Lamar Miller's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 9

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2013

Sep 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) scores a touchdown during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy football owners who have been waiting for Lamar Miller to break out finally got their wish.

Helping to spark a big win for the Miami Dolphins, Miller totaled 129 yards (105 rushing and 24 receiving) on Thursday Night Football against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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:

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.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Lamar Miller #26 of the Miami Dolphins misses a pass during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Sun Life Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

It's truly frustrating, both from a fantasy and a real-world perspective, that Miller's mistakes continue to crop up in pressure situations.

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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