Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller suffered a concussion in Week 14, thrusting Daniel Thomas into a bigger role, which carries fantasy football implications as the playoffs continue rolling along.
Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reported the news of Miller's injury in Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers:
Lamar Miller has a concussion. He will not return. On DT now.— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) December 8, 2013
Should Miller miss significant time, then fantasy owners would be smart to look outside Miami's roster for consistent fantasy production.
Thomas has had opportunities to be Miami's featured back for the past few years, but he's never seized them. Over the course of three seasons, he's averaged just 3.6 yards per carry, gaining 1,185 yards and seven touchdowns on 333 carries.
Making matters worse as it pertains to Thomas' fantasy value is the fact that he's not a great receiver out of the backfield, catching just 39 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns since joining the league.
Miami's offensive line is in shambles, too.
The third-year running back out of Kansas State showed up on the fantasy radar against Baltimore, totaling 42 yards and a touchdown, but nobody should expect consistent production from him.
What is Daniel Thomas' value after Miller's injury?
Miller wasn't a fantasy superstar before getting injured, averaging just 5.8 points per game (ESPN.com standard scoring), and the Dolphins entered Week 14 with the league's No. 25-ranked rushing offense.
Miami's offense just isn't going to produce a fantasy stud running back right now, and the schedule isn't conducive to a big showing by Thomas. Of the team's final three opponents, two of them (New York Jets and Buffalo Bills) ranked among the top 10 in fantasy scoring against opposing running backs prior to Week 14's action.
If you're relying on either Miller or Thomas to produce big points in the next few weeks, it would be smart to consider an alternate solution.
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