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RB Lamar Miller - Houston Texans

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

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17 vs NE 39 19 60 0 2 1 3 0 0 6.3

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 17 vs NE (19 / 60 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

In possibly his final game as a Dolphin, Lamar Miller saw his second most carries in a game during 2015. After busting outside early for a gain of 29, he was bottled by a run defense that was getting Rob Ninkovich back and saw Jamie Collins back to his old self after an illness had sapped him of some his weight during the middle of the season. While the Miami offensive line was strong against the pass rush, they weren't getting much push against the New England front-7. After the game, the 4th-year back was non-committal to his future. Miller averaged 4.5 yards per carry for his third time in 4 years in Miami, the Dolphins "held" him to under 200 carries for the third time in 4 years as well. The free agent running back market has been devalued in a big way over the last several years, but Miller will be one player who will command a decent number. The Dolphins would be wise to hang onto him, and his slight drop in touches may be a way of trying to get a discount on him.

2015 Week 16 vs IND (15 / 31 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 36 / 0 rec)

It was another slow day running the ball for Lamar Miller on Sunday, as there were very few holes for the free agent to be to run through. He mostly split series with Jay Ajayi, and was fortunate enough to get a goal-line carry after Ajayi failed twice from the 1-yard line in the second quarter. Miller additionally salvaged his day a little more with some good work in the passing game, but it still remains an enigma as to why the Dolphins are hesitant to commit to the run and give him the ball. With his impending free agency, Miller will certainly have the option to leave for a job where he's guaranteed touches. However, with the deflated running back contracts and more specialized RBs in the league, it's not likely that Miller will make significantly more elsewhere. That means he'll have a decision to make to leave his hometown of Miami for nothing more than a modest raise.

2015 Week 15 vs SD (9 / 12 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Lamar Miller started and was given plenty of carries early by Zac Taylor. He even caught a few passes out of the backfield and helped Miami pick up a few of their first downs in the first half. However, with the Dolphins falling way behind and getting thoroughly dominated at the line of scrimmage, Miller had few running lanes. After two carries early in the second half, which predictably came to nothing, Miller took a seat in favor of Jay Ajayi. The word was mixed after the game; Miller said he hurt his quad, but could've come back into the game. Dan Campbell said that Ajayi was doing well, so he stuck on the field. Either way, it appears Miller was fine to return to the game, but simply didn't. The writing is on the wall here; Miller was looking for three strong games to close the season for his second consecutive 1,000 yard season, but now it looks very unlikely that he'll eclipse that mark. While he could definitely get paid more to go elsewhere in free agency, running backs have been devalued enough where it's feasible that he could re-sign with Miami.

2015 Week 14 vs NYG (12 / 89 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Lamar Miller looked unstoppable in the first half against a leaky New York run defense, repeatedly gashing through the defense for chunk yardage, including two big TDs. He then went missing in the second half, as even though the Dolphins were squarely in a competitive game, they all but abandoned the run, and the offense got stuck in the mud. Miller did his damage in a number of different ways for the Dolphins. His first touchdown came on a blitz from the Giants. The run was designed up the middle, but he instead bounced outside and was free to scamper into the end zone from 14 yards out. His next run was even better, as another designed run up the middle was nearly thwarted, but he shook off multiple Giant defenders, and finished his run through the middle of the field. In a competitive game, with the Miami defense unable to really stop Eli Manning and Tannehill and the passing offense struggling, it would've made perfect sense to ride Miller in the second half. However, Campbell, Taylor, and company had other plans. The Dolphins came out throwing in the second half, scored first, to take a 24-17 lead, but never stopped attempting passes. They didn't score the final 25 minutes of the game and never were really close. With Miller's impending free agency, a conspiracy theorist could surmise that they're attempting to deflate his value a bit in an effort to resign him. However, the Dolphins have never shown, consistently, that they want to give Miller the ball. His free agency will be one of the key fantasy stories of the offseason for the Dolphins.

2015 Week 13 vs BAL (20 / 113 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Lamar Miller received just 20+ carries for the second time in his career and for the first time in nearly 2 years. Against a traditionally stout run defense and one that has been very strong again this season, Miller found running room from the 1st quarter onward. He was decisive in his running, getting downhill as soon as possibly, often finding the second level. However, he was really the only way the Dolphins could move the ball, as Ryan Tannehill struggled for a rhythm and consistency all day while operating a run-first conservative game-plan. This really limited Miller's upside on the day, as the Dolphins never made it into the red zone. Despite never trailing in the game and being up 15-0 at one point, the Ravens had a nearly 2-1 time of possession advantage, which also hindered Miller's potential. The way he was running, Miller probably would've seen around 30 carries if the Dolphins had been able to sustain any drives. In a potential disaster with time winding down in the 4th quarter, Miller lost his awareness at the end of another strong run, allowing Courtney Upshaw to strip him. However, the Miami defense stood up and Justin Tucker missed his 5th consecutive FG of over 50 yards. What's a good sign going forward, Miller wasn't relegated to the bench at the end of the game. He was back out there on the next drive and helped the Dolphins pick up a few first downs to put the game on ice. Miller will hold off Jay Ajayi for most of the rest of the season, besides in game-plan specific situations, and Sunday's performance should have Miami locking him into 15-20 carries, at least, per game.

2015 Week 12 vs NYJ (5 / 2 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)

Similar to a few weeks early in the season, Lamar Miller was a bust against the Jets in Week 12. While the New York run defense is no slouch, the 58-9 pass-to-run ratio was mind-numbing. It probably ended up getting Bill Lazor fired too. It's obviously not Miller's fault, the Jets have a fierce run defense. He did catch a 17-yard pass early in the game, but proceeded to give all of those yards back on a screen later in the game. With Miller headed toward a free agent year, it will be interesting to see how high his usage is with interim offensive coordinator Zac Taylor. With Ajayi having a checkered injury past, and the possibility that chronic knee issues could shorten his career, the Dolphins will have to figure out if they want to resign Miller and have a committee-based attack. While he's not the slam dunk RB1 for the rest of the season that he was even just 3 weeks ago, Miller will remain the starter, and with a favorable schedule down the stretch, should be able to post some decent numbers.

2015 Week 11 vs DAL (7 / 44 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Lamar Miller was able to rattle off big runs on his first two plays of the game, but was mostly a forgotten man on Sunday against the Cowboys, tallying just 9 touches total. It's not for a lack of trying though. Those 9 touches represented almost 25% of Miami's 41 offensive plays. With Tony Romo back under center for the Cowboys, Dallas owned the clock with long drives, primarily on the back of Darren McFadden and the offensive line. Miller ran with his usual aplomb, getting downhill, as the Miami offensive line and scheme has looked legitimate (for the most part) since the bye week. After working his way into the weekly RB1 conversation with his pass-catching in recent weeks, the catches, receiving yards and TDs dried up for Miller against Dallas. He was never going to average 6 catches and 70 yards per week, but he's been able to mitigate the lack of production in the running game in certain weeks by piling up catches and yards through the air. Far more worrisome than Miller's lack of catches on Sunday was Jay Ajayi's increasing workload. Miller out-touched Ajayi 9-6 on the day, and given the lack of plays for Miami, it's reasonable to expect 8-12 touches from Ajayi going forward. While Miller is still the clear-cut starter, Ajayi is beginning to handle entire series himself and is very much being featured. The close of the fantasy season for Lamar Miller owners may not be too kind.

2015 Week 10 vs PHI (16 / 43 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 50 / 1 rec)

Lamar Miller found very running lanes against a stouter than average Eagles run defense on Sunday. It's likely some Philadelphia defensive coaches were familiar with some of Bill Lazor's run schemes, as Lazor himself was a coach in Philadelphia with Chip Kelly during his first season in the NFL. There weren't many running lanes available for Miller, but since the bye, efficiency hasn't mattered for Miller. When he hasn't been efficient in games, he's made up for it with volume, receiving numbers and TDs. He's become a better than average receiver in four seasons in Miami. His first catch was when he was lined up as a receiver wide right and ran a straight go route. Although he tallied just 15 yards on 5 other catches, one was a well devised natural rub route where Rishard Matthews picked his man and the LB covering Miller, leaving the Miami RB to saunter into the end-zone. While he will undoubtedly lose work to the impressive Jay Ajayi, Miller is locked into a very strong weekly workload (15-20 touches at least) and is a strong weekly bet to find the end-zone.

2015 Week 9 vs BUF (12 / 44 / 2 rush, 7 / 7 / 97 / 0 rec)

Lamar Miller, along with Jarvis Landry, was once again the focal point of the Miami offensive attack, and it's starting to become glaringly obvious that Joe Philbin was allergic to getting Miller the ball when he was in charge. Despite losing for the entirety of the game, Miller still saw 19 total touches, with the majority of his damage coming in the passing game. There weren't many running lanes to find throughout the game, but Miller was lucky enough to capitalize on his two goal-line carries after Dion Sims and then Jay Ajayi were tackled at the 1-yard line on two separate occasions. It was the screen game where Miller ate up yards, as Bill Lazor devises some misdirection screens that had the Buffalo defense funneling one way and Miller leaking out for a screen on the other side of the field. This resulted in three separate big plays for the resurgent running back. After tallying 0 touchdowns in his first 4 games and not recording over 100 total yards in any of those contests, Miller has exploded for 132 total yards per game and 6 total TDs in his last four games. In his one dud yardage game against the Pats, he still salvaged the day with a TD. Locked into large workloads under Dan Campbell, Miller is an RB1 for the rest of the season, especially with his pass-catching prowess.

2015 Week 8 vs NE (9 / 15 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 19 / 0 rec)

As has been the pattern for the first 4 games of the season before Joe Philbin's firing, once the Dolphins went behind, Lamar Miller was ultimately a non-factor for most of the game. Miller still saw 14 total touches in the game, so it wasn't a complete disaster. However, the Pats were keyed in on stopping Miller early, and by the time he may have had a chance to find some holes, the Pats were already ahead by multiple scores and the running game was all but abandoned. While his night was disappointing on the whole, Miller was able to find the end-zone after Tannehill worked them down the field on the drive to start the second half. By garbage time in the fourth quarter, Miller was out of the game for Jonas Gray, but he ultimately saved his fantasy day with the TD plunge. Much like the Dolphins on the whole on Thursday, it was always going to be tough for Miller going into New England. On the bright side, he still saw 14 touches and found the end zone. So, there will be better opportunities for Miller going forward, but it's a reminder that the games against the AFC East are always difficult.

2015 Week 7 vs HOU (14 / 175 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 61 / 1 rec)

It was another easy day for Lamar Miller at the office on Sunday, as he ate up chunk yardage against a Texans team that looked afraid to tackle the Dolphins for most of the day. With a huge lead, Miller was rested the entire second half. However, that didn't stop him from producing 236 yards on just 17 touches in the first half. Houston gave up big play after big play to the Dolphins, and while Miller got chance after chance against a defeated Texans squad, he did make the most of his opportunities. Before he busted out his big touchdown catch and run and later, run, he was finishing runs and piling up yards, helping to set up the three earlier Miami touchdowns. He exploded in the second quarter, catching a delayed screen and running untouched straight up the sideline for Miami's 4th TD of the day. Then, late in the half, Miami ran right at J.J. Watt and Dallas Thomas of all people, sealed him off. Miller turned on the jets and ran right by the deep safety for an 85-yard TD run. His speed never looks like he's running at top speed, but his straight line speed is deceptive. Behind Miller, the Dolphins offense looks like it has finally found its footing. However, they must take advantage of their out of division schedule, as there are still 4 more games in the AFC East (2 vs. NE, 1 apiece vs. BUF, NYJ), and none of those defenses have been very forgiving to the Dolphins recently.

2015 Week 6 vs TEN (19 / 113 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

The Miami game-plan was very obvious coming out of the chute after a coaching change and bye week. Lamar Miller touched the ball on the first four plays of the game, and didn't really look back from there, as the Dolphins played with the lead for the entire game. With Branden Albert and Dion Sims back, the Dolphins decidedly went with some more pro-style sets in an effort to get Miller going. It worked, with the fourth-year back picking up chunk yardage mixed in with the steady 4-5 yard pickups that has become a staple of Miller's game over the past few years. While fantasy owners may not have had the greatest faith in Miller coming out of the bye, the ones who started him were rewarded with a TD near the end of the first half. Miller carried multiple Tennessee defenders into the end zone. After piling up over 100 yards and that TD on 15 first-half touches, and with Miami sitting on a 2-3 score lead for most of the second half, Miller was given some rest in the 4th quarter. Additionally, the Dolphins added a few touchdowns on the drives that he sat out, so he could've easily piled up some more yards and maybe another score. It's a strong reminder of how effective Miller can be when the Dolphins commit to running the ball and has their defense turned up. That combination has been effective for them when they've been successful in recent seasons. They'll have to continue that theme if they want to climb back into the AFC playoff race.

2015 Week 4 vs NYJ (7 / 26 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Lamar Miller too his first carry of the game on Sunday 13 yards on a well-designed zone stretch play. However, he only carried the ball 6 other times for 13 yards. It was the same old story for the Miller and the Dolphins offense as they refused to even try to establish a running game. After picking up a first down and then punting, the Jets scored on 3 of their first 4 possessions and never really looked back. It's interesting to see both Chip Kelly offenses (Kelly's actual offense in Philadelphia; and disciple Bill Lazor in Miami) struggle mightily so far this season. It certainly hasn't helped that the Dolphins defense has been unable to stop anyone. The game script really hasn't been Miller's favor in each of the first 4 games of the season, and with the clear lack of commitment to the running game, it's been really the worst case scenario for Miller owners. Joe Philbin is out, which doesn't necessarily mean there may be a stronger commitment to the run, but it certainly can't hurt. At this point, Miller is at his lowest point in value, so there's not much of a reason to sell low.

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.


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