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Lamar Miller fantasy outlook after Daniel Thomas’ season-ending ankle injury

Lamar-Miller-DolphinsThe Miami Dolphins have gone with a two-headed running back committee this season of Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas. It has driven fantasy owners insane. Now that Daniel Thomas has suffered a season-ending ankle injury, that is going to change.

According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Thomas tore a ligament in his left ankle during Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers. He is expected to avoid having surgery, though the injury likely signals the end of his 2013 season. Miller, who has averaged 4.2 yards per carry this year as opposed to Thomas’ 3.6 yards, is expected to receive a boost in touches.

Fantasy owners who have Miller will probably see improvement based on volume alone. And Miami’s schedule is relatively favorable through the end of the fantasy season. They travel to New York to face a first-ranked Jets’ rushing defense next week, which could be brutal. Then it’s off to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers, who allow 118.8 rushing yards per game. The Dolphins then face the New England Patriots, who have been shredded on the ground without Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo, before taking on the Buffalo Bills’ 24th-ranked rushing defense.

Miller could be a great asset in the fantasy playoffs, especially with cold weather becoming a factor and teams looking to keep the ball on the ground.

NFL Players Used to Promote Porn Expo Exxxotica 2011, Deny Involvement

Several NFL players were used in an advertisement for the porn expo “Exxxotica Expo 2011” and the League may do something about it. The five players pictured in uniform on the flyer (displayed below) are Major Wright, Eric Berry, Jacoby Ford, Brandon Flowers, and Kareem Jackson. Rookies Corey Liuget, Daniel Thomas, and Anthony Allen are listed as hosts for the event but are not pictured. Major Wright has already distanced himself from the ad writing on twitter “I have NOTHING to do with the Exotic Expo @ the Rosemont! My pic was used without my permission. No Affiliation at all.” Kareem Jackson issued a similar statement, as have Flowers, Thomas, and Liuget.

It should be noted that Berry, Wright, Jackson, Allen, and Flowers, held a football camp together recently. Additionally, Ford, Wright, and Flowers’ pictures have been used to promote other parties, but it doesn’t mean they approved the use of their names and images for the Porn Expo in the flyer below:

Here’s a video report of the investigation by WLS TV via Shutdown Corner:

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Daniel Thomas May be Featured Running Back for Dolphins, Prime Fantasy Target

If there’s one thing the Miami Dolphins have loved to do under coach Tony Sparano, it’s run the ball. They did it successfully in 2009 with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams but they decided to balance the offense with more passing last season. If they decide to shift back to a running focus, they may have their new featured back.

The Dolphins traded three picks (a 3rd, 5th, and 7th) to the Washington Redskins to move up in the second round where they selected running back Daniel Thomas 62nd overall. All my UCLA friends should recall Thomas well; he was the guy in a purple #8 jersey running up and down the field all game in the season opener.

Thomas ran for 1,585 yards on 298 carries (3rd most in the country) last season for Kansas State, so there is little doubt he is a workhorse. He also is adept at running the Wildcat offense which should be perfect for Miami.

Though it’s too early to start doing mock fantasy football drafts — especially with the lockout — we wouldn’t be doing our duty if we didn’t share this nugget on Thomas. As Rotoworld pointed out, Thomas is expected to be Miami’s featured back with Williams, Brown, and Patrick Cobbs all free agents. The Dolphins could bring one of them back, but the job will likely be Thomas’ to lose.