RB Lamar Miller - Houston Texans
|5-11, 212||Born: 4-25-1991||College: Miami (FL)||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2012|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 10): Miller was held in check by the Colts run defense, but also yielded a rushing score to Alfred Blue and had his highest reception total of the season. He's still an RB2 against the Jets this week.
Week 15: at New York Jets
FBG says: Good matchup. Coming off back to back 100+ rushing yard games, Lamar Miller was disappointing last week against the Colts. At halftime, Miller had amassed negative five yards on six carries and was removed in the red zone in favor of Alfred Blue, who managed to punch in a three-yard touchdown. Miller redeemed himself somewhat, finishing with 33 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Miller had been on a roll, with four 100+ yard games in his last six games while scoring three touchdowns. This week he gets a Jets defense that ranks 12th in points allowed to opposing running backs. The Jets run defense had been on a noticeable slide, allowing back to back big games to LeSean McCoy and Sony Michel, but they managed to bounce this past week, holding the Bills running backs to 75 yards. The Jets have had problems containing quick running backs that can bounce it outside and get past the edge of the line, and Miller certainly has the skillset to give them problems. DeShaun Watson becomes the x-factor, as the Jets were just torched by Josh Allen to the tune of 101 yards rushing and a touchdown on only nine carries. Watson is averaging 31.5 rushing yards per game and has exceeded 30+ rushing yards in nine of his 13 games. He is in line to have a big game on the ground, which makes him one of the better quarterback options this week. The New York Jets rushing defense was once thought of as the leagues best under former coach Rex Ryan, but they have since become one of the league's worst units, ranking 27th in the league and giving up 132 rushing yards per game. The Jets have allowed opposing running backs to average 4.6 yards per carry on the season and have held their opponents to under 125 yards rushing only twice on the season. While they did a good job containing Buffalo's running backs last week (in fairness, LeSean McCoy exited the game early with an injury), they had no plan to stop quarterback Josh Allen, who lit them up for 109 rushing yards and a touchdown. This week they will face a similar problem with Deshaun Watson at the helm for the Texans. He is one of the leagues better running quarterbacks and should have a field day finding room against a weak Jets pass rush. While the Jets have a superstar in Leonard Williams, he cannot make up for the lack of talent around him, with Nathan Shepard, Steve McLendon and Henry Anderson finding themselves overmatched on a weekly basis. The Texans run game has been rolling in the second half of the season, and Lamar Miller poses matchup problems for the Jets defensive line. This game sets up poorly for the Jets in a number of ways, but the biggest issue they will have this week is running the ball and stopping the run.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Lamar Miller's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 14 vs IND (14 / 33 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 19 / 0 rec)
It was an ugly day for the Texans running game and Lamar Miller struggled to get going on the ground. The offensive line was getting consistently beat forcing some poor runs for Miller. His longest rush of the game was 13 yards and coming out in the second half, the Texans opted to use Alfred Blue instead. Miller did have a 1-yard touchdown plunge on a direct snap to open up the scoring on a key 4th down play in the game. Miller also had 5 reception for 19 yards, with his longest reception for 5 yards.
2018 Week 13 vs CLE (19 / 103 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Lamar Miller has now rushed for 100-yards in 4 of his last 6 games and it continued to be a productive day for the veteran back. Miller rushed for 103 yards and his longest rush was for 32-yards to get him over the century mark. Again, Miller was able to break down the the Browns and the cut back was there for him in the zone game. Miller remains the bell-cow for the Texans offense but they are being careful with him not to overload him with work running the football.
2018 Week 12 vs TEN (12 / 162 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Talk about a resurgence for the veteran running back, Lamar Miller rushed for 162 yards and with just 6 carries in the first half, it saw him rush for 21, 12 and 11 yards on three carries to open up the game. His biggest run came from the Texans own 2-yard line where he broke one tackle on a power play then outran every Titan defender to the end zone to cap off a 97-yard touchdown run. Miller's 13.5 yards per carry were eye opening especially with the amount of yards he was ripping off. It continues to be a solid second half of the season for Miller.
2018 Week 11 vs WAS (20 / 86 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
It was a tough task for the Texans against the Redskins defensive front and Lamar Miller was able to rush for 86 yards on the day. His longest run was a 21-yard dash on an outside zone play that saw him not break stride until the safety got the angle on him. He had some strong runs for the Texans and he was able to chip in three receptions for 22 yards giving him over a 100 plus all purpose yards on the day. Watson is starting to trust Miller in the passing game more and taking what the defense is giving him. Bigger things could be on the horizon for Miller in the passing game for the coming weeks.
2018 Week 9 vs DEN (12 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Talk about a rough day for Lamar Miller, 12 carries for 21 yards and 9 yards being his longest run of the day. Miller struggled to get anything rolling on the ground. He did have 2 receptions for 27 yards and a key first down catch for 16 yards to get the Texans out of the hole in terms of field position.
2018 Week 8 vs MIA (18 / 133 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The emergence of Lamar Miller has been huge for the health of Deshaun Watson and the winning streak the Texans have put together. Miller rushed for 133 yards which marked his second 100--yard game in a row. Miller even was able to show the explosion with the ball in his hands with a 58-yard run that saw him make defenders miss and use his speed to get into the secondary. Miller had a 2-yard touchdown run to start off the scoring for the offense. Miller also had runs of 19 and 15 to cut into the Dolphins defense which eventually opened up the passing game for Watson.
2018 Week 7 vs JAX (22 / 100 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Lamar Miller broke a 22-game streak on not rushing for 100-yards in a game. Against the Jaguars, Miller hit 100 on the head on 22 carries. If anything Miller looked spry and with some solid blocking up front he was able to eat up yards on the ground. He had a 5-yard touchdown run to score he first touchdown of the game. Miller only had two rushes for 10 yards or more but he was knocking holes in the Jaguars defense with small chunks. Miller only had one rush go for a negative gain the entire day.
2018 Week 6 vs BUF (15 / 46 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Back after missing last week's game with a chest injury and it continues to be up and down for Miller as a running back. 71 total yards on the day, Miller was rusty and struggling to make a difference in the run game. He did have some runs that looked solid and that was when he put his head down and hit the hole with a purpose. Miller's longest run was 11-yards but the biggest development was him getting some screen pass looks thrown his way. He turned one of the screen passes to a 16-yard gain and another check down for 9-yards. Miller continues to try and find his way in the offense and after a strong start the first two weeks he has been anything but that.
2018 Week 4 vs IND (14 / 49 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Another tough day for Lamar Miller on the ground, only putting up 49 rushing yards and no targets in the passing game. Miller's best run was 15-yard but he was sandwiched in-between to defenders and he did not return to the game. The loss of Miller is not considered serious but it was enough to keep him out of the game for the remainder of the day.
2018 Week 3 vs NYG (10 / 10 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 41 / 1 rec)
It was a terrible day for the Texans lead back. Lamar Miller has 13 yards on the ground and 5 receptions for 41 yards and a late garbage time touchdown reception with 1 second left in the game. He lost a key fumble in the game after the Texans were driving into Giants territory. The Texans abandoned the run game but used Miller in the passing game. If it wasn't for the fumble it might have not been as bad of day it ended up being for Miller.
2018 Week 2 vs TEN (14 / 68 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)
Not as successful day as last week but Lamar Miller is still doing good things on the ground. With the Texans behind the entire game, they have to go away from the running game and that means going away from Miller. His longest run was 18 yards but he was doing a good job of getting to open grass to eat up yards. Miller is showing a much better knack for breaking tackles. Miller was averaging 5.8 yard a carry through the first half and it is clear the Texans working the outside zone is right in line with Miller's strengths. Miller also had 2 receptions for 2 yards, one was a screen pass the other was a check down that were shut down immediately.
2018 Week 1 vs NE (20 / 98 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Knocking on the door step of rushing for a 100 yards, Lamar Miller had one of his better games for the offense. Ripping off a 31 yard run to get the Texans out from deep their own territory, Miller looks much stronger and quicker this season. He showed the ability to break tackles and more importantly gain positive yards. Still the Texans top back, Miller's 20 carries are right in his sweet spot of when he is most effective. Add in 1 reception for 11 yards, it was a good showing for Miller and the running game.
Latest NewsTexans | Lamar Miller good for TD rush (Sun Dec 9, 09:16 PM) - Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller rushed 14 times for 33 yards and a touchdown in the Week 14 game against the Indianapolis Colts. link to story Texans | Lamar Miller rushes for over 100 yards (Sun Dec 2, 05:01 PM) - Houston Texans RB Lamar Miller rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries against the Cleveland Browns in Week 13. Our View: Miller is running like a younger version of himself right now. The Texans defense has been helping them have favorable game scripts for the running game and keeping Miller among the RB2 ranks.
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