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What's Going to Happen in the Houston Backfield? - Footballguys

The Footballguys staff offers thoughts on the Houston running back situation

Houston has one of many backfields where the roles are not clearly defined. Since running back is one of the most important positions in fantasy football, it's wise to get as clear a picture as possible on every backfield.

At some point in 2017, most of the fantasy community seemed to conclude D'Onta Foreman would take over for Lamar Miller in 2018. Some pontificated Miller would be released during the offseason. Then Foreman tore his Achilles in November. His return date is still unclear, and Miller is still around. Is there a changing of the guard in 2018, or does Miller hold off a rehabbing Foreman all season? Is there room for another running back on the roster to carve out a role?

Daniel Simpkins: I believe people are frustrated with Miller because they believe there's potential for more output in this offense. They forget that Miller has over 1,000 all-purpose yards every season since 2014. He may not have been great, but he's been solid. Assuming he's fully rehabilitated his Achilles, I agree that Foreman, if the coaching staff gives him a legitimate chance to challenge, may be more dynamic. Like Alex Collins, he's got fantastic foot frequency and wiggle for being such a big guy. Yet I'm not sure the coaching staff is unhappy with Miller, and opportunity is going to be important in this situation. Let's monitor this situation in camp, but my current feeling is that Miller is once again going to do enough to hold him off and get most of the touches.

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