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 Oct 20): This is a hold steady where a lot of us were expecting an upgrade. It appears that the Dolphins would rather use Daniel Thomas than truly feed Miller like a feature back. He maintains his strong RB2 value, but the RB1 tier is beyond his reach without the workhorse workload.
Week 8: at Jacksonville Jaguars
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Lamar Miller threw down 18/61/1 rushing and 2/22/0 receiving at Chicago last week, and had 14/53/1 rushing with 3/40/0 receiving vs. Green Bay two weeks ago. He is thriving as the starting running back for the Dolphins now that Knowshon Moreno is on IR and Miller is the clear lead back. Daniel Thomas is #2, and posted 7/25/0 rushing and 3/25/0 receiving in a subsidiary role at Chicago. The Jaguars' defense is quietly getting more stubborn - they held Cleveland's backs to 30/69/0 on the ground during last week's first victory of the season, and held Tennessee to 24/70/1 rushing two weeks ago. However, the Jaguars' starting lineup took a hit this week when it was learned that starting MLB Paul Posluszny went on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle, ending his season. We'll see how J.T. Thomas can step up to fill Posluszny's shoes starting this weekend. Miller is playing fairly well on a steady basis, while the Jaguars will be juggling their lineup this week - on balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for Miller and company.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 6 vs GB (14 / 53 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
It was another slow start for Miller, who didn't finish with sterling yards per carry numbers (3.8), but started gaining some steam in the third quarter. It may be just a theme for the entire offense, but even dating back to last season, Miller has been a notorious slow starter. Last season, when the Miami running game would sputter, Mike Sherman would quickly abandon the ground attack. With the erratic rotation between Miller and Daniel Thomas, Miller never really had a fair shake. Whenever the third year back has received 15+ touches, he's produced. With Moreno looking tentative and uncomfortable with his bulky elbow brace, Miller started popping off his trademark straight line runs in the third quarter. He's been breaking more tackles than ever before, and is even more active in the passing game, securing all three targets he saw there. After Moreno struggled to convert from in close early in the game, Miller scoring from 5 yards out can only be considered good for his value going forward. Moreno has recovered relatively quickly from his dislocated elbow, and the Dolphins clearly love the intensity he brings to the table, but it's clear Miller isn't going away. While 2-3 isn't anything to write home about, the Dolphins got a boost with some healthy players returning to the lineup. Specifically, with Moreno and Mike Pouncey added to the fold, the running game should start to be featured more by Bill Lazor.
2014 Week 7 vs CHI (18 / 61 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
In his first week as the true #1 back in Miami with Knowshon Moreno out for the year, Lamar Miller ran hard, but didn't receive much help from his offensive line. His 20 touches still produced 83 total yards, and he was able to find the end-zone, which certainly qualifies as a strong afternoon for fantasy owners. It could've been a bigger day too, as Miller had another short TD run called back due to a penalty. Brandon Albert continues to dominate in the running game, but he was the only one opening any lanes for Miller on the offensive line. He was still able to fall forward in piles, never really giving ground away or getting stopped for a loss. Additionally, the third-year back is starting to absorb contact a little better, refusing to go down on first contact. His 38 yards after contact were the second most he's produced in a game this season despite only totaling 61 yards on the ground. Miller was listed on the injury report this week with an undisclosed ailment, so the fact that he played on 43 of 71 snaps probably isn't as concerning as fantasy owners may think. Daniel Thomas often had own series' to himself, and Damien Williams mixed in some too. But, with Miller seeing 20 touches on 43 snaps, it's clear Philbin and Lazor may have been protecting their #1 guy after Moreno went down. The game-flow was directly in Miller's favor for the entire game, so there will certainly be games where he doesn't reach 18 carries. However, his usage in the passing game and his efficiency running the ball (4.8 yards/carry) this season are signs that he should be a fairly steady RB2 going forward. He did drop a pass, a simple check-down, and ball security remains an issue, but there is no one getting in his way in the Miami backfield if he remains healthy.
Latest NewsDolphins | Lamar Miller practicing with brace (Tue Oct 21, 02:13 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (knee) practiced with a brace on his right knee Tuesday, Oct. 21. Our View: Just keep an eye on this situation. Miller is the clear lead back for the Dolphins, and Daniel Thomas is his primary backup. Make sure Miller is practicing without incident due to this brace.
link to story Dolphins | Lamar Miller should play (Fri Oct 17, 05:25 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (knee) was limited in practice for the third straight day Friday, Oct. 17, but is probable for Week 7 against the Chicago Bears. Our View: Miller has never gotten the chance to carry a feature-back sized workload for an entire season, but that's what the Miami Dolphins are going to have to ask him to do with Knowshon Moreno sidelined for the season.
link to story Dolphins | Lamar Miller limited again (Thu Oct 16, 06:36 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (knee) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 16. Our View: Just keep an eye on Miller here. He should--should--be able to practice fully on Friday and play on Sunday. He's a RB2 with upside as the Dolphins lead back.
Dolphins | Could run the ball more (Thu Oct 16, 09:55 AM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller could be used more in the running game, in the opinion of beat writer Armando Salguero. The Dolphins rank third in rushing yards per attempt (5.0 yards per carry), sixth in rushing yards per game (136.2) but just 15th in rushing attempts per game with 27.4. Our View: We're excited to see Lamar Miller even in a tougher matchup. The good news is, he's the top back in Miami, so he'll get a ton of carries. But the matchup makes us feel RB2 is the best he'll do.
link to story Dolphins | Limited session for Lamar Miller (Wed Oct 15, 11:36 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (knee) was listed as a limited participant for practice Wednesday, Oct. 15, due to a knee ailment. link to story More News
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