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Lamar Miller ‘clearly ahead’ of Knowshon Moreno?

Lamar-Miller-DolphinsKnowshon Moreno was one of the biggest steals in fantasy football last season. He was the lead back in a Peyton Manning offense, which is a position that always produces no matter who is playing it. But can the 26-year-old be nearly as productive with the Miami Dolphins?

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the early indication from OTAs and minicamp is that Lamar Miller will be the Dolphins’ starting running back.

Lamar Miller, being used more as a receiver out of the backfield, remains clearly ahead of Knowshon Moreno for the starting running back job. He had a long run for a touchdown Tuesday.

Miller appeared in all 16 games for the Dolphins last season, but he split time with Daniel Thomas and rushed for just 709 yards. He does, however, have a career average of 4.2 yards per carry. Moreno racked up more than 1,500 yards and scored 13 touchdowns in 2013 but, again, he did so in Manning’s offense. Defenses tend to be so worried about defending the pass that they give up yards in bunches to rushers.

Bottom line? Miller could be poised for a breakout year. Many experts were confused last year about why Joe Philbin and the Dolphins refused to set him loose. Perhaps this is the year they do that.

H/T Rotoworld

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.

Lamar Miller turns sure touchdown into fumble (GIF)

Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller turned what should have been a sure touchdown into a lost fumble during the second quarter of Thursday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Miller took a handoff on 2nd-and-5 and went to the sidelines, then made a nice cutback and looked like he had a clear path to paydirt. He had a few blockers ahead of him pushing Pacman Jones, but instead of continuing to his left away from Jones, he cut right where Carlos Dunlap was. Dunlap stripped him with a forceful swat on an outstanding hustle play.

Here’s the point where he should have gone left instead of right:

Lamar Miller play

The ball was swatted out of Miller’s hands so far it went scooting all the way to the end zone where Jones picked it up and returned it to the 41. The Bengals went 3-and-out on their possession, giving the ball back to the Dolphins, who scored when they got the ball back. Daniel Thomas carried the ball most of the drive.

GIF via The Big Lead