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RB Lamar Miller - Miami Dolphins

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 8): Miller was benched for a bit with a fumble, but got a ton of red zone love (including one TD called back by penalty and another target inside the 10 that could have been a chance at a score with a better throw). Miller won't overtake the hard-running Moreno, but he can still be a flex in a revitalized running game with the role he has, and if (when) Moreno wears down, jackpot.

General News (Tue Sep 9): is still listed as the No. 1 running back over Knowshon Moreno on the team's weekly depth chart. Moreno, however, looked better and ran harder than Miller. Moreno could be the "backup" but put up better numbers than Miller on a week-to-week basis.

Week 2: at Buffalo Bills

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Lamar Miller (11/59/0 rushing with five targets for 4/19/1 receiving) and Knowshon Moreno (24/134/1 rushing) are providing a lively attack for the Dolphins to open 2014. The team plans to play both backs going forwards, sticking with whichever player is perceived to have the 'hot hand' in any given week. Both played pretty well in week one, so the two backs shared the work. First teamer Doug Martin trampled the Bills with 12/38/1 rushing before taking a seat on the bench during the third preseason game (he added 2/27/0 receiving during the contest), and all told the Bills allowed 38/99/1 rushing during the tune-up for regular season. Last year Buffalo ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 128.9 yards rushing allowed per game, with 10 rushing scores given up over 16 games played. This is not a top rush D, folks. Matt Forte gained 17/82/0 rushing (with nine targets for 8/87/0 receiving) during the season premiere - the Bills struggle to defense dual-threat backs so far this year. Moreno and Miller have a great matchup to work with here this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 vs NE 11 59 0 5 4 19 1 1
2 at BUF 11 46 0 5 2 7 0 0
2 at BUF PROJ-Dodds 7 * * 4 * * *
2 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay 6 * * 4 * * *
2 at BUF PROJ-Bloom 9 * * 2 * * *

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.

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Latest News

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.

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Dolphins | Lamar Miller expected to return (Sun Sep 14, 04:00 PM) - Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (ankle) is expected to return to the game Week 2 after initially leaving with an ankle injury.

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Dolphins | Lamar Miller leaves game (Sun Sep 14, 03:53 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (leg) left the game early Week 2, and is having his right leg looked at by trainers.

Our View: Miller had a big opportunity with Knowshon Moreno hurt, but he failed to seize the day. The Dolphins running game in general struggled after having a banner opening day against the Patriots. UDFA rookie Damien Williams could be in the crosshairs for more work against Kansas City next week.
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Dolphins | Lamar Miller still the starter (Tue Sep 9, 10:50 AM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller is still listed as the No. 1 running back over RB Knowshon Moreno on the team's weekly depth chart.

Our View: Yes, that's all well and good, but Moreno looked better and ran harder than Miller. Moreno could be the "backup" but put up better numbers than Miller on a week-to-week basis.
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Dolphins | Dolphins going with hot hand at RB? (Mon Sep 8, 04:28 PM) - Miami Dolphins RBs Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller will be involved in some sort of time share moving forward, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said. Lazor also indicated that the team could go with the hot hand, based on the situation. “Sometimes a guy may just need a blow for a moment and, when he comes out because he’s had a couple of plays in a row, we happen to call three straight runs. Some of it is going to be luck of the draw and the flow of the game. If a guy, if it’s his turn to play and he runs for three first downs in a row, he’s going to get to play more. They also get to earn some of it.” Lazor sidestepped a question on whether he sees one of the backs as the starter heading into Week 2. Lazor doesn't think Miller's self esteem will play a factor, and he continues to be confident in Miller.

Our View: This is bad news for fantasy owners trying to figure out the RB situation. Worse than RBBC, the hot-hand approach at running back leaves fantasy owners powerless to predicting touches on a game-to-game basis. Moreno runs hard and should be the lead back, but if Miller is "hotter" then he could have the better day.
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Schedule

2@ Buffalo Bills
3vs Kansas City Chiefs
4@ Oakland Raiders
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Green Bay Packers
7@ Chicago Bears
8@ Jacksonville Jaguars
9vs San Diego Chargers
10@ Detroit Lions
11vs Buffalo Bills
12@ Denver Broncos
13@ New York Jets
14vs Baltimore Ravens
15@ New England Patriots
16vs Minnesota Vikings
17vs New York Jets