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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 Dec 15): Miller never really got on track as the Dolphins were behind early, but he is still a lead back with some talent and burst, and the Dolphins are going home this week to face the Vikings. He could be worth a flex play.

Week 16: vs Minnesota Vikings

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. The Dolphins' rushing attack is all about Lamar Miller this season (178/829/6 rushing with 33/217/1 receiving to date) - he's posted 12/53/0 rushing with 5/36/0 receiving vs. Baltimore two weeks ago and 16/47/0 rushing with 1/10/0 receiving vs. New England last week - not exactly earth-shaking performances from a fantasy football perspective but in both games the Dolphins have been chasing a lead during the second half of their games. The Vikings' rush D is ranked 23rd in the NFL averaging 123.9 yards allowed per game, with nine rushing scores given out so far. Last week, Detroit was limited to 22/80/0 rushing, while two games ago the Jets posted 42/168/0 rushing at Minnesota during a OT loss to the Vikings. This looks like a good matchup for Miller and the Dolphins.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
12 at DEN 12 59 0 1 1 8 0 0
13 at NYJ 13 56 1 3 2 11 0 0
14 vs BAL 12 53 0 5 5 36 0 0
15 at NE 16 47 0 2 1 10 0 0
16 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds 17 * * 3 * * *
16 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay 19 * * 2 * * *
16 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom 14 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs NYJ (13 / 56 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Miller played his highest snap percentage since Week 8 on Monday night against the Jets. He also got into the end zone for the first time since Week 9 against the Chargers, so his stock may be back on the rise entering the fantasy playoffs. The Dolphins simply didn't see the ball much in the first half, so Miller saw just the one carry. However, Bill Lazor was able to remedy the situation in the second half, getting Miller up to the 15 touch mark by the end of the game. It's promising that even in a game where the Dolphins threw the ball twice as much as they ran it, and the Miami backs saw just 17 total touches, Miller dominated snaps and looks. Even against a top-rated rushing defense like the Jets, Miller was able to do what he usually does. He picked up what was blocked, accelerated through the holes that were there, and picked up steady yardage. He forced two more missed tackles and picked up 34 more yards after contact, which are both areas in which he has improved this season. Although he has tough matchups coming up with the Ravens and Patriots, Lazor may have to start featuring Miller a little more. He's now healthy, which should help his cause, and the Dolphins need anything they can get to help out what's become a make-shift offensive line. They had their fewest rushing attempts of the season, partially forced by game-flow. It's very likely though, that Lazor nor Philbin wants a 2:1 pass-to-run ratio going forward. With Miller miles ahead of Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams, his locked in workload of 15-20 touches on an offense that moves the ball remains very valuable to fantasy owners.

2014 Week 14 vs BAL (12 / 53 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 36 / 0 rec)

Miller looked very fresh early on against a Haloti Ngata-less Baltimore run defense, finding cutback lanes and picking up chunk yardage against the Ravens. Credit to Bill Lazor for dialing up the run to take some pressure off the offensive line early on. It worked as the Miami front was able to get some push, and their most success came on the zone stretches, as Miller was able to cut up-field and swallow up yards. Miller was also a huge piece of the passing game, as Ryan Tannehill had to get the ball out quickly for most of the afternoon. Despite looking good, Miller saw just five total touches in the second half, despite the Dolphins leading until the midway point of the third quarter, and not falling behind by more than seven points until halfway through the final quarter. Although they didn't see the ball a lot, as the Ravens went on three separate drives of 75+ yards in the second half alone, with a struggling offensive line, the only remedy was getting the ball to Miller by any means necessary. Additionally, after playing 47 out of 60 snaps against a physical Jets defensive front on Monday night, it seemed as if Miller was over his nagging list of injuries that had been limiting him recently. However, Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams peeled off a total of 26 snaps against the Ravens, limiting Miller to 37 of 63 plays. Thomas and Williams combined to touch the ball three times, so it may be simply a case of Miami knowing they can't lose Miller and limiting his reps in non-running situations. Thomas handled a few series entirely to himself, while Williams was more in a third-down role, but neither are threats to Miller status as the #1 back.

2014 Week 15 vs NE (16 / 47 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Lamar Miller once again dominated backfield touches in the first half, but game flow fell out his favor, and the Patriots stifled the run in the second half to turn a potentially nice day into a poor one. He touched the ball just four times in the second half, including 3 carries for -4 yards, as the Dolphins went three-and-out, interception, three-and-out on their first three drives of the half. That also coincided with the Pats posting TD, FG, TD, TD in the third quarter to put the game on ice. The yards per carry numbers are a bit deceiving for Miller, as he started the game well. There was little room to run in between the tackles, but Lazor has shown the ability to scheme Miller into space on the edge for most of the season. Heading into the half, Miller owned a 13 for 51 line, which is a lot more appealing than the 16 for 47 he finished with. Any worries Miller owners have any timeshare developing are unfounded though, despite the starter finishing with just 43-of-81 snaps. Miller was rarely off the field early in the game, being spelled sparingly by Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams. With the Dolphins not seeing much of the ball in the second half until a lengthy few fourth quarter drives, Miller was rested, which allowed Thomas and Williams to pick up a few extra snaps. With the Dolphins eliminated, it will be interesting how the coaching staff uses the running backs in Week 16 and 17. Daniel Thomas was cut before the season started, and only picked back up due to the Moreno injury. One would think the coaches would like to get a look at Damien Williams, Orleans Darkwa, and even LaMichael James, so there's really no guarantees to what Miller's workload may look like against the Vikings in fantasy finals week. He'll still be on the RB2 radar, as he received 15+ touches for the fourth time in five games since getting over his nagging injury troubles.

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Latest News

Dolphins | Lamar Miller not used enough (Wed Dec 10, 06:09 PM) - Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, expressed frustration that his client is not being used enough in the offense. Miller has been receiving 10 to 12 carries per game, yet he's averaging 4.8 yards per carry this year. Miller's 12.4 carries per game ranks him 16th in the league. Also, the Dolphins have run the ball fewer than the previous game for three straight weeks now.

Our View: It shouldn't take until Week 16 for the team to realize this. Miller should have been getting a larger workload all season long.
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Schedule

16vs Minnesota Vikings
17vs New York Jets