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RB Lamar Miller - Miami Dolphins

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

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Week 17: vs New York Jets

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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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 19 92 1 7 5 58 0 0
17 vs NYJ PROJ-Tremblay 18 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 16 vs MIN (19 / 92 / 1 rush, 7 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)

Lamar Miller had one of his best games all season on Sunday, providing big numbers in the run and pass game as he was unrivaled for touches in the Miami backfield with Daniel Thomas sitting out. Even with Damien Williams peeling off passing down looks, and playing significant snaps in the fourth quarter when the Dolphins were trailing, Miller set season highs in both carries and catches, which translated to a season high in scrimmage yards as well. It's possible Miller was as healthy as he's been in a while as well, but he got some help from his offensive line as well, especially the right side. Lazor has been setting Miller up for success throughout most of the season, but Miller has certainly made strides as well. One knock on the third-year back has been that his vision has been poor. Well, one way to help that is to allow him to make one cut and go. Miller has been doing it all season, but against the Vikings, it looked like he had something to prove. Whether it was a run designed to hit outside, or an inside run, Miller was decisive in hitting the hole and it yielded his second-highest rushing output of the season. Without Daniel Thomas, who has vultured Miller on occasion recently, Miller converted on his chance from the goal-line. Another area where Miller has vastly improved this season is the passing game, and it showed in Sunday's game. Whereas last season, Miller clearly wasn't comfortable catching the ball, often looking tentative, which caused him to lose snaps to Daniel Thomas, he looks far more natural catching passes. And in Bill Lazor's offense, with the array of misdirection plays and fake screen action, the RB needs to be able to catch passes. Similar to his running style, Miller is quick to break upfield after he catches a pass. So, when there is a coverage breakdown, such as a linebacker breaking with a tight end or a defensive back not sticking in his zone, Miller is free to pick up a chunk of yards. While no one expects Knowshon Moreno back in Miami next season, it looks like Damien Williams has certainly earned a role in the backfield in 2015. Miller will certainly be on the RB2 radar next season in an offense that should be able to take another step forward.

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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

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