Texans RB Lamar Miller (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 16. Miller had an MRI on his ankle but says he’ll be able to play through it. He missed practice all week, which is worrisome. Akeem Hunt had the most carries of the Houston backups, but Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes would also be involved if Miller were to miss Week 16. The Texans play on Saturday night, so hopefully we’ll get some guidance from Adam Schefter or Ian Rapoport early Saturday.
HOU RB Jonathan Grimes - 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
While Lamar Miller was signed to handle a true featured role and Alfred Blue is the clear-cut backup, Grimes has proven to be very effective in a limited role in Houston. Despite being limited to 56 carries last year, he still racked up a solid rushing 282 yards -- putting him at a solid 5.0 yards per carry. In addition, he's a capable receiver as demonstrated by his 26-catch, 173-yard, one-touchdown receiving line in 2015. Grimes was also had some runs taking the snap directly from center a last year, suggesting a versatility that HC Bill O'Brien is willing to exploit on occasion. In addition, Grimes has only one fumble on his 158 career touches.
The question this year, especially with the addition of rookie Tyler Irvin, is one of opportunity. Will he see enough action to satisfy fantasy owners? That seems unlikely.
2016 Bottom Line
While redraft owners won't be in a hurry to land Grimes, the above-mentioned versatility is interesting if there are injuries to either Miller or Blue (or both).