9 / 66 / 1 on 12 targets
Campbell focused much of his attention on his tight end. However, Miller did the majority of his dirty work on the final Raiders drive, when the Colts were in a prevent defense. Campbell uses Miller and his running backs as a security blanket, as 18 of his 29 receptions went to either the te's or the running backs. That short passing game just wasn't enough to beat the Colts on Sunday.
Week 17 vs. KC
Receiving: 5 / 31 / 0 on 5 targets
Miller was a sure-handed tough safety valve for Campbell. He played a lot of this season banged up, but when he was close to full health, Miller was an elite fantasy TE, and he should be one again next season.