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RB Lamar Miller - Houston Texans

5-11, 212Born: 4-25-1991College: Miami (FL)Drafted: Round 4, pick 2012

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 17): The Texans offense is coming around and their running game looks fine. Miller looks better than he did last year, although he's not being used in the passing game much. He'll be a low ceiling RB2/Flex against the Giants with patience recommended.

Week 3: vs New York Giants

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Lamar Miller was effective against the Titans last week as he rushed 14 times for 68 yards. Miller is averaging just under five yards per rush attempt as he has a firm hold on the lead running back for this Texans rushing offense. Alfred Blue was effective in limited opportunities last week, but he saw the field for only 25 percent of the snaps compared to Miller's 76 percent. Deshaun Watson showed his mobility off last week as well with five rushes for 44 yards. Watson was running early and often due to very poor play from his offensive line, but he managed to make a play through the air from outside the pocket more often than not. Through two games, Watson is right on par with his rushing average of 42 yards per game in six starts last season. Expect Watson's rushes to continue behind what has been a very weak offensive line. Miller has shown impressive individual effort, but the sustainability of this ground game must be in question given the line they are running behind--currently ranked near the bottom of the league per Matt Bitonti of Footballguys. The Giants run defense has been exploited in back to back games now, allowing 137 and 138 rushing yards respectively while allowing the fourth-highest rushing yards per attempt (5.2). A significant portion of this rushing productivity against the Giants has come from the quarterback position with both Blake Bortles and Dak Prescott rushing for over 40 yards. Deshaun Watson has shown he can make plenty of plays with his legs, so the Giants inability to trap the quarterback adds some nice upside to Watson this week. The matchup in the trenches here looks to favor the Giants, but the matchup on the interior will be one to watch as the top Texans blocker, center Nick Martin, faces off against All-Pro nose tackle Damon Harrison. Harrison has been on fire to start the season, particularly in run defense, so Martin and company will have their hands full as Lamar Miller is almost certain to be stonewalled by Harrison a few times. But if Miller can find a lane, the Giants linebackers and secondary have presented few challenges to opposing rushers.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at NE 57 20 98 0 2 1 11 0 0 10.9
2 at TEN 51 14 68 0 2 2 2 0 0 7
3 vs NYG PROJ-Dodds * 18 * * 2 * * * *
3 vs NYG PROJ-Tremblay * 17 * * 2 * * * *
3 vs NYG PROJ-Bloom * 17 * * 2 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Lamar Miller's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs TEN (14 / 68 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)

Not as successful day as last week but Lamar Miller is still doing good things on the ground. With the Texans behind the entire game, they have to go away from the running game and that means going away from Miller. His longest run was 18 yards but he was doing a good job of getting to open grass to eat up yards. Miller is showing a much better knack for breaking tackles. Miller was averaging 5.8 yard a carry through the first half and it is clear the Texans working the outside zone is right in line with Miller's strengths. Miller also had 2 receptions for 2 yards, one was a screen pass the other was a check down that were shut down immediately.

2018 Week 1 vs NE (20 / 98 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Knocking on the door step of rushing for a 100 yards, Lamar Miller had one of his better games for the offense. Ripping off a 31 yard run to get the Texans out from deep their own territory, Miller looks much stronger and quicker this season. He showed the ability to break tackles and more importantly gain positive yards. Still the Texans top back, Miller's 20 carries are right in his sweet spot of when he is most effective. Add in 1 reception for 11 yards, it was a good showing for Miller and the running game.

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Latest News

Texans | Lamar Miller runs for 68 yards (Sun Sep 16, 09:38 PM) - Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller rushed 14 times for 68 yards in Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans and he added two receptions for just two yards.

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Texans | Lamar Miller just misses triple digits (Sun Sep 9, 09:06 PM) - Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller rushed 20 times for 98 yards in the Week 1 loss against the New England Patriots and he also chipped in with one grab for 11 yards.

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Schedule

3vs New York Giants
4@ Indianapolis Colts
5vs Dallas Cowboys
6vs Buffalo Bills
7@ Jacksonville Jaguars
8vs Miami Dolphins
9@ Denver Broncos
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Washington Redskins
12vs Tennessee Titans
13vs Cleveland Browns
14vs Indianapolis Colts
15@ New York Jets
16@ Philadelphia Eagles
17vs Jacksonville Jaguars