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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 the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): Miller finally found his cutback lanes for big gains, and his moves on his touchdown reception were awe-inspiring. After his worst game of the year against the Vikings, Miller showed what the Texans envisioned when they signed him to a big deal this offseason - speed, quickness, and the ability to be a true workhorse. This week vs. Denver might not be as good, but Miller's Week 6 did a lot to dispel fears about his weekly fantasy ceiling.

Week 7: at Denver Broncos

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Lamar Miller finally found the end zone last weekend, pushing in a rushing and a receiving TD against the Colts (24/149/1 rushing with four targets for 3/29/1) during a 26-24 OT win over the Texans AFC South rivals. This week, the Texans will look to get revenge for their starting quarterback, Brock Osweiler, who was spurned by John Elway and the Broncos during the off-season this past spring. If Miller can keep producing 100+ yards rushing for the Texans (he's done that twice this season, and has had 100+ yards combined four times in six games) it will be easier to notch a 'W' in Denver this weekend. The Broncos' rush defense is ranked 22nd in the NFL right now, averaging 112.7 yards allowed per game, with six rushing scores handed out to date. Last week, San Diego managed 29/99/0 rushing vs. Denver; two weeks ago the Falcons' backs took Denvers' defense apart, with 32/122/1 rushing and then also six targets for 4/132/1 receiving by Tevin Coleman. From Week Four to Week Six of regular season (the last three weeks), Denver averages 20.2 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (13th-most in the NFL). Miller is a good dual-threat back - this looks like a good matchup for him.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at NE 54 21 80 0 5 4 27 0 0 10.7
4 vs TEN 51 19 82 0 3 3 26 0 0 10.8
5 at MIN 42 8 20 0 3 1 4 0 0 2.4
6 vs IND 59 24 149 1 4 3 29 1 0 29.8
7 at DEN PROJ-Dodds * 19 * * 3 * * * *
7 at DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 20 * * 3 * * * *
7 at DEN PROJ-Bloom * 17 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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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