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RB Lamar Miller - Miami Dolphins

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

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Week 9: vs San Diego Chargers

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. The Dolphins have taken care of business and beat the teams they should have defeated over the past two weeks, with 24/148/0 rushing at Jacksonville (a 27-13 win) and 33/137/1 rushing at Chicago (a 27-13 win). Lamar Miller remains the lead back with 32/139/1 rushing and 5/43/0 receiving over that time span, with 11/43/0 rushing and 5/37/0 receiving doled out to Daniel Thomas in his change-of-pace role. The Chargers have not taken care of business in the past two weeks, dropping two games straight while allowing 30/139/2 rushing to the Broncos last week and and 39/154/1 rushing to the Chiefs two games ago. Advantage, Miami.

Recent Stats and Projections

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6 vs GB 14 53 1 3 3 40 0 1
7 at CHI 18 61 1 3 2 22 0 0
8 at JAX 14 78 0 3 3 21 0 0
9 vs SD PROJ-Dodds 16 * * 2 * * *
9 vs SD PROJ-Tremblay 16 * * 2 * * *
9 vs SD PROJ-Bloom 15 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs GB (14 / 53 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)

It was another slow start for Miller, who didn't finish with sterling yards per carry numbers (3.8), but started gaining some steam in the third quarter. It may be just a theme for the entire offense, but even dating back to last season, Miller has been a notorious slow starter. Last season, when the Miami running game would sputter, Mike Sherman would quickly abandon the ground attack. With the erratic rotation between Miller and Daniel Thomas, Miller never really had a fair shake. Whenever the third year back has received 15+ touches, he's produced. With Moreno looking tentative and uncomfortable with his bulky elbow brace, Miller started popping off his trademark straight line runs in the third quarter. He's been breaking more tackles than ever before, and is even more active in the passing game, securing all three targets he saw there. After Moreno struggled to convert from in close early in the game, Miller scoring from 5 yards out can only be considered good for his value going forward. Moreno has recovered relatively quickly from his dislocated elbow, and the Dolphins clearly love the intensity he brings to the table, but it's clear Miller isn't going away. While 2-3 isn't anything to write home about, the Dolphins got a boost with some healthy players returning to the lineup. Specifically, with Moreno and Mike Pouncey added to the fold, the running game should start to be featured more by Bill Lazor.

2014 Week 7 vs CHI (18 / 61 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

In his first week as the true #1 back in Miami with Knowshon Moreno out for the year, Lamar Miller ran hard, but didn't receive much help from his offensive line. His 20 touches still produced 83 total yards, and he was able to find the end-zone, which certainly qualifies as a strong afternoon for fantasy owners. It could've been a bigger day too, as Miller had another short TD run called back due to a penalty. Brandon Albert continues to dominate in the running game, but he was the only one opening any lanes for Miller on the offensive line. He was still able to fall forward in piles, never really giving ground away or getting stopped for a loss. Additionally, the third-year back is starting to absorb contact a little better, refusing to go down on first contact. His 38 yards after contact were the second most he's produced in a game this season despite only totaling 61 yards on the ground. Miller was listed on the injury report this week with an undisclosed ailment, so the fact that he played on 43 of 71 snaps probably isn't as concerning as fantasy owners may think. Daniel Thomas often had own series' to himself, and Damien Williams mixed in some too. But, with Miller seeing 20 touches on 43 snaps, it's clear Philbin and Lazor may have been protecting their #1 guy after Moreno went down. The game-flow was directly in Miller's favor for the entire game, so there will certainly be games where he doesn't reach 18 carries. However, his usage in the passing game and his efficiency running the ball (4.8 yards/carry) this season are signs that he should be a fairly steady RB2 going forward. He did drop a pass, a simple check-down, and ball security remains an issue, but there is no one getting in his way in the Miami backfield if he remains healthy.

2014 Week 8 vs JAX (14 / 78 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

Lamar Miller continues to improve on his breakout season, waiting until the second half to gash the Jags as the Dolphins cruised to a victory. He totaled just 29 yards in the first half, but had to be considered the bright spot in an offense that had barely touched the ball in the opening 30 minutes. Nursing a comfortable lead for the most of the second half, the Dolphins mixed in plenty of Daniel Thomas, but Miller started chewing up yards on the ground. He's clearly been improving as a runner, and Sunday's display was just another bunch of tape to add to the reel of his 2014 breakout campaign. Even last season, he'd often go down on first contact and would struggle to shake even arm tackles. This year, though, he's different. On Sunday, he forced four missed tackles, and piled up 46 of his 78 yards on the ground after contact. His most impressive run came on his 30-yard scamper in the third quarter, which set up Rishard Matthews' 3-yard touchdown. It was zone run left, as the offensive line pushed down. With Miller stationed to the right of Tannehill, there was a gaping hole for the former Miami Hurricane to run through. He wasn't done though, juking Jon Cyprien to the right and racing towards the plane of the goal-line. Demetrius McCray and Dwayne Gratz combined to save the touchdown, but the Dolphins punched it in shortly after. Improved running, and improved pass-catching skills will keep Miller very busy in the Miami offense. Daniel Thomas is actually running well, but isn't even close to a threat to Miller. Fantasy owners would've loved to see him convert from in close, but he wasn't really given the opportunity on Sunday. If 100 total yards and a few catches is Miller's baseline though, fantasy owners are getting a great return on their investment and Miller should continue to be a RB2.

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Latest News

Dolphins | Lamar Miller practicing with brace (Tue Oct 21, 02:13 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (knee) practiced with a brace on his right knee Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Our View: Just keep an eye on this situation. Miller is the clear lead back for the Dolphins, and Daniel Thomas is his primary backup. Make sure Miller is practicing without incident due to this brace.
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Dolphins | Lamar Miller should play (Fri Oct 17, 05:25 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (knee) was limited in practice for the third straight day Friday, Oct. 17, but is probable for Week 7 against the Chicago Bears.

Our View: Miller has never gotten the chance to carry a feature-back sized workload for an entire season, but that's what the Miami Dolphins are going to have to ask him to do with Knowshon Moreno sidelined for the season.
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Dolphins | Lamar Miller limited again (Thu Oct 16, 06:36 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (knee) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 16.

Our View: Just keep an eye on Miller here. He should--should--be able to practice fully on Friday and play on Sunday. He's a RB2 with upside as the Dolphins lead back.

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Schedule

9vs San Diego Chargers
10@ Detroit Lions
11vs Buffalo Bills
12@ Denver Broncos
13@ New York Jets
14vs Baltimore Ravens
15@ New England Patriots
16vs Minnesota Vikings
17vs New York Jets