Lamar Miller Fantasy News
Dolphins wish Lamar Miller ran with more physicality
Monday, February 10, 2014, 11:34am
“They’re a good complement to each other, and we like Miller’s speed and explosiveness,” the Dolphins staffer said. “Miller has the higher ceiling, but you wish he ran with a more physical [style]. And both have to improve as blockers.”
Miller is ranked #31 in John Paulsen's Never-Too-Early RB Rankings due to concerns about certainty of workload. Miller averaged 12.7 touches per game, while Thomas saw an average of 8.3 touches.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 9:45am
The story pointed out that the season-high 105 rushing yards Daniel Thomas contributed as Miller's replacement on Sunday helps alleviate some concern about Miller. For Miller owners, Thomas just won't seem to go away to open up the job fully to Miller. Even if Miller plays this week, expect Thomas to cut into his workload. Tuesday reports say Miller concussion isn't too serious.
Darren McFadden's ankle 'worse than expected'
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 11:33pm
Raiders beat writer Steve Corkran on RB Darren McFadden: "Darren McFadden's ankle injury worse than expected. Coach Allen on Friday thought McFadden could handle full workload vs. Jets. He's out now."
We're assuming that "he's out now" means that McFadden won't play against the Jets. Rashad Jennings (concussion) was limited on Wednesday but it's a good sign for his availability that he was able to participate in practice at all. It's a terrible matchup with a very good Jets rush defense, but last week Lamar Miller managed 85 total yards on 23 touches and nearly scored a touchdown.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 5:36pm
Daniel Thomas was walking around the field in practice uniform, now he's on a bike.
Daniel Thomas could be out for the year
Monday, November 25, 2013, 10:39am
Thomas, who gained 279 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns on his 77 carries this season, left Sunday's game on crutches and was in a walking boot. According to a source, Thomas will not have to undergo surgery to repair the injury.
Mike Gillislee will likely be activated next week for the first time in his career and would back up Lamar Miller, who should see a bulk of the workload. The only other running back on the roster is kick returner Marcus Thigpen. The bad news is the 'Fins play the tough-against-the-run Jets in Week 13. Reports Tuesday said Thomas may not miss the season now, but for fantasy purposes he likely won't be of any help.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 10:37am
Perhaps predictably, the recent struggles have led to some internal questions about the team's direction. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Tuesday that "players are starting to wonder about this offensive game plan."
"Let me not overstate this: The locker room is still together," Darlington explained on NFL Network's "Around The League Live." "There's still a good vibe in there. I talked to several players today and they still feel like they can get this season back on track.
"However, there is some question of what offensive coordinator Mike Sherman is starting to do and it really started to come to a head after Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Patriots."
The Dolphins jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead over New England before surrendering the game's final 24 points. Players wondered why Sherman got away from the running game in the third quarter after having so much success in the first half.
Lamar Miller had 13 carries for 63 yards in the first half, but only toted the ball five times for 26 yards in the second.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 6:25pm
Miller was clearly the better back on Monday night and also got more work, so this could just be coach-speak as even the novice of fans can see a difference between the two backs. Miller is best used as a low-end RB2 or flex/RB3. He's putting up better numbers and should continue to get more work despite what Sherman said.
Dolphins want even RB timeshare
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:16am
Daniel Thomas had more snaps than Lamar Miller (36-30) Sunday – and started the second half -- despite Miller having the far more productive game. But Joe Philbin said he wants to keep their playing time comparable unless “one guy is breaking tackles left and right and taking the ball a long way, and the other guy is not being productive.” But as much as the Dolphins like Miller, they don't view Thomas as a clearly worse player.
Miller is the better player and a decent RB2 play in most matchups, but the fact that Thomas played more snaps in Week 2 is a concern. It doesn't appear that the Dolphins are going to give Miller enough snaps to play through a poor start, which means he could be in for some disappointing fantasy days.
Philbin: Lamar Miller/Daniel Thomas 'very, very close'
Thursday, September 5, 2013, 3:10pm
“I think they’ve improved, both of them, and we definitely need those guys to perform well for us,” Philbin added. “I think [Miller] played well. I think he caught the ball well, ran the ball well. I thought Daniel did as well. It’s very, very close.”
The preseason wasn't as close as Philbin is making it out to be, unless he's seeing something in Thomas during practice that isn't showing up in games. We believe Miller is the better talent and will finish with 'lead back' type numbers, but the team's insistence all preseason is a bit worrisome.