RB Lamar Miller - Miami Dolphins
|5-11, 212||Born: 4-25-1991||College: Miami (FL)||Drafted: Round 4|
News you need to know
From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Sep 15): Miller left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter with a right ankle injury of unspecified severity, and did not return to action. He'll be evaluated further on Monday. Initial indications are that the ankle injury could cost Miller a game or two, depending on the outcome of Monday's tests.
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Miller should take over the lead back job in Miami with Knowshon Moreno out for at least 4 weeks after suffering a dislocated elbow, but it's hard to know what that's worth after one great week and one poor week for the Miami offense. Miller was banged up himself, so monitor his practice participation before plugging him in as an RB1 against the Chiefs this week.
General News (Tue Sep 16): left the Week 2 game against the Buffalo Bills in a walking boot Sunday, Sept. 14, and his status for Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs isn't known.
Week 3: vs Kansas City Chiefs
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Miami lost Knowshon Moreno for the foreseeable future in Week 2 - he suffered an ugly dislocation of his left elbow and will be out 4-8 weeks as a result. Lamar Miller ran for 11/46/0 and added 2/7/0 receiving in the absence of Moreno last week - he figures to be the lead back for Miami going forwards (until Moreno returns). Daniel Thomas was picked up off the scrap heap after Moreno's injury, but we don't see him as much of a threat to Miller's touches at this point in time. The Chiefs rush D averages 125.0 yards rushing allowed per game (23rd in the NFL), but has zero rushing scores handed out to date. Denver was held to 19/88/0 rushing last week, while Tennessee piled up 38/162/0 rushing by Shonn Greene and company in Week 1. This unit has been up and down to start the season. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup between struggling units to us.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 1 vs NE (11 / 59 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 19 / 1 rec)
Lamar Miller "started" Sunday's Week 1 matchup against the Patriots, rotating and ultimately losing snaps by the end of the game to Knowshon Moreno. He finished the game out-snapped by Moreno 48-27, but that's not a complete blow to his fantasy value. Of his 27 snaps, Miller touched the ball 15 times, which is a phenomenal usage rate for how few snaps he played. New offensive coordinator Bill Lazor wants to run the ball, so even if Moreno continues to out-snap Miller, there still could be value for the third-year back from Miami. While it's clear Moreno is a better pure runner than his younger teammate, Lazor is certainly adept at knowing how to use his backs. The zone-blocking scheme favors both runners, as Miller does a nice job of sticking his foot in the ground, getting downhill, and picking up yards. He may sometimes cost himself a few yards with poor vision, but with an offensive line that looks capable of getting some push, and a friendly scheme, there will be yards to be had in this offense. Additionally, despite Moreno's dominance in the passing game in Denver last year, Miller was targeted five times to Moreno's 0 in Week 1. While this could change based on the matchups, Miller's straight line speed has Lazor looking to utilize him out of the backfield. His TD catch yesterday was a perfect example of this; he flew out of the backfield at the snap, Rob Ninkovich was left in the dust, and it was an easy TD for Miller. Miller's lost fumble was a classic case of helmet into ball. It didn't immediately dictate playing time, as the Dolphins still rotated Miller and Moreno throughout the rest of the half. Later in the game, though, with the Dolphins nursing a lead, Moreno was the guy. That may've had more to do with Moreno being a better overall runner. The issue for Miller will be game-flow. This game set up for him to share a good second-half workload with Moreno, but his teammate was carving up the Pats D. Can we trust Joe Philbin in saying that he wants a relatively even split in the backfield? Miller looks like a decent flex if the offense continues to be efficient, but guessing his workload week-to-week will be a pain.
2014 Week 2 vs BUF (11 / 46 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Miller drew the "start" once again, but was out at the start of Miami's second drive in favor of Knowshon Moreno. Any plans for a performance similar to the New England game quickly went out the window after Moreno went down on his second snap. Miller shouldered most of the running back load from that point on, logging 54 total snaps over the course of the game. Miller owners would have expected more than the 13 touches he received, but a heavy workload wasn't in the cards after the Dolphins fell behind. It's clear Bill Lazor likes to use Miller as a receiver out of the backfield in space. Unfortunately, Miller's hands sometimes let him down as he dropped multiple passes yesterday. You can see some of the ability he has though, after he caught a dump-off and raced by Nigel Bradham to the sideline for an 11-yard gain. Miller's gains on the ground looked strikingly similar to last year. The Bills front four is just too good, so Miami wasn't getting a ton of push up front. However, like 2013, Miller was able to get north and south well enough so that he'd pickup at least a few yards every time. However, with Moreno on the shelf, it's Miller's backfield now. There should still be an expectation of a rotation, whether that it's with rookie Damien Williams, recently resigned Daniel Thomas, or some combination of those two, but Miller will certainly get more work. Lazor would like to stay balanced, but judging from yesterday's run-pass split after Moreno left, that may be easier said than done. Hopefully, Lazor can scheme Miller in space, but regardless, Miller should at least be a quality flex play going forward until Moreno returns.
Latest NewsDolphins | Lamar Miller practices (Thu Sep 18, 02:07 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (ankle) practiced for the third straight day Thursday, Sept. 18. Miller has a slight limp after spraining his ankle in the team's Week 2 game, but has not been on the injury report this week. Our View: He's not on the injury report either, so we expect him to be good to go against a weakened Kansas City defense. Miller is a solid RB2 in Miami's run-heavy scheme and could produce better numbers than that for this matchup.
link to story Dolphins | Lamar Miller not on injury report (Thu Sep 18, 12:32 AM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (ankle) was not on the team's injury report Wednesday, Sept. 17. Our View: Kansas City is reeling and Lamar Miller will get the first crack at the starting job since Knowshon Moreno is out for the next 4-8 weeks. Miller is a solid RB2 against the Chiefs with the upside for more.
Dolphins | Lamar Miller in walking boot (Mon Sep 15, 01:27 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (ankle) left the Week 2 game against the Buffalo Bills in a walking boot Sunday, Sept. 14, and his status for Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs isn't known. Our View: Knowshon Moreno is already banged up with an elbow injury that could keep him out multiple weeks. The team needs Miller to be healthy as the lead back. We'll see if he can get back to practice fully later in the week.
link to story Dolphins | Daniel Thomas re-signs (Mon Sep 15, 11:17 AM) - The Miami Dolphins re-signed RB Daniel Thomas to an undisclosed deal Monday, Sept. 15. Our View: Zero surprise here. Knowshon Moreno could miss an extended period of time with an elbow injury, and Thomas makes for a smart move. Lamar Miller could just get a larger role going forward. Don't expect Thomas to step into the Moreno role and get a large number of touches. Thomas is just veteran insurance.
link to story Dolphins | Lamar Miller should be fine (Sun Sep 14, 05:42 PM) - Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (ankle) left the Week 2 game against the Buffalo Bills due to an ankle injury, although it is not considered serious. link to story More News
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