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RB Lamar Miller - Houston Texans

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

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Dec 5): Miller went to the locker room after the first series on Sunday due to a rib injury, but he returned late in the first quarter and played throughout the rest of the game. He'll be evaluated further on Monday to determine the exact nature and severity of the injury.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 5): Miller continues to get banged up, and in Week 13 he was outperformed by two other running backs on the roster. He has a good matchup against the Colts in Week 14, but he is trending in the wrong direction.

General News (Fri Dec 9): partially participated in Friday's practice but is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.

General News (Thu Dec 8): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Dec 7): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 14: at Indianapolis Colts

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Lamar Miller double-dipped in the TD department against Indianapolis back in Week Six (24/149/1 rushing with four targets for 3/29/1 receiving), helping his team to a 26-23 win over Indianapolis. Alfred Blue chipped in 2/13/0 rushing to the team effort that day. Right now, the Texans, the Titans and the Colts are tied for the lead in the AFC South at 6-6 - this is an key game for almost everyone in the division (except the Jaguars). Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Miller had a ribs injury during the game at Green Bay last week, and was limited to 14/22/0 rushing with one target for 1/-4/0 receiving during the game last week. He's a shaky fantasy prospect as of mid-week - keep an eye on Footballguys.com's Players in the News as the weekend approaches to see if he practices later this week. If Miller can't go at Indianapolis, Alfred Blue (5/38/0 rushing with two targets for 2/3/0 receiving last week) and Jonathan Grimes (5/43/0 rushing with one target for 1/15/0 receiving) would likely split the work during Week 14. This is a fluid situation, folks. The Colts' rush defense is currently 20th in the NFL averaging 109.6 yards allowed per game, with eight rushing scores handed over to date. The Jets' pathetic effort last Monday night yielded 14/36/0 rushing, but two weeks ago LeVeon Bell busted out for 23/120/1 rushing and five targets for 4/22/0 receiving at Indianapolis. From Week 10 to Week 13 of regular season (the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on byes during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Indianapolis averages 15.4 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (10th-least in the NFL). This looks like a tough matchup for the beat-up Texans' backfield.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
10 at JAX 24 15 83 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.3
11 at OAK 57 24 104 1 3 2 9 0 0 17.3
12 vs SD 49 19 57 0 4 3 18 0 1 6.5
13 at GB 31 14 22 0 1 1 -4 0 0 1.8
14 at IND PROJ-Dodds * 16 * * 2 * * * *
14 at IND PROJ-Tremblay * 13 * * 1 * * * *
14 at IND PROJ-Bloom * 15 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 13 vs GB (14 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -4 / 0 rec)

The Texans prized free agent at running back continued his struggles running the football and only averaging 1.6 yards a rush. What made the day worse was how many yards Miller left on the field due to poor vision. The Texans offensive line opened many holes on the field but the amount missed opportunities for big plays is concerning. Miller also left the game for a short time due to a rib injury. Miller's longest run of the day was only 5 yards which is a huge red flag. Add some pass protection mishaps also the Texans opted for more Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes late in the game.

2016 Week 12 vs SD (19 / 57 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

It was tough sledding for Lamar Miller and the run game and even though he did bust some runs, it was a disappointed day. Miller's longest run was 20 yards but it ended in a fumble and it changed the momentum of the game. Early in the 1st quarter, Miller had a simple 6 yard run and if he would have cut where the play was designed, he would have been off to the races for a possible 70+ yard touchdown scamper with no defender there to stop him. Miller is a volume runner and his shoulder is taking its toll on how he runs the football. Miller did have 3 receptions for 18 yards with his longest being 11 yards on a dump off down the sideline.

2016 Week 11 vs OAK (24 / 104 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

The only back that was pretty much on the field for the Texans and he ended up rushing for 104 yards. His longest run came on a 33 yard run that was initially ruled a touchdown but replay showed Miller stepping out at the one yard line. Miller did have a one yard touchdown run mid-3rd quarter helping cap off a solid day.

2016 Week 10 vs JAX (15 / 83 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

His shoulder issue is not going away and it limited him this week one again when the game wore on. Miller was slowed early then busted a 45 yard run that set the Texans up for their first score of the game. It was the first run all season that Miller was able to get into open field but a rare time when he was run down by a defender. Miller had a few runs of success but it was short gains for most of the game until he had an ankle grabbed during a tackle that caused him to miss some time on the field. There were no passes in his direction but his health is slowly becoming a concern.

2016 Week 8 vs DET (17 / 56 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

A shoulder injury cut into his his work on the field but he gutted out a game with 17 rushes and two receptions. He had a key drop early in the game but he was timid and left yards on the field. It was clear he was favoring his shoulder on the field but still had solid runs. His best run was a 10 yard gain late in the 4th quarter when the Texans were trying to ice the game. Miller had a one yard touchdown run where he had to break through a tackle to get into the endzone.

2016 Week 7 vs DEN (11 / 61 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 6 / 0 rec)

Lamar Miller had another productive game but his snaps were cut in half due to taking a shot in his shoulder/neck area on his 25 yard run. Miller was eating up yards and was getting chunk after chunk running the ball. Miller is becoming more comfortable with his role in the offense and it is showing with his production. Miller also caught three passes for six yards, but his day was clouded by sitting on the sidelines dealing with his undisclosed injury.

2016 Week 6 vs IND (24 / 149 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 29 / 1 rec)

It was Lamar Miller's break out game for the Texans and this was even with two runs to 10+ yards negated due to holding penalties. Miller was eating up chunks of yards on the field and had runs of 10+ yard multiple times and it was due to him getting out on the edges. He also showed a nose for running the ball in-between the tackles and had his first rushing touchdown on a one yard touchdown plunges in the 3rd quarter. Miller's play of the game came in the 4th quarter where he caught a dump off pass and turned it into a catch and run by making 6 to 7 Colts defenders miss him for a 10 yard touchdown reception. Miller has finally looked like the game breaker most thought he would look like and it is coming into settling into his offensive role with the team.

2016 Week 5 vs MIN (8 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

It was Lamar Miller's worst production of the season with only 8 carries for 20 yards, and his longest run was four yards. He had a screen pass for for four yards. Miller had three pass targets in all but they were desperation throws from Osweiler to save himself from being hit. Miller was a non-factor for the offense and the Texans getting behind quick they moved away from him in a hurry trying to play catch-up.

2016 Week 4 vs TEN (19 / 82 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Things are looking up for Lamar Miller and the Texans have finally adjusted their scheme to being a zone blocking team after failed attempts to be a power running team. Miller looked much decisive running the ball and hitting creases in a hurry. Runs early for plenty of five and six yards gains, Miller looked like the version of what made him threat in Miami. Miller also had at least three runs if he broke a tackle he would have broken some home run type runs. Also, the Texans finally ran a screen pass for Miller the resulted 10 yards. The Texans have also continued to use Miller as a check down option and caught a pass for 11 yards in a decent catch and run in the middle of the field. Miller's overall touches went down but his production went up under new play calling.

2016 Week 3 vs NE (21 / 80 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)

The Texans continues to push Lamar Miller and it came with 24 total touches on the day and him running the ball 21 times. His longest run of the day was 15 yards and another interesting day. Patience should be used with Miller because of him still learning the offense. The Texans have gone back to more inside zone to help him out and it worked later int he game with a handful of 5 to 6 yard gains. He is still working on his steps running the ball and and he is slow through the hole still trying to figure out how to read blocks. Miller's yards per carry went up each quarter, after Osweiler started taking check downs and not forcing the ball down field. There was room for Miller to work but he was not seeing the holes like most would expect.

2016 Week 2 vs KC (25 / 83 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

The Texans continue to depend on Lamar Miller to be a runner inside the tackles which is still a work in progress. Miller's longest run was 8 yards on the day but he did have runs of 11 and 12 negated due to penalties but the offense is hell-bent on making him an inside runner. Miller's best play of the day came on a 4th down conversion where they worked him out of the backfield for a 9 yard reception and a first down. Miller is still trying to get a feel for the Texans offense. With 25 runs, Miller is getting some decent blocking but just failing to see the holes and capitalize on his end as a runner. Miller continues to be a volume runner and it appears to be a patience game with Miller who is being asked to be a type of runner he has never been before.

2016 Week 1 vs CHI (28 / 106 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 11 / 0 rec)

High volume of touches but little real explosive plays from Lamar Miller in his first game with the Texans. His longest run was 12 yards on a well designed run but the Texans had him working inside the tackles which is not his strong suit. There was not much flash for Miller up the gut and it was a handful of 3 to 4 yard carries for the new feature back. Miller also had four reception in dump off fashion but he was tackled immediately. There were running lanes for Miller but running between the tackles is not his strong suit and how many touches he received is something to monitor moving forward.

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Latest News

Texans | Lamar Miller likely will play (Fri Dec 9, 07:56 PM) - Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle, ribs) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 9, but is not on the injury report for Week 14.

Texans | Lamar Miller limited at practice (Thu Dec 8, 09:17 PM) - Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle, ribs) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 8.

Our View: The injury and an overall poor offense means Miller could have some tough road to run this weekend. The Colts are a bad defense, but they might stack the box and make Brock Osweiler beat them in the air, something he struggles with. Miller is a borderline RB2/RB3 this week. It's a great matchup in theory, but the ribs and the offense dampen the upside.
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Texans | Lamar Miller listed as limited (Wed Dec 7, 06:21 PM) - Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle, ribs) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 7.

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Texans | Lamar Miller mostly bottled up (Sun Dec 4, 09:13 PM) - Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller rushed 14 times for just 22 yards in the Week 13 game against the Green Bay Packers. He also had one catch for minus-4 yards on his only target.

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Texans | Lamar Miller back in the game (Sun Dec 4, 01:30 PM) - Updating a previous report, Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller (ribs) has returned to the team's Week 13 game after being cleared by the medical staff.

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Schedule

14@ Indianapolis Colts
15vs Jacksonville Jaguars
16vs Cincinnati Bengals
17@ Tennessee Titans