Lamar Miller: Updated Fantasy Football Profile, Outlook After Reggie Bush Injury

Nick KostoraContributor IIISeptember 23, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 29:  Lamar Miller #44 of the Miami Dolphins at Cowboys Stadium on August 29, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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An injury to Reggie Bush in Week 3 has opened the door for rookie Lamar Miller to assume a larger role within the Miami Dolphins offense.

However, with Daniel Thomas also competing for carries in the backfield, how big of a fantasy factor can Miller be?

Let's break down the fantasy essentials for the former Miami Hurricanes star.



Miller is a 5'10" 218-pound running back with tremendous speed and flexibility within the framework of any offense.

He rushed for over 1,900 yards in two seasons with the Hurricanes and scored 16 touchdowns in that time frame.

Miller is not a great receiving threat, but he can make the occasional catch when called upon. He racked up 28 receptions at Miami.

His 4.40 40 time speed (the best among 2012 running backs in the NFL draft) is what can make him a threat at the NFL level, and it has already been displayed in just two games of action.

Miller has 19 carries for 113 yards and one touchdown through those games, and has had three rushes of 19 yards or greater.


Fantasy Outlook

The Dolphins backfield was beyond crowded with Bush, Miller and Thomas all getting work, but the Bush injury certainly makes things more interesting for his backups.

Thomas got the bulk of the carries once Bush went down against the New York Jets, but Miller had a higher yards-per-carry average and looked better with the ball in his hands.

Thomas, however, had the carry that went for a touchdown and looks like the "starter" for the time being.

That is little more than a label though as both backs will continue to see double-digit carries.

Thomas is the more promising fantasy option because he will get more carries, but Miller is not a terrible RB3 or bench player to watch as things develop.



Do not rush to get Miller into your starting lineup.

He is a talented young player with breakaway speed that may have some long touchdown runs in his future, but he is unfortunately going to get less work than Thomas for now.

Bush was seen pedaling on the stationary bike after his injury, but he did not return to the game and his immediate future is uncertain.

If you have space on your bench, then consider making room for Miller and watching this situation develop.

He has the talent to be a factor if he ever gets a heavier workload, but that just does not seem to be coming yet.