Continuing to have a place for Lamar Miller is like entering one of those bad relationships. Yeah, there are some ups, but more often than not, you're going to have your heart broken, along with other pieces of furniture in your household.
The second-year running back did almost nothing on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and that's not an exaggeration. Miller had just two rushing yards on seven carries and caught two passes for nine yards.
What's even worse is that he led the team in rushing yards (via Sportscenter):
Hopefully, you were smart enough to keep Miller on the bench, unlike Deadspin's Drew Magary.
Looks like I picked the wrong evening to need three points outta Lamar Miller. (jumps off roof)— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) November 12, 2013
You can't blame Magary too much, because Miller was coming off the back of what was one of his best performances. In Week 9, he had 105 yards on 16 carries. That was also after an 89-yard performance in Week 8.
"Maybe he turned a corner," you thought coming into Monday night.
Don't expect anything different from Miller for the rest of the season, either. The only consistent area of his game is his inconsistency. This is the player he's gonna be. One week he'll look like a million bucks, the next he's awful.
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That kind of extreme variability means you should consider Miller a flex option, at best. He's not an RB2 except in really deep leagues with about 20 teams, and even then, there are probably other backs who will give you close to as many points without all the headaches.
If you're looking to possibly trade Miller, don't bother. It's unlikely there is going to be another owner who's willing to give up anything in return for a player who's so up and down from one week to the next. You're better off holding on to him and waiting for another big week to come.
Just monitor the Dolphins' matchups from week to week and hope you get lucky with Miller.