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RB Lamar Miller - Miami Dolphins

5-11, 212Born: 4-25-1991College: Miami (FL)Drafted: Round 4

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Recent Stats and Projections

8 at NE 35 9 15 1 5 5 19 0 0 9.4
9 at BUF 56 12 44 2 7 7 97 0 0 26.1
10 at PHI 55 16 43 0 8 6 50 1 0 15.3
11 vs DAL 32 7 44 0 3 2 11 0 0 5.5
12 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 13 * * 4 * * * *
12 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 12 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs DAL (7 / 44 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Lamar Miller was able to rattle off big runs on his first two plays of the game, but was mostly a forgotten man on Sunday against the Cowboys, tallying just 9 touches total. It's not for a lack of trying though. Those 9 touches represented almost 25% of Miami's 41 offensive plays. With Tony Romo back under center for the Cowboys, Dallas owned the clock with long drives, primarily on the back of Darren McFadden and the offensive line. Miller ran with his usual aplomb, getting downhill, as the Miami offensive line and scheme has looked legitimate (for the most part) since the bye week. After working his way into the weekly RB1 conversation with his pass-catching in recent weeks, the catches, receiving yards and TDs dried up for Miller against Dallas. He was never going to average 6 catches and 70 yards per week, but he's been able to mitigate the lack of production in the running game in certain weeks by piling up catches and yards through the air. Far more worrisome than Miller's lack of catches on Sunday was Jay Ajayi's increasing workload. Miller out-touched Ajayi 9-6 on the day, and given the lack of plays for Miami, it's reasonable to expect 8-12 touches from Ajayi going forward. While Miller is still the clear-cut starter, Ajayi is beginning to handle entire series himself and is very much being featured. The close of the fantasy season for Lamar Miller owners may not be too kind.

2015 Week 10 vs PHI (16 / 43 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 50 / 1 rec)

Lamar Miller found very running lanes against a stouter than average Eagles run defense on Sunday. It's likely some Philadelphia defensive coaches were familiar with some of Bill Lazor's run schemes, as Lazor himself was a coach in Philadelphia with Chip Kelly during his first season in the NFL. There weren't many running lanes available for Miller, but since the bye, efficiency hasn't mattered for Miller. When he hasn't been efficient in games, he's made up for it with volume, receiving numbers and TDs. He's become a better than average receiver in four seasons in Miami. His first catch was when he was lined up as a receiver wide right and ran a straight go route. Although he tallied just 15 yards on 5 other catches, one was a well devised natural rub route where Rishard Matthews picked his man and the LB covering Miller, leaving the Miami RB to saunter into the end-zone. While he will undoubtedly lose work to the impressive Jay Ajayi, Miller is locked into a very strong weekly workload (15-20 touches at least) and is a strong weekly bet to find the end-zone.

2015 Week 9 vs BUF (12 / 44 / 2 rush, 7 / 7 / 97 / 0 rec)

Lamar Miller, along with Jarvis Landry, was once again the focal point of the Miami offensive attack, and it's starting to become glaringly obvious that Joe Philbin was allergic to getting Miller the ball when he was in charge. Despite losing for the entirety of the game, Miller still saw 19 total touches, with the majority of his damage coming in the passing game. There weren't many running lanes to find throughout the game, but Miller was lucky enough to capitalize on his two goal-line carries after Dion Sims and then Jay Ajayi were tackled at the 1-yard line on two separate occasions. It was the screen game where Miller ate up yards, as Bill Lazor devises some misdirection screens that had the Buffalo defense funneling one way and Miller leaking out for a screen on the other side of the field. This resulted in three separate big plays for the resurgent running back. After tallying 0 touchdowns in his first 4 games and not recording over 100 total yards in any of those contests, Miller has exploded for 132 total yards per game and 6 total TDs in his last four games. In his one dud yardage game against the Pats, he still salvaged the day with a TD. Locked into large workloads under Dan Campbell, Miller is an RB1 for the rest of the season, especially with his pass-catching prowess.

2015 Week 8 vs NE (9 / 15 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 19 / 0 rec)

As has been the pattern for the first 4 games of the season before Joe Philbin's firing, once the Dolphins went behind, Lamar Miller was ultimately a non-factor for most of the game. Miller still saw 14 total touches in the game, so it wasn't a complete disaster. However, the Pats were keyed in on stopping Miller early, and by the time he may have had a chance to find some holes, the Pats were already ahead by multiple scores and the running game was all but abandoned. While his night was disappointing on the whole, Miller was able to find the end-zone after Tannehill worked them down the field on the drive to start the second half. By garbage time in the fourth quarter, Miller was out of the game for Jonas Gray, but he ultimately saved his fantasy day with the TD plunge. Much like the Dolphins on the whole on Thursday, it was always going to be tough for Miller going into New England. On the bright side, he still saw 14 touches and found the end zone. So, there will be better opportunities for Miller going forward, but it's a reminder that the games against the AFC East are always difficult.

2015 Week 7 vs HOU (14 / 175 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 61 / 1 rec)

It was another easy day for Lamar Miller at the office on Sunday, as he ate up chunk yardage against a Texans team that looked afraid to tackle the Dolphins for most of the day. With a huge lead, Miller was rested the entire second half. However, that didn't stop him from producing 236 yards on just 17 touches in the first half. Houston gave up big play after big play to the Dolphins, and while Miller got chance after chance against a defeated Texans squad, he did make the most of his opportunities. Before he busted out his big touchdown catch and run and later, run, he was finishing runs and piling up yards, helping to set up the three earlier Miami touchdowns. He exploded in the second quarter, catching a delayed screen and running untouched straight up the sideline for Miami's 4th TD of the day. Then, late in the half, Miami ran right at J.J. Watt and Dallas Thomas of all people, sealed him off. Miller turned on the jets and ran right by the deep safety for an 85-yard TD run. His speed never looks like he's running at top speed, but his straight line speed is deceptive. Behind Miller, the Dolphins offense looks like it has finally found its footing. However, they must take advantage of their out of division schedule, as there are still 4 more games in the AFC East (2 vs. NE, 1 apiece vs. BUF, NYJ), and none of those defenses have been very forgiving to the Dolphins recently.

2015 Week 6 vs TEN (19 / 113 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

The Miami game-plan was very obvious coming out of the chute after a coaching change and bye week. Lamar Miller touched the ball on the first four plays of the game, and didn't really look back from there, as the Dolphins played with the lead for the entire game. With Branden Albert and Dion Sims back, the Dolphins decidedly went with some more pro-style sets in an effort to get Miller going. It worked, with the fourth-year back picking up chunk yardage mixed in with the steady 4-5 yard pickups that has become a staple of Miller's game over the past few years. While fantasy owners may not have had the greatest faith in Miller coming out of the bye, the ones who started him were rewarded with a TD near the end of the first half. Miller carried multiple Tennessee defenders into the end zone. After piling up over 100 yards and that TD on 15 first-half touches, and with Miami sitting on a 2-3 score lead for most of the second half, Miller was given some rest in the 4th quarter. Additionally, the Dolphins added a few touchdowns on the drives that he sat out, so he could've easily piled up some more yards and maybe another score. It's a strong reminder of how effective Miller can be when the Dolphins commit to running the ball and has their defense turned up. That combination has been effective for them when they've been successful in recent seasons. They'll have to continue that theme if they want to climb back into the AFC playoff race.

2015 Week 4 vs NYJ (7 / 26 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Lamar Miller too his first carry of the game on Sunday 13 yards on a well-designed zone stretch play. However, he only carried the ball 6 other times for 13 yards. It was the same old story for the Miller and the Dolphins offense as they refused to even try to establish a running game. After picking up a first down and then punting, the Jets scored on 3 of their first 4 possessions and never really looked back. It's interesting to see both Chip Kelly offenses (Kelly's actual offense in Philadelphia; and disciple Bill Lazor in Miami) struggle mightily so far this season. It certainly hasn't helped that the Dolphins defense has been unable to stop anyone. The game script really hasn't been Miller's favor in each of the first 4 games of the season, and with the clear lack of commitment to the running game, it's been really the worst case scenario for Miller owners. Joe Philbin is out, which doesn't necessarily mean there may be a stronger commitment to the run, but it certainly can't hurt. At this point, Miller is at his lowest point in value, so there's not much of a reason to sell low.

2015 Week 3 vs BUF (7 / 38 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

It really wasn't a bad day for Lamar Miller in terms of per touch numbers, however the game script went completely out of his favor and he saw the bench for good portions of the second half. Likely just a precaution as he was nursing a sore ankle this week, Miller didn't show any signs of it bothering him on Sunday. He took his first carry up the middle for a nice 4-yard gain, but that was the only carry he had in the game when the Dolphins weren't trailing. 65 yards on 10 touches is nothing to scoff at, but Jonas Gray definitely looked like a tough, rugged runner out of pro-style, QB under center sets. While that is not Bill Lazor's modus operandi as a Chip Kelly disciple, it will be interesting to see if the coaching staff starts writing some series or plays into the rotation for Gray. Miller isn't completely fried yet, but he's becoming less and less trustworthy until Miami finds their running game.

2015 Week 2 vs JAX (10 / 14 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 28 / 0 rec)

Miller was ineffective for Miami before hurting his ankle during the fourth quarter vs. the Jaguars. His line wasn't pretty, but he was able to somewhat salvage his day (at least for PPR owners) with 5 catches. There simply weren't many lanes to run for Miller, and he had a number of negative gains that set his numbers back as well. Once Branden Albert was injured and the Dolphins tied the game at 20 early in the third quarter, Bill Lazor should've looked to get the ground game going with his array of misdirection, zone blocking schemes and other plays ripped from the Chip Kelly playbook. However, both offenses stagnated as the defenses finally started putting pressure on the quarterbacks. Miller was likely held out as a precaution with the running game not going anywhere, but he'll have to be monitored through the week. Joe Philbin will likely be looking to fix the running game going forward, but with matchups against the Bills and Jets, Miami may have to wait until Week 5 vs. Tennessee to get Miller going.

2015 Week 1 vs WAS (13 / 53 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)

Lamar Miller got off to a really slow start, carrying the ball just 3 times in the first half as the Redskins dominated possession throughout the game, but especially in the first half. However, towards the end of the 3rd quarter, Miller and the zone-blocking scheme started making some magic. On exclusively stretch runs to the right, Miller started breaking off chunk of yardage, ultimately finishing the game with a respectable 4 YPC on just 13 totes. He also broke a screen loose for 22 yards on his only catch of the game. With as little possession as the Dolphins saw, the 14 touches that Miller received look like the floor he will see during a particular game this season. Damien Williams spelled Miller for a handful of snaps, and received two touches, not impressing on either of them. If the Miami offense does start humming, as many expect it to, the touches and touchdowns will come in bunches for Miller.


Latest News

Dolphins | Lamar Miller on scoring streak (Tue Nov 17, 07:05 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller has scored a touchdown in his last five games, becoming the first Miami player with such a streak since Ricky Williams in 2003. Miller failed to score a touchdown under previous head coach Joe Philbin.

Our View: The team has been built around Miller since Dan Campbell took over as the interim head coach. Fantasy owners should consider Miller a RB1 every week.
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Dolphins | Lamar Miller shows off versatility (Sun Nov 15, 07:53 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller had 16 carries for 43 yards and caught six passes for 50 yards and a touchdown in a 20-19 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 10.

Our View: Miller continues to flash his speed on receptions, even with a middling number of carries and poor game scripts the next two weeks. The Cowboys defense is no pushover next week but Miller has proven he is worthy of RB1 starts.
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