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RB Lamar Miller - Houston Texans

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

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Summary

The Texans would like to manage Lamar Miller's carries more in 2017, hoping that he'll stay healthy and fresh for the entire season. An early season blitz of usage in 2016 may have been a factor in him hitting the wall and dealing with nagging injuries late last year. Make no mistake, Miller is the Texans lead back and primary source of rushing yards. Last year he handled 65% of the team's carries, which should be the case once again. Miller has not had less than 31 receptions in each of the last three years. He'll have the benefit of more receiving opportunities with Deshaun Watson under center, due to rookie quarterback's tendency to check down the ball more often. The Texans selected DOnta Foreman in the third round of the draft, but the early indication is that Alfred Blue will handle backup duties. Outside of an occasional breather, Miller doesn't have much competition and is projected to finish in the Top 20, a place he's been in for each of the last three years. (May 20)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 10, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 15, 15, 19
Overall Redraft - 22, 12, 17, 18, 19, 19, 21, 21, 21, 22, 22, 22, 23, 23, 24, 25, 28, 32, 33, 37, 49
RB Redraft PPR - 10, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 12, 14, 15, 15, 17
Overall Redraft PPR - 24, 13, 17, 19, 20, 21, 21, 22, 22, 22, 22, 23, 25, 25, 25, 29, 33, 38, 39, 45, 47, 49
RB Dynasty - 12, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18
Overall Dynasty - 28, 28, 29, 33, 34, 44

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2014 MIA 16 216 1099 8 52 38 275 1 3
2015 MIA 16 194 872 8 57 47 397 2 1
2016 HOU 14 268 1073 5 39 31 188 1 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 275 * * 35 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 15 260 * * 35 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 290 * * 39 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 298 * * 29 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 24
RB: 11
Overall-PPR: 26
RB-PPR: 11

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Latest News

Texans | Houston wants to keep Lamar Miller fresh (Wed Jun 21, 02:22 PM) - Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller received 268 carries in 2016 but likely will see a drop in his carries this season so the team could keep him fresher later in the season. Running backs coach Charles London said the team has a diverse group of running backs, which will allow the team to balance Miller's workload.

Our View: With the addition of rookie D'Onta Foreman, we could see a smaller amount of carries for Miller as the team tries to manage his touches. He can be just as effective on fewer touches if used the right way. Miller is more comfortable in this offense, and the team has better weapons around him. Fantasy owners should consider Miller a RB2 with RB1 upside.
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Texans | Bill O'Brien to be more 'hands on' in 2017 (Thu Jun 15, 03:43 PM) - John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that Texans head coach Bill O'Brien wants to be more 'hands on' in 2017. "I think one of the changes that needed to be made this year was for me to be more hands-on," O'Brien said Wednesday. "That's really what I love to do -- coach the players and be around the players. I love coaching these players."

Our View: O'Brien has to be starting to feel the heat given the failures of the offense during his tenure. We think he can improve its output but that will come down to the play of rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson. If he implodes, O'Brien will likely take the fall. Honestly, anything less than superb play over the next two years might not help O'Brien if the Texans don't get more than a cup of coffee in the playoffs. One and done with this defense is unacceptable.
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2017 Schedule

1vs Jacksonville Jaguars
2@ Cincinnati Bengals
3@ New England Patriots
4vs Tennessee Titans
5vs Kansas City Chiefs
6vs Cleveland Browns
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8@ Seattle Seahawks
9vs Indianapolis Colts
10@ Los Angeles Rams
11vs Arizona Cardinals
12@ Baltimore Ravens
13@ Tennessee Titans
14vs San Francisco 49ers
15@ Jacksonville Jaguars
16vs Pittsburgh Steelers
17@ Indianapolis Colts