Lamar Miller Fantasy News

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 8:40pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

When Knowshon Moreno signed with Miami in the offseason, many penciled the former Bronco in as the Dolphins’ starting running back. It was way premature. Instead, Lamar Miller has been clearly ahead of Moreno on the depth chart every step of the way since and might even be pulling away. Moreno hasn’t practiced yet in camp, still healing from arthroscopic knee surgery. Miller, meanwhile, is healthy — and stronger than ever. Miller, who ranked 24th among running backs in yards after contact last year (2.06 per carry), put on between six and eight pounds of muscle this offseason.

Fantasy Impact:
Miller looks to be taking advantage of his opportunity to turn into the back many thought he'd be last season. Miller is currently ranked 31st on our RB list, but he could climb if the current trend continues. He's shaping up to be a great value with an ADP of the 8th round.

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Knowshon Moreno (knee) placed on PUP

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 8:09pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Dolphins made a couple of procedural moves on Thursday, placing running back Knowshon Moreno and center Mike Pouncey on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Moreno’s stay shouldn’t be that long. The veteran back had knee surgery during the offseason and coach Joe Philbin said his conditioning needed some work, but Philbin doesn’t think it will be long before Moreno is in the mix with Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas.

Fantasy Impact:
Lamar Miller will continue to see first team reps and will have a chance to impress new OC Bill Lazor while Moreno is on the shelf.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 1:50pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Dolphins C Mike Pouncey will begin camp on the physically unable to perform list. He needed surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip last month and is expected to miss the start of the season. Though the best-case scenario is he’ll be back in late September, there is now concern he could be shelved for the first half of the season. A source familiar with the center’s surgery and recovery says it’s likely he will miss four months (from the time of surgery June 23). That would carry the rehab process through September and into late October. “Eight weeks is probably what we’re looking at,” the source said Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact:
His absence has a negative impact on Ryan Tannehill's protection and the ability of the line to run block for Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 9:23am - [Full Article]

Dolphins RB Lamar Miller earned the starting job last season and showed flashes while finishing with 709 rushing yards and a 4.0 average. Miller also showed big-play ability, with a 49-yard run against Atlanta and a 41-yard gain against Cincinnati. Miller is hoping to become more consistent in his third season and also take steps in the passing game, both in picking up blitzers and catching the ball out of the backfield. Whether or not he retains his starting job, Miller should be an important player on offense.

Fantasy Impact:
Miller is competing with free agent pickup Knowshon Moreno, who was rumored to have had minor knee surgery and may not be ready for the start of camp, according to the story. That could give Miller the inside track as the starter, but either way, both backs figure to be factors. Given Moreno is the better pass blocker, he at least figures to have a role on third down in the passing game, giving him more PPR value. Daniel Thomas is expected to take the hit in touches.

Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (hip) out at least three months

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 11:42am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey underwent hip surgery Monday and is expected to miss at least three months, sources familiar with the injury said. Pouncey also faces a possible suspension from the NFL. He's the only player implicated in last year's bullying scandal still on the Dolphins' roster. Pouncey tore the labrum in his hip sometime during the Dolphins' offseason workouts. His absence will shake up a Miami offensive line that was transformed this offseason. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Pouncey was the lone returning starter on the unit, the leader of the line and arguably Miami's best offensive player.

Fantasy Impact:
This is a big blow to the team's new offensive line and the offense in general. Pouncey is the unit's best player and lone returning starter. It will impact Ryan Tannehill, Lamar Miller and the other Miami skill players.

Knowshon Moreno (knee) to have surgery, out 4-5 weeks

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 11:27am

National Football Post - [Full Article]

Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno is going to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He'll be out four to five weeks. That means he could miss the start of training camp and possibly the first preseason game or two.

Fantasy Impact:
This is a setback for Moreno who showed up to camp out of shape and will have trouble getting into football shape while he's rehabbing knee surgery. Lamar Miller looks like the RB1, at least to start the season. He's capable of fantasy RB2 numbers if the team shows faith in him. Last year, he didn't get consistent touches, but there is a new offensive coordinator (Bill Lazor, formerly of Philadelphia) and Miller might be a (very) poor man's LeSean McCoy.

Knowshon Moreno may need knee surgery

Friday, June 20, 2014, 10:20am - [Full Article]

Friday morning, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that RB Knowshon Moreno's lack of activity is due to his left knee, which has been bothering him this spring. It was sore yesterday, so the Dolphins had him take it easy -- it is not the knee in which he suffered a torn ACL in 2011. Rapoport, citing a source who spoke to the player, reported that Moreno's knee did feel better than it had previously, however, arthroscopic surgery is possible. The running back plans to see a doctor in Miami next week to find out.

Fantasy Impact:
Arthroscopic surgery, commonly known as a "scope," typically involves the cleaning up of torn cartilage and usually involves a 3-4 week recovery time. If he has surgery, Moreno won't be able to get in shape while rehabbing his injury, so he may be further behind Lamar Miller in the competition to be the team's starting running back.

Knowshon Moreno dealing with a health issue

Thursday, June 19, 2014, 7:32pm

Sun-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Miami Dolphins tailback Knowshon Moreno has a logical explanation for sparingly working during the team's minicamp sessions this week, and not participating in Thursday's controlled scrimmage. Moreno, who accounted for 1,586 total yards and 13 touchdowns as the Denver Broncos starter last season, has been battling a medical issue according to a source. The source wouldn't go into specifics about the injury, but said Moreno has been hindered by it for a couple of weeks and needs time off to recovery.

Fantasy Impact:
This explains why Moreno hasn't been given many reps in practice. He has been running with the second or third string or not practicing at all in team drills. Lamar Miller currently sits atop the depth chart.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 6:11pm

Palm Beach Post - [Full Article]

Dolphins RB Lamar Miller has been receiving first team snaps since OTAs. It was considered only a matter of time before offseason acquisition Knowshon Moreno would at least share the starting load. But so far Daniel Thomas is actually getting in there before Moreno. Moreno does not appear to be hurt. He participated in foot drills. But when it came time for 11 on 11s and 7 on 7s, Moreno was nowhere to be found. Coach Joe Philbin said it simply was a coaches’ decision to distribute practice reps the way they did Tuesday.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 12:19pm

Palm Beach Post - [Full Article]

It’s fair to say that Dolphins RB Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno are competing for a starting spot. And in the end Coach Joe Philbin might make it like last year when he frustrates reporters and fantasy football owners by never really naming a starting running back.

Lamar Miller is a better fit for new spread offense

Friday, June 13, 2014, 8:14pm

Sun Sentinel - [Full Article]

Dolphins RB Lamar Miller’s speed allows him to make the stretch runs that fuel the east-west aspect of a spread offense. Miller's better runs last year feature him getting outside the tackles, which is a staple of his skill set. The problem is Miller has to do a better job catching the ball and blocking to be a three-down tailback.

Fantasy Impact:
This doesn't mean that Miller will win the starting job, but he has been running ahead of the out-of-shape Knowshon Moreno.

Lamar Miller continues to 'lead the way' in RB competition

Monday, June 9, 2014, 7:28pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Lamar Miller continues to lead the way in Miami's starting tailback competition. Miller worked with the first team for the third week in a row. So far, Miller also is making more plays in the running game than free-agent pickup Knowshon Moreno, who appears to be working his way into shape. Moreno was the favorite entering the spring after starting for the AFC champion Denver Broncos last season. "He's had a very good camp. ...This is the time as a third-year player that you're ready to make a big contribution," Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said of Miller.

Fantasy Impact:
Knowshon Moreno has seemingly squandered a chance to win the RB1 job outright since he showed up to camp out of shape. Now Miller appears to be in the driver's seat. Miller finished as the #38 RB in standard formats, but if the Dolphins offense takes off under new OC Bill Lazor (formerly of the Eagles), then whoever wins the starting job should have at least RB3/flex appeal.

Philbin: Knowshon Moreno's conditioning could be better

Monday, June 2, 2014, 7:35pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno continues to work primarily with the second team, with Lamar Miller taking a lot of first team snaps. Moreno dropped a pass today and Joe Philbin conceded that his conditioning could be better.

Fantasy Impact:
Moreno looks destined for a RB1 role in Miami, though his being out of shape isn't helping his cause. We currently have him ranked #28 in standard formats.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 9:59pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Dolphins HC Joe Philbin said he likes Knowshon Moreno’s “versatility and multiple skill set.”

Fantasy Impact:
Moreno figures to form a committee with Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas, but he may work his way into a clear RB1 role given the team's interest in signing him as a free agent.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 11:06am

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Despite the fact the Dolphins just signed Knowshon Moreno, despite the fact they like Lamar Miller, I'm told the personnel department would still like to add one more running back -- likely somewhere between the fourth-fifth rounds -- to add juice and get more talent in the backfield.

Fantasy Impact:
The draft is considered deep with RB talent. As the story points out, and as we speculated after the Moreno signing, this likely means the end for Daniel Thomas in Miami.