Heath Miller's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 13

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2013

Nov 10, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller (83) runs after a pass reception against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller is as guilty as any at his position in the NFL.

Like most of the tight ends in the NFL, Miller has been wildly inconsistent at what has been a horrible fantasy position this season.

On Thanksgiving, Miller went a long way toward righting his wrongs with fantasy owners against the Baltimore Ravens. Miller brought in eight receptions for 86 yards. This netted Miller a cool eight fantasy points, which tied for his highest output of the season.

Oct 13, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller (83) runs after a catch against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Steelers won the game 19-6. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Spor
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The problem with Miller is simple—he has failed to score often, which has held him back as a fantasy starter. In fact, Miller has scored just once this season.

At a position that so heavily relies on touchdowns for production, Miller has disappeared as a red-zone option this year.

The schedule for Miller is a mixed bag the rest of the way. Week 14 is a favorable matchup, as only two other teams surrender more fantasy points to the position than Miami. After that, stout defenses against the position close out the season for Pittsburgh.

While it is great Miller is the primary safety valve for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, his production is strictly limited to the short-yardage variety. This means Miller is no better than a No. 2 fantasy option the rest of the way, although he should be in starting lineups against Miami.

 

Note: All fantasy scoring info courtesy of ESPN standard leagues. Points against info courtesy of ESPN.