WR Anthony Miller - Chicago Bears
|5-11, 190||Born: 10-9-1994||College: Memphis||Drafted: Round 2, pick|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 12): Miller took another step forward in the win over the Lions and appears to have asserted himself ahead of Taylor Gabriel in the pecking order for targets. He should be in WR3/Flex consideration going forward.
Week 11: vs Minnesota Vikings
FBG says: Bad matchup. After weeks of flailing badly as a passer, Mitchell Trubisky strung together a near-perfect Week 10. He hit on 23 of 30 throws against the Lions for 355 yards and 3 scores, and the numbers don't quite convey how efficiently his passing game hummed along. Most of his damage came from well-timed, well-placed throws into space that Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller (a combined 255 yards) turned into massive gains. Trubisky is still developing as a downfield passer, but can at least throw his receivers open into green grass, a skill that's now fed four massive fantasy days. It's hard to trust him too much, considering he completed just 55% of his throws over the previous 3 weeks and still averages a ho-hum 256 yards per game. Still, both he and his dynamic receiving corps are definitely on an upswing. Robinson looked like his 2014 self last Sunday, powering through the open field at will, while rookie Miller flashed game-breaking speed on a pair of long catches. Tight end Trey Burton is a redzone dynamo who's caught five touchdowns on the year, and Tarik Cohen is a handful out of the backfield. The Vikings pass defense has been on fire of late, holding each of its last 4 opposing quarterbacks under 240 yards. It's true that two of them were rookies Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold, but the other two were Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford. Brees couldn't find anything downfield beyond a few Michael Thomas completions, and the Vikings took Stafford down 10 times in the process of completely erasing his arm from the Detroit gameplan. There's been some drop-off in the coverage unit this year, with top cornerback Xavier Rhodes hobbled of late and both Trae Waynes and slot man Mackensie Alexander inconsistent. Tight ends are also finding room, with 4 producing 69 yards or more and 3 of those over 90. But the pass rush is still arguably the league's best, and the return of Everson Griffen has only made this unit more dynamic and prohibitive to passing games. Centerfield stud Harrison Smith remains a danger to throw at over the middle, and all told, this cannot be fun group to throw against.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Anthony Miller's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs DET (6 / 5 / 122 / 1 rec)
Anthony Miller's role in this offense continues to grow as his receiving yards have increased for the fifth consecutive week this week and he broke out with a huge game. Miller's day was primarily setup on two plays. The first play was an out route 15 yards downfield and Miller was able to shake off the defender who went high on the tackle which allowed Miller to score on a 45-yard touchdown. The second play was an in-route ten yards downfield, but Miller was able to find space in the zone, juke a safety and cut upfield for 55 yards. Miller will continue to rely on big plays to consistently have value, but he continues to develop and gain the coaches trust every week.
2018 Week 9 vs BUF (6 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Anthony Miller's role in this offense continues to grow especially as Allen Robinson missed another game this week. Miller led the team in targets and does a tremendous job going up and catching the ball at its high point as he does a tremendous job catching the ball with his hands instead of his body. Miller's role will be a question moving forward as the Bears may get Allen Robinson back this week. Miller lined up all over the field in this game including out of the slot and out wide which could indicate that he will continue to have a role even when Robinson returns.
2018 Week 8 vs NYJ (7 / 3 / 37 / 1 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
The signs continue to be there for the rookie that the Bears want to continue to get him involved in the deep passing attack especially with Allen Robinson sidelined during this game. Miller once again had seven targets in this game and after not being able to connect on his first three targets ended up making two spectacular catches one on a seam route in which Miller took a big hit from the safety and the other in the end zone for a touchdown in which he had the defender face guarding him but was still able to find the ball and get his feet in at the back of the end zone.
2018 Week 7 vs NE (7 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)
Miller continues to grow in this offense even though the results haven't been there. Miller saw seven targets in this game including several deep throws down the field. Trubisky came out after the game and talked about how he was impressed with Miller's route running ability throughout the game. Miller should have had a touchdown on a badly underthrown ball by Trubisky in which Miller had the perfect route if the ball was thrown deep enough, but it was underthrown by about 15 yards forcing Miller to slow down and have to come back to the ball which ended up being intercepted.
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