LaMichael James Fantasy News

Seahawks work out RBs; expect Thomas Rawls to play

Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 9:17pm

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

While Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday he expects Thomas Rawls will be able to play Sunday against the 49ers, the team appears to be looking at other tailback options just in case — either for this week or the playoffs.

The NFL’s official transaction wire confirmed that the Seahawks on Tuesday worked out five running backs, four of whom have some significant NFL experience — Stevan Ridley, Jonas Gray, LaMichael James, Dominique Williams and Daniel Herron.

There was also a report (which has yet to be confirmed by the transaction wire or the team) that the Seahawks have re-signed running back Kelvin Taylor to the practice squad. Taylor, a sixth-round pick of the 49ers this year, was on Seattle’s active roster for the win over the Rams, then released the following week. He is the son of former NFL star Fred Taylor, and like his father played at Florida.

Related players: Alex Collins

Fantasy Impact:

Rawls suffered a bruised shoulder in the first half of Saturday’s 34-31 win over Arizona and did not play in the second half. HC Pete Carroll expects Rawls to be OK.

Monday, September 14, 2015, 5:35pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Just days after elevating him from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, the Miami Dolphins cut running back Jonas Gray. The former New England Patriots running back was the second back released by the Dolphins on Monday, with LaMichael James being the first.

To counteract the transaction, the Dolphins signed running back Raheem Mostert off the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad.

Mostert led the NFL in yards from scrimmage this preseason, although it's unlikely that he'll be used as a running back often for the Dolphins. Instead, he could see time as a kick returner, which is a role he filled in college at Purdue.

Monday, September 14, 2015, 1:33pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Dolphins running back LaMichael James touched the ball only twice on Sunday at Washington, both on kickoff returns, and on one of those two returns he fumbled. That fumble may have been the final straw for James.

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said today that the Dolphins are cutting James.

James was involved in an altercation with teammate Landry Jones last week, but that doesn’t seem to be a part of the Dolphins’ decision to cut him. Instead, it’s simply a matter of James being unable to contribute consistently, either on offense or on special teams.

Fantasy Impact:

The team signed Jonas Gray which may be more of a factor in letting go of James. Damien Williams won the RB2 job in camp to backup Lamar Miller.

Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:21pm

Dolphins RB LaMichael James (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 1.

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:19pm

Dolphins RB LaMichael James (shoulder) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps.

Dolphins Jay Ajayi out with hamstring injury

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 4:28pm

Palm Beach Post - [Full Article]

Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi, a highly hyped fifth-round draft pick, is out with a hamstring injury.

It wasn’t immediately known who long he will be out.

Ajayi, who is competing for the No. 2 running back job, had just one carry for 12 yards in Friday’s scrimmage.

He was expected to emerge as the primary backup to Lamar Miller, but he’s been in a hotly-contested battle with Damien Williams and LaMichael James.

While it wouldn’t be a surprise for the Dolphins to keep four backs, VP Mike Tannenbaum said last week that Ajayi needs to work on his pass protection if he wants to be active on Sundays.

Fantasy Impact:

It may open the door for LaMichael James or Damien Williams who are both having good camps for the Dolphins.

Dolphins Beat: LaMichael James making a push for RB2 job

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:15am

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Dolphins RB LaMichael James took a risk when he requested his release from the 49ers early last season, frustrated after receiving just 41 carries in two-plus years.

He found a job with the Dolphins three weeks later, initially on the practice squad and then on the 53-man roster beginning in mid-November. But he had only three carries, for 9 yards.

“I can do anything,” he said. “I can play receiver, running back, returner. … I love my chances against anybody. I just have to believe in myself.”

Asked to assess the battle for the No. 2 running back job, Joe Philbin on Thursday said: “I think Damien Williams has had a really good camp. LaMichael James has done well.

Jay Ajayi is picking things up and improving. I really like the group.”

He also mentioned Mike Gillislee’s work in the red zone.

Fantasy Impact:

The former Oregon star is challenging for the backup running back behind Lamar Miller. James, selected in the second round in 2012, has looked very good in training camp, according to the story. The odds are likely against him as Williams projects to be the RB2 and Jay Ajayi is at least a good change of pace back to give the team a power running option.

Monday, June 29, 2015, 2:33pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

ESPN's James Walker says Dolphins RB LaMichael James is on the roster bubble.

Walker: James is an interesting project for Miami. He was a hot name coming out of Oregon in 2012 and the 49ers took him with the No. 61 overall pick. But the smaller James never fit San Francisco's power running game and he was released in his third season. The Dolphins picked him up, but James played in only two games last season and rushed for 9 yards on three carries. This is a huge year for James to prove himself. He's had a full offseason with the Dolphins to learn the offense, and the backup tailback position is wide open behind starter and 1,000-yard rusher Lamar Miller.

Fantasy Impact:

Walker went on to say that James is a better fit for Miami’s spread scheme under offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, and the running back has made some nice plays this spring. But James will compete for reps with a crowded group of running backs that includes Miller, rookie Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams and Mike Gillislee. Miami may keep only three tailbacks on its active roster and it could come down to Williams or James for the final spot.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7:18pm

Dolphins Inactives
Daryn Colledge G
Terrence Fede DE
Cortland Finnegan CB
LaMichael James RB
Anthony Johnson DT
Chris McCain LB
Billy Turner T

Fantasy Impact:

Lamar Miller is active for the Dolphins and expected to see an increased workload from last week when he gained only 6 yards on 5 touches and played just 11 snaps. Still, Miller is not a recommended play on a short week in a tough matchup with the Bills, who are giving up the third fewest aFPA to running backs this season.

Dolphins Beat: Lamar Miller 'fine' after Week 10

Monday, November 10, 2014, 2:18pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

It is apparently not as it bad as it looks for Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller. If you are into connecting dots to build a picture, then the picture of the current situation would look terible for Miller.

But a source tells me Miller "is fine." He did not reinjure his shoulder against the Lions. He can practice this week (perhaps on a limited basis, if that's what trainers decide) and he can play against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, barring another setback to the shoulder.

So after getting some bad injury news the past 24 hours, this is good news for the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact:

Miller was limited in Week 10, and the team promoted LaMichael James today from the practice squad. We're still not sure what kind of role Miller will have in Week 11. It's a short week against the Bills. It's possible he was limited against the Lions so he can be ready to go Thursday night, but the short week is a concern.

Monday, November 10, 2014, 1:21pm

Palm Beach Post - [Full Article]

The Dolphins are promoting running back LaMichael James from the practice squad. That means Miami will have four running backs on the active roster — Lamar Miller, Damien Williams, Daniel Thomas and James.

James — 5-foot-9, 195 pounds — was a star running back at the University of Oregon. He led the NCAA in rushing with 1,731 yards in 2010.

He was drafted in the second round of the 2012 Draft by San Francisco but he’s rushed for just 184 yards in his career.

Fantasy Impact:

Miller is dealing with a shoulder injury and was limited to just four carries in Sunday’s loss to Detroit. Williams had a team-high seven carries for 34 yards. It may be a move to add some insurance at the position, especially if Miller is going to be limited, or perhaps even out. It's a quick turnaround as the Dolphins play the Bills Thursday night.

Knowshon Moreno (ACL) out for the year

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 9:38am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno was put on season-ending injured reserve with an ACL injury, the team announced Tuesday morning.

Moreno played in just three games this season and rushed for 10 yards on six carries in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Moreno was an important part of Miami's rushing attack. He was second on the team in carries (31) and rushing yards (148). Moreno also averaged 4.8 yards per carry.

But injuries have hampered Moreno all season. He had knee surgery in the summer and missed a portion of training camp. Moreno also suffered an elbow injury that kept him out of two games in the regular season before suffering his latest season-ending knee injury.

Fantasy Impact:

This pretty much came out of nowhere. Moreno, who signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins, will become an unrestricted free agent next March. It now looks like Lamar Miller (330 rushing yards, three touchdowns) will carry an even bigger load for the Dolphins with Daniel Thomas chipping in as well. Damien Williams and LaMichael James could also see time but this looks like it's mainly going to be Miller's job.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 8:21pm

Palm Beach Post - [Full Article]

Running back and kick returner LaMichael James agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins to join their practice squad.

The deal Tuesday came after James was released Sept. 8 by the San Francisco 49ers, who took him in the second round of the 2012 draft.

49ers Beat: Colin Kaepernick's read-option could return in Week 2

Friday, September 12, 2014, 1:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

After cutting LaMichael James this week, the 49ers have just two tailbacks on the roster. Facing a Chicago Bears team that gave up 193 yards on the ground in its opener, you have to figure the Niners would stick to a ground attack in christening Levi's Stadium. So investing in Frank Gore seems smart. But the feeling in Santa Clara, California, is quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the read-option could make a big comeback against the Bears as well.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bears do not have a good defense and Kaepernick is already our #5 QB this week, but if the 49ers use him in the running game extensively, he'll have upside from there.

Monday, September 8, 2014, 2:41pm

Adam Caplan on Twitter - [Full Article]

RB LaMichael James has been granted his release from the 49ers according to his agent.

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