TE Heath Miller, Free agent
HT: 6-5, WT: 255, Born: 10-22-1982, College: Virginia, Drafted: Round 1, Pick 30
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Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: A Gates (146), L Blount (147), Heath Miller (148), J Flacco (149), E Manning (150)
Position: L Green (138-TE14), A Gates (146-TE15), Heath Miller (148 - TE16), E Ebron (154-TE17), D Walker (172-TE18)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: C Michael (136), Heath Miller (138), G Jennings (140)
Position: L Green (129-TE13), C Clay (130-TE14), Heath Miller (138 - TE15), A Gates (143-TE16), E Ebron (145-TE17)
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Heath Miller isnít quite the same player he used to be. He finished the 2013 season as the 24th-best tight end in fantasy football. Even though he only missed one more game than he did in 2012, Miller fell 20 spots last year due to a lack of production. He hasnít played a full 16-game season over the last two years, and he spent so much time last year as a blocker that his production as a receiver suffered. The team has worked to improve the offensive line, so perhaps Miller wonít have to stay in and block much this season. However, his fantasy production is mostly going to be reliant on how many times he gets into the end zone. Miller would have to approach double-digit touchdowns to rehabilitate his fantasy value. Thatís not out of the question, but itís also not likely at this point in Millerís career. The tight end position has changed in recent years, and throwback players like Miller are not en vogue. Miller is an all-around tight end who is more valuable to his team than he is to fantasy owners. Heís a great player, but not one fantasy owners should look to as a TE1 in 2014, unless he experiences a terrific resurgence with another year removed from a late-season ACL tear in 2012.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 3 - Miller was immediately targeted by Roethlisberger on the second play of the game. He caught a quick curl underneath as the defense dropped into zone coverage. Miller was rotating in and out of the game. He caught another pass underneath on third and long to set up a field goal, before catching a deep crossing route to start the next drive.
Week 4 - Miller caught Roethlisberger's first pass. He extended his route to the sideline after the quarterback broke a tackle in the pocket. Miller caught a big pass down the field on second and 10 after the Steelers faked a screen. The Vikings initially didn't bite on the fake, but Roethlisberger evaded two defenders while Miller kept working across the field for the big play. Roethlisberger went straight back to Miller on a curl underneath for seven yards. Miller lined up as a receiver at the goalline. Roethlisberger immediately looked to throw the fade route to him, but he overthrew him. The final play of the third quarter saw Miller catch a curl route for 11 yards and a first down over the middle. Miller caught a 12 yard pass to put the Steelers in the redzone. Importantly, Miller caught the ball while being hit by two defenders, one who caught him on his knee. Miller showed no il-effects. Miller caught a pass by the sideline on second and 10 for seven yards as the Steelers drove to try and tie the game.
Week 6 - On third and 14 early in the first quarter, Miller caught a poorly run screen pass for a short gain. Miller's second target came at the start of the second quarter, when he converted a second and 18. Miller roes above a defender with another behind him to snatch the ball out of the air. To start the next drive, Roethlisberger went straight back to Heath Miller on a quick out route that he carried down the field for a first down. On second and eight later in the second quarter, Miller caught another screen pass for three yards. On a third down late in the third quarter, Miller was left wide open underneath on a crossing route. He caught the ball underneath before running downfield for a first down and more. David Harris blew his assignment on that play, but Miller beat Harris on an out route on the next drive. However, Miller was stopped short of a first down by the linebacker on third down.
Week 7 - The Steelers ran some wildcat plays early in the first quarter, so it wasn't a huge surprise that their first touchdown came on an unconventional play. Heath Miller caught a shovel pass underneath after coming behind the line of scrimmage for the short touchdown. Miller's second reeption came on a more typical play for the tight end, but atypically he fumbled the football. The Ravens recovered just before the half in good scoring position. Miller didn't have a good game as he dropped a pass late in the fourth quarter also.
Week 8 - On second and 10, Roethlisberger found Miller on a crossing route for a one yard gain. Miller was tackled as soon as the ball arrived. On the very next play, Roethlisberger overthrew Miller running an out route that would likely have gone for a first down. Miller caught a first down pass after breaking off a play-action over the middle of the field. Miller took a hard shot to his knee but got up immediately. The tight end caught a pass in the flat late in the foruth quarter that he carried forward for a first down.
Week 9 - Miller's first reception went for eight yards on second and 10 as he ran an out route in the second quarter. Later in the second quarter, Miller caught a pass in the flat before converting a second and seven for a first down. When the Patriots left Miller uncovered midway through the third quarter, Roethlisberger threw it to him quickly to allow him to carry the ball downfield for 10+ yards and a first down. On the final drive of the game, Miller caught an out route for a first down on third and three.
Week 10 - Miller dropped his first target before catching a screen late in the second quarter for a short gain. On one of the few occasions during his career, Miller wasn't heavily involved in the passing game. He was targetted in the end zone later in the fourth quarter, but he couldn't go up and get the ball over a defensive back.
Week 11 - Miller caught Roethlisberger's first pass of the day. It was 2nd-and-13 and he caught the ball in the flat before knocking a defender backwards to complete a five yard gain. Roethlisberger went straight back to Miller for a first down on a nine yard curl route. After pass blocking, Miller caught a pitched pass in the flat from Roethlisberger before running down the field for a first down. Miller will be blamed for dropping a touchdown pass in the second quarter, but Roethlisberger made the catch difficult on him by throwing the ball too high so he couldn't come down with it. Miller caught a short route on third and 25 to set up a punt. In the fourth quarter, Miller caught a nine yard pass underneath on 1st-and-10. Miller caught a pass over the middle of the field straight after with a defender on his back for a first down. A quick pass in the flat on 1st-and-10 gave Miller three yards. A few plays later, he caught exactly the same pass to the other side of the field.
Week 12 - Miller's first reception came as he kept working over the middle of the field as Roethlisberger extended the play. On the second drive of the game, Miller caught a quick pass in the flat for two yards. Miller beat a linebacker on a quick out for a first down during the Steelers' two minute drill before half time. Roethlisberger went straight back to Miller as the tight end broke a tackle for another first down. In the third quarter, Miller caught a quick pass in the flat for eight yards.
Week 13 - Miller's first reception went for a first down as he came free over the middle of the field on an out route. The tight end caught a pass down the seam when he was wide open on first and 10 after play action. He had a 15+ yard gain. Miller followed that up with a quick pass in the flat for a short gain. Miller caught a short pass in the flat on first and 10. Miller almost scored a touchdown but was tackled inches out when he caught a pass over the middle of the field. He caught an underneath curl route for six yards. Miller followed that up with an impressive hands catch for a first down. For the third straight play, Roethlisberger found Miller over the middle for a first down. With less than two minutes to go and the Steelers in need of a score, Miller caught an apparent touchdown pass between two defenders running down the seam. Miller was ruled down just short of the goal line, but it was still an outstanding catch.
Week 14 - In the first quarter, Miller found a huge amount of space over the middle the field on a post route. Play-action drew the coverage out of position. Miller caught a short pass on third and 11 for three yards. Again after play-action in the third quarter, Miller caught a pass for 36 yards down the sideline.
Week 15 - Miller wasn't targeted until the Steelers' third drive, but that's because the passing game focused on LeVeon Bell early on. He caught a four yard pass by the sideline underneath. When the Bengals blitzed Roethlisberger in the second quarter, Miller understood his hot route responsibility and caught a pass underneath for nine yards. As he has done throughout his career, Miller came free wide open over the middle of the field when Roethlisberger was given time in the pocket in the second quarter. In the third quarter, Miller caught a deep out route when he beat safety George Iloka with an excellent route. After missing the start of the seaosn, it appears that Miller's value as a receiver to Roethlisberger hasn't been what it was in previous seasons. That is not a reflection of his play, but rather an alteration in approach and a focus on Antonio Brown.
Week 16 - Miller caught Roethlisberger's first pass attempt of the game. He ran a quick out route for a five yard gain. With Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell playing well, the Steelers didn't go back to Miller until late in the second quarter. He caught a six yard out route for a first down. Even though he wasn't involved much, when the Steelers needed a third down conversion late in the fourth quarter, they looked to Miller. Roethlisberger threw the ball to him underneath, but he couldn't make it to the first down marker.
Week 17 - Miller made a very impressive reception by the sideline on just the second play of the game for the Steelers offense. Although Miller continued to be a bit-part of the offense like he has been all season, he was still proving to be very effective when targeted. In the third quarter, he had his second reception as he ran a curl route in front of D'Qwell Jackson for a first down.