RB Lamar Miller - Miami Dolphins
|5-11, 212||Born: 4-25-1991||College: Miami (FL)||Drafted: Round 4|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 28): Miller still looks good, but the Dolphins use of him remains maddening, the team is going downhill fast, and any time we put him in our lineup now, we will feel hesitation. Don't dump Miller onto the waiver wire or trade him for pennies on the dollar, but probably keep him on the bench against the Jets.
Week 4: vs New York Jets
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. These two AFC East rivals renew their enmity in London on Sunday Morning - Lamar Miller has been a disappointment for fantasy owners so far this season, with 30/105/0 rushing and 9/77/0 receiving through three games. He posted a mere 7/38/0 rushing with 3/27/0 receiving during the divisional loss to Buffalo last week - Jonas Gray outran Miller with 9/49/0 to his credit during the loss. Miller had the Dolphins set up at the two yard line of Buffalo at one point in the game, but the coaches called four passes and ignored Miller in the red zone, a concern for fantasy owners. The Jets' rush D is ranked 18th in the NFL after three games, averaging 106.7 yards allowed per game, but with just one rushing score given out. Philadelphia posted 39/123/1 on the Jets last week - they are going in the wrong direction entering this showdown in London. Both groups have struggled in recent weeks - this looks like a neutral matchup to us.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
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 NewsDolphins | Lamar Miller yet to find end zone (Thu Oct 1, 12:20 AM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller has yet to find the end zone through three games, and it looks bleak that the streak will end against a randy New York Jets defense in Week 4 in London. However, in Week 17 against the Jets last season he piled up 178 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, and he has at least 72 rushing yards in three of his past four meetings with the Jets, including touchdowns in each of the past two. Our View: The Dolphins have been disappointing this year...on both sides of the ball. Miller is among the most disappointing running backs this year. We're not expecting him to do much against the Jets in London this week. Consider him a low-end RB2.
link to story Dolphins | Quiet game for Lamar Miller (Sun Sep 27, 08:50 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (ankle) had seven carries for 38 yards and three catches for 27 yards in a 41-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 3. Our View: Miller hasn't gotten in any kind of rhythm and it doesn't appear the Dolphins are going to let him. Even though Ryan Mathews got the Eagles running game going against the Jets this week, it's hard to like Miller against them in Week 4.
link to story Dolphins | Lamar Miller expected to play (Sun Sep 27, 10:34 AM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (ankle) is expected to play in the Week 3 game against the Buffalo Bills despite being listed as questionable. Our View: Miller is still a bottom of the barrel play against the Bills. Damien Williams might be the better desperation play in PPR even with Miller active.
link to story Dolphins | Questionable tag for Lamar Miller (Fri Sep 25, 05:32 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (ankle) was limited in practice for the second straight day Friday, Sept. 25, and is questionable for Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills. Our View: The Bills run defense is probably not going to budge too often against an offensive line missing Branden Albert, so Miller isn't a good start if active and there's no obvious easy RB2/Flex start if he's out. Damien Williams might be a solid PPR play with Miami likely being in pass mode most of the day.
Dolphins | Lamar Miller limited Thursday (Thu Sep 24, 07:26 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 24. Our View: It's just not happening for Miller and the Dolphins offense. Against the Bills in Week 3, we can only trust a banged up Miller as a RB2.
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