Fantasy football owners who have been waiting for Lamar Miller to break out finally got their wish.
Unfortunately, Miller also earned a trip into the doghouse when he fumbled the ball in the red zone on the tail end of a 41-yard run that should have resulted in a touchdown, if he'd been able to see the field better, as noted by the NFL on ESPN and Cian Fahey of Football Outsiders:
Carlos Dunlap will HAUNT Lamar Miller's dreams tonight after that big-time fumble in the red zone!— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) November 1, 2013
Lamar Miller, field vision matters: pic.twitter.com/9g0SoOYFXw— Cian Fahey (@Cianaf) November 1, 2013
Predictably, despite his excellent production, Miller was yanked from the lineup and replaced by Daniel Thomas. Not only did he blow his chance to score by picking the wrong side of the field to run to, but his turnover cost his team any chance of scoring.
This isn't a new development for Miller, who has the physical abilities to become an explosive player on a weekly basis, but who has never been able to put the mental aspect of the game together with his raw talents.
It's truly frustrating, both from a fantasy and a real-world perspective, that Miller's mistakes continue to crop up in pressure situations.
Will Lamar Miller ever become a must-start fantasy star?
Heading into this game against the Bengals, Miller finally broke out with his first 100-yard game in Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens. He rushed for 89 yards in that game, adding another 23 yards on three catches.
After following it up with his monster performance on Thursday night, his talent is clearly evident.
However, Miami isn't going to continue letting Miller shoot the team in the foot with mental mistakes. He was held out of action for a long time after his first-half fumble before getting another chance to help his team late in the second half and into overtime.
He's a risky start from now until he proves he can play with consistency week in and week out. Matchups will be key, but after two solid weeks of production Miller's fantasy stock is on the rise.
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