Lamar Miller Fantasy News

Texans Beat: Heavy workload to be the norm for RB Lamar Miller

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 8:32am

ESPN - [Full Article]

On Sunday against the Bears, RB Lamar Miller rushed for 106 yards on 28 carries. The 28 attempts were the most he’d had in his career; he’d only eclipsed 20 carries two times.

But the heavy workload likely will become the norm for Miller this year, who also had four catches for 11 yards.

“Just coming here, an organization that’s a winning organization and just getting the opportunity to show my skill set and my ability, it feels good so far,” Miller said.

Fantasy Impact:

Though it has only been one game, the Texans used Miller in Week 1 the same way they used running back Arian Foster in the past. Coach Bill O’Brien said he sees the importance of continuing to run the ball,which means nothing but good news for Miller owners.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 7:30pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Texans running back Lamar Miller will be the starter and fourth-round pick Tyler Ervin will make the team. The Texans also have Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes, Akeem Hunt and Kenny Hilliard on the roster, and will likely only keep two of those backs.

Texans RB Lamar Miller primed for 'a season for the ages'

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 6:31pm

Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report - [Full Article]

Mike Freeman of the Bleacher Report on the thought that Texans RB Lamar Miller might lead the league in rushing:

That's what one scout believes. He thinks the combination of a solid offensive line and the presence of a real quarterback will free up Miller to the point where he will be one of the top two runners in football.

I've heard this type of thing before about Miller (and written it). More than a few people in football think he is set for a huge season. Lead the league in rushing? That would be quite a leap, but it's not totally unbelievable. Miller always showed great bursts of talent when in Miami, but because the Dolphins gonna Dolphin, they completely underutilized him. The Texans won't, and I keep hearing from scouts that they think he might have a season for the ages. We'll see.

Fantasy Impact:

Miller finished #9 and #5 in the last two seasons in PPR formats, but was underutilized in Miami, which is one reason he signed with the Texans. Consider this: Miller only saw 18-plus carries in three of his 16 games in 2015, while Arian Foster carried the ball 18-plus times in 13 of his last 17 games with the Texans. Foster averaged 22.5 touches per game over that span, and if Miller can maintain the 0.920 FP/touch rate (PPR) from the last two years, he would average around 20.7 FP per game. Last year’s #1 PPR RB (Devonta Freeman) averaged 21.1 FP.

Lamar Miller finding his rhythm at camp

Friday, August 5, 2016, 12:39pm

HoustonTexans.com - [Full Article]

Lamar Miller is getting acclimated more than just the Houston heat, a relatively easy transition for the Miami native, during training camp. After three days of full pads, the Texans starting running back is also finding his rhythm in the ground game.

“No question, he’s getting a rhythm into the run,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Thursday. “You don’t run the ball at all in the offseason because it’s no pads and it’s a passing camp so it does take a while to get back in the rhythm of playing in pads at any position. He’s definitely back in the rhythm of playing in full pads.”

Fantasy Impact:

Miller, who signed with the Texans in March, had a successful four-year career for the Dolphins. Over the past two seasons (2014-15), he ranked fourth in the league in total rushing yardage (1,971) and was only one of two players to score 8-or-more rushing touchdowns in each year. However, Miller starts fresh with the Texans, learning a new playbook and adjusting to a different offensive line, the story said. Miller shoots all the way up our rankings to second so far through midsummer.

Miller finished #9 and #5 in the last two seasons in PPR formats, but was underutilized in Miami, which is one reason he signed with the Texans. Consider this: Miller only saw 18-plus carries in three of his 16 games in 2015, while Arian Foster carried the ball 18-plus times in 13 of his last 17 games with the Texans. Foster averaged 22.5 touches per game over that span, and if Miller can maintain the 0.920 FP/touch rate (PPR) from the last two years, he would average around 20.7 FP per game. Last year’s #1 PPR RB (Devonta Freeman) averaged 21.1 FP.

Christensen: Dolphins need RB 'to emerge as the guy'

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 2:11pm

Palm Beach Post - [Full Article]

Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen says he’s looking for a sturdy and versatile every-down running back, the better to press defenses with a no-huddle attack that does not take breaks for substitutions.

Last year Lamar Miller did all the heavy lifting at running back for Miami but he’s with the Texans now, gone in free agency.

“We really need someone to emerge as the guy,” Christensen said. “I’ve talked about the no-huddle thing. We don’t want to substitute. When you huddle, you substitute those guys and you can keep them fresh. We really need one guy to be a three-down back, stay in there for that drive."

Fantasy Impact:

Very interesting comments from Christensen. We assumed Arian Foster and Jay Ajayi would split the workload. That could still happen if the two split drives, but it doesn't sound like the team really wants to substitute mid-drive. Foster has missed 23 games to injury over the last few years and Ajayi has missed time already in camp so neither has proven to be versatile as of late. This situation because increasingly interesting each day so far this summer.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 1:35pm

MiamiDolphins.com - [Full Article]

RB Jay Ajayi will enter Dolphins training camp as the clear favorite to replace Lamar Miller as the starter after flashing intriguing potential in his nine appearances as a rookie. Head Coach Adam Gase said he was impressed by Ajayi’s shiftiness to go along with his physical running style, so the biggest challenge now for the former Boise State star will be convincing his coaches he can be as effective in the passing game as he is as a runner.

Damien Williams is the running back situation, Williams was sidelined for most of the spring practices that were open to the media. Williams made most of his contributions in his first two seasons on special teams, but he’s hoping to carve a bigger role on offense in 2016.

Fantasy Impact:

Another big factor could be Kenyan Drake, who was picked in the third round of this year's draft. (Isaiah Pead and Daniel Thomas are also on the roster.) Drake has played behind Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry at Alabama. For now, Ajayi is ranked 20th on our list of RBs with an ADP of the fifth round. After spring workouts new HC Adam Gase said that Ajayi “kind of separated himself” in the running back competition, so it looks like he’ll be the primary running back provided the team doesn’t sign Arian Foster once his Achilles is healthy.

Texans nab RB Lamar Miller

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 3:33pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Texans long-awaited deal for RB Lamar Miller is 4 years, $26M, source said. $14M fully guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

This is a good signing for the Texans as Miller is a talented all-around back who has finished in the top 10 in back-to-back seasons despite being underutilized in Miami. The Texans should give him plenty of work, but keep an eye on the offensive line. If it comes together, Miller should see enough work to finish in the top 10 for a third straight season.

Dolphins 'definitely' want to re-sign RB Lamar Miller

Monday, February 15, 2016, 1:15pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Behind the scenes, the Dolphins are more bullish on Lamar Miller, the Miami Herald has learned. One source tells the Herald that the organization “definitely” wants Miller back in 2016.

The sticking point: How much are the Dolphins willing to spend?

Industry insiders estimate Miller, who averaged 893 yards, six touchdowns and 4.6 yards per attempt from 2013-2015, will command a contract that pays roughly $5 million a year. That would put him at the top of the second tier of NFL running backs, which seems reasonable, considering he’s got a clean medical history and is one of the league’s most efficient runners.

The Dolphins should have the salary cap space to make it happen.

Fantasy Impact:

From a value standpoint, Miami might be the best landing spot for Miller, since the fantasy community generally believes that he'll once again be underutilized. But Adam Gase is in as the new head coach, and he's not afraid to lean on a productive running back if the situation calls for it.

Lamar Miller looking for 'fit' in free agency

Monday, January 4, 2016, 1:28pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Miami Dolphins starting running back Lamar Miller isn't a man of many words. However, Miller was clear about his intentions Monday as he prepares for free agency.

"Fit [is most important]," Miller said. "How the team is going to use me to my skill set."

Miami’s leading rusher wants to play for a team -- whether Miami or elsewhere -- where he's good for the scheme and can get consistent opportunities.

Fantasy Impact:

Miller entered the year with big goals heading into a contract year. He said Monday that he wanted 1,000 rushing yards and to average 5.0 yards per carry or more. Miller didn’t reach either of those goals. He finished with 872 rushing yards and 4.5 yards per carry, the story said. However, Miller wasn't always happy with how the team would use him, often going away from him at certain times.

Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm

Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (quadricep, ankle, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 16. The probable tag indicates that Miller should be able to handle a normal RB1 workload, but his touches were scaled back last week (post-injury) in favor of Jay Ajayi. He’s a good start against the Colts, provided the Dolphins use him appropriately.

Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:12pm

Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (quadricep, ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Miller should be able to play through the injuries, but his workload was scaled back last week in favor of Jay Ajayi.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 6:11pm

Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (quadricep) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Miller took a backseat to Jay Ajayi after injuring his quad last week. This leaves him in an uncertain position workload-wise heading into a nice matchup against the Colts.

Lamar Miller not happy with role

Monday, December 21, 2015, 12:56pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

After the Dolphins lost to the Giants in Week 14, running back Lamar Miller expressed his feeling that he should continue to get the ball if he’s doing well when asked about getting five second half carries despite running well in the first two quarters.

Miller was back on the bench in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Chargers, carrying twice for one yard while the Dolphins opted to go with Jay Ajayi and Damien Williams instead of Miller. Miller wasn’t as effective in the first half as he’d been the previous week, but still felt frustrated that he wasn’t part of the offense after halftime.

“I mean, yeah, because I feel like I could help this team win,” Miller said, via the Palm Beach Post. “You know, I’m pretty sure everybody wanted to be on the field competing with their teammates and … I don’t know.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Dolphins were down big in San Diego, leading them to pass more in the second half but Miller’s been their most productive receiver out of the backfield in addition to leading the team in rushing.

Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm

Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (ankle, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 15. Miller will be fine to face San Diego’s leaky run defense. Despite sometimes ponderous usage, Miller is the #4 RB in standard formats. Jay Ajayi would be a Sneaky Start if Miller is ruled out for Week 15. The Dolphins play late on Sunday.

Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm

Dolphins RB Lamar Miller (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Miller should be fine to face San Diego’s leaky run defense. Despite sometimes ponderous usage, Miller is the #4 RB in standard formats. Jay Ajayi would be a Sneaky Start if Miller is ruled out for Week 15. The Dolphins play late on Sunday.

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