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Friday, June 28, 2013

2013 FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: LAMAR MILLER RB MIAMI DOLPHINS

I have said in more than a few occasions that opportunity is everything when it comes to fantasy football and the outlook of certain players.  Moving into a starting job whether one sat the bench for awhile or whether they come in as a high draft pick, the chance to gain a big infusion of playing time can oftentimes  result in a major spike in numbers and thus fantasy football relevancy.  Such is the case of Miami Dolphins second year running back Lamar Miller heads into 2013 as the clear cut starting running back who has earned a ton of positive attention from teammates and the media during and after minicamps.  With Reggie Bush now in Detroit, the job is Miller's to lose as only the awful Daniel Thomas serves as competition.  So with that said let's take a look at why Miller qualifies as a decent sleeper candidate.

Again the fact that Miller is looking at a promotion to the starter's role is the biggest key in all of this.  With the Dolphins having little in the running back department behind Miller, the opportunity is there for the kid to serve as the team's workhorse runner which would maximize his potential statistical output.  As far as what he could bring to the table, Miller was did a bit of everything during his stay with the Miami Hurricanes.  His final season in 2011 saw Miller rush for 1,271 yards and 9 touchdowns while also catching 17 passes.  That speaks well to Miller being an asset both in standard and PPR setups.  Versatile guys like Miller has the ability to be are always more interesting in fantasy football purposes and the clear path to massive playing time elevates him to potential RB 2 status.  However just keep in mind that Thomas could steal some goal-line carries and touchdowns.  Miller was not a huge name coming out of college despite being so productive and his lack of playing time his rookie 2012 season has kept him off the radar which will help in keeping his draft price from getting out of hand.  It is easy to see why Miller makes for a solid sleeper grab however and even though we won't truly know what we are getting until a few weeks into the season, the ability is there which combined with the opportunity makes him a prime draft target.

2013 PROJECTION:  1,097 yards 5 TD 35 catches 189 yards 



2 comments:

  1. It looks like the Dolphins are going to put their faith in Miller this season. If he holds up he could have a huge year.


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  2. Philip: I totally agree. Opportunity is there for a true breakout season as Miller can help in all facets. Just have to wonder how many TD's Daniel Thomas will poach.

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