RB Lamar Miller - Houston Texans
|5-11, 212||Born: 4-25-1991||College: Miami (FL)||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2012|
Week 11: at Washington Redskins
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Texans running game has been a roller coaster so far this season as Lamar Miller who was coming off of back to back 100-yard games, severely regressed to the mean last week as he had just 21 yards on 12 carries. The Broncos have been trying to incorporate Alfred Blue more into this offense as he and Miller both have 30 carries each over the last two games. Blue who provides more of a power rushing attack has really struggled this year averaging just 3.2 yards per carry compared to Miller who has been the far more effective back at 4.2 yards per carry. The offensive line for Houston continues to be a problem and will likely be a problem for most of the season although it has exceeded expectations as it has risen from 31st to 23rd in Matt Bitonti's season rankings. The Redskins rushing attack over the course of the entire season has been one of the best units in football, although the cracks are starting to show over the last two weeks as the team has allowed 5.5 yards per carry to the Falcons and Buccaneers. The issue might be that the Redskins rely on some very young players who may be fatiguing a little bit in Da'Ron Payne and Jonathan Allen have struggled a little bit over the last two weeks in being the game-changing defensive lineman that we saw earlier this season. This is still a unit with a lot of talent around it and the sum of the parts on the year indicate that it is still a good defense, but may not be the elite defense it was to start the season. The good news for Washington is that they should have a significant advantage with all the issues that the Texans have had at the offensive line position.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Lamar Miller's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 9 vs DEN (12 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Talk about a rough day for Lamar Miller, 12 carries for 21 yards and 9 yards being his longest run of the day. Miller struggled to get anything rolling on the ground. He did have 2 receptions for 27 yards and a key first down catch for 16 yards to get the Texans out of the hole in terms of field position.
2018 Week 8 vs MIA (18 / 133 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The emergence of Lamar Miller has been huge for the health of Deshaun Watson and the winning streak the Texans have put together. Miller rushed for 133 yards which marked his second 100--yard game in a row. Miller even was able to show the explosion with the ball in his hands with a 58-yard run that saw him make defenders miss and use his speed to get into the secondary. Miller had a 2-yard touchdown run to start off the scoring for the offense. Miller also had runs of 19 and 15 to cut into the Dolphins defense which eventually opened up the passing game for Watson.
2018 Week 7 vs JAX (22 / 100 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Lamar Miller broke a 22-game streak on not rushing for 100-yards in a game. Against the Jaguars, Miller hit 100 on the head on 22 carries. If anything Miller looked spry and with some solid blocking up front he was able to eat up yards on the ground. He had a 5-yard touchdown run to score he first touchdown of the game. Miller only had two rushes for 10 yards or more but he was knocking holes in the Jaguars defense with small chunks. Miller only had one rush go for a negative gain the entire day.
2018 Week 6 vs BUF (15 / 46 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Back after missing last week's game with a chest injury and it continues to be up and down for Miller as a running back. 71 total yards on the day, Miller was rusty and struggling to make a difference in the run game. He did have some runs that looked solid and that was when he put his head down and hit the hole with a purpose. Miller's longest run was 11-yards but the biggest development was him getting some screen pass looks thrown his way. He turned one of the screen passes to a 16-yard gain and another check down for 9-yards. Miller continues to try and find his way in the offense and after a strong start the first two weeks he has been anything but that.
2018 Week 4 vs IND (14 / 49 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Another tough day for Lamar Miller on the ground, only putting up 49 rushing yards and no targets in the passing game. Miller's best run was 15-yard but he was sandwiched in-between to defenders and he did not return to the game. The loss of Miller is not considered serious but it was enough to keep him out of the game for the remainder of the day.
2018 Week 3 vs NYG (10 / 10 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 41 / 1 rec)
It was a terrible day for the Texans lead back. Lamar Miller has 13 yards on the ground and 5 receptions for 41 yards and a late garbage time touchdown reception with 1 second left in the game. He lost a key fumble in the game after the Texans were driving into Giants territory. The Texans abandoned the run game but used Miller in the passing game. If it wasn't for the fumble it might have not been as bad of day it ended up being for Miller.
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.
Latest NewsTexans | Lamar Miller facing tough test (Fri Nov 16, 10:30 PM) - Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller faces the Washington Redskins in Week 11, and the Redskins have allowed the fifth-fewest rushing yards per game this season. link to story Texans | Lamar Miller struggles against Denver (Sun Nov 4, 09:19 PM) - Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller rushed 12 times for 21 yards and caught two passes for 27 yards in a 19-17 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 9. link to story
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