Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Sometimes an explosion of numbers is that obvious.  A confluence of events or changes come together to maximize the potential of a player who maybe only hinted at greatness prior.  It is under this scenario where I present to you Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller who I fully believe is sitting on a monster breakout 2016 campaign that will launch him into the stratosphere in fantasy football circles.  Let's get right into it.

As far as Miller's history is concerned, the 26-year-old former Miami Hurricanes runner comes off a four-season tenure with the Miami Dolphins where he often was severely underutilized both in the running and passing game.  Desite averaging 4.5 yards per carry or better in three of his four seasons in Florida, Miller's career-high in rushing yardage was the modest 1,099 he had in 2014 which also was the only time he went over 1,000.  The Dolphins always seemed more interested in forcing a committe approach at the expense of Miller which really hurt his fantasy football value and never made him more than a RB 2 in any of his four seasons.  2015 did show some promise of what Miller could do with the more work though, especially in the passing game as he caught a career-best 47 balls for 397 yards.  His 872 rushing yards was no doubt disappointing but Miller did average a very good 4.5 a pop there.  His best work though came in Week 7 when he rushed for 175 yards and a score, while catching 3 passes for another 61 yards and a second touchdown.  The team he did it against?  The Houston Texans.  Thus it was no surprise that run-loving head coach Bill O'Brien came calling in free agency and he is expected to make Miller his clear bell cow back who will get a ton of work both in the running and passing game.  That means those who especially take part in PPR formats should be doubly interested given the expected numbers Miller can put up in 2016.  O'Brien has made it clear he will use Miller heavily and this is from a team that finished first and 5th in the NFL in rushing attempts the last two seasons.  Put it all together and Miller is sitting on a monster breakout season and his potential alone makes him a very good late first round pick.  If you can snag Miller in Round 2, even better.  Either way this is going to be a significant story this season.   

2016 PROJECTION:  1,216 rushing yards 8 TD 59 receptions 488 yards 3 TD  

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