SMITTY: The Jets declared TE Jace Amaro, RE Muhammad Wilkerson, QB Matt Simms, WR Walter Powell, CB Josh Thomas, OL Dakota Dozier, and OL Wesley Johnson inactive for Monday night’s Week 13 contest against MIA; Charles Clay (knee) is inactive for the Dolphins. If you were planning on starting Clay, be sure to quickly scoop up and start Dion Sims, who will start in his place. We expect big games out of Lamar Miller, Ryan Tannehill and Jarvis Landry. Landry could be a rising star, so look for him to progress down the stretch here in these final five games of the NFL season. As for those Jets players, only Percy Harvin has decent upside on a weekly basis, and that's only at a WR3 in larger leagues.
SMITTY: UPDATE: Bryce Brown will start at RB for the Dolphins tonight, and he is a sneaky flex play for sure. Anything can happen with these RBBCs, though, so don't sit a solid play for Brown or anything, but don't be afraid to use him either (if in need). Anthony Dixon will get a shot to try and prove to be the hot hand in this game, and that's what makes this kind of a risk from all sides. It looks like Fred Jackson will sit this one, but Sammy Watkins (groin) is a go, and so is Lamar Miller, but he is said to possibly looking at a snap count, so be careful playing him if you have more secure options.
PREVIOUS NEWS: As of now, Watkins and Miller are expected to play, with Miller looking somewhat limited and maybe set to be in a RBBC rotation… F-Jax isn't likely to play, which makes Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown players to grab if you’re in need at the position. That will likely be an even split unless one of the two becomes the ‘hot hand’ in this one. Looking for Week 11 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: This is good news, and it’s looking a little more like the runner could play Week 10. Stay on our news, as Miller remains a high-end flex option, if not a low-end RB2 option whenever he is getting starter carries. Looking for Week 10 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Knowshon Moreno (knee) has already been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. It looks like the rest of the season is now the Lamar Miller Show. The elusive Miller has looked every bit the part so far this year when he has received the carries/receptions — expect him to flirt with high-end RB2-type numbers from here on out. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: Is it finally Miller time, or will that Dolphins coaching staff still underutilize the ultra-talented rusher? We have been waiting for Miller to consistently get starter carries since this time last year, but Miami has refused to invest in their Frank Gore-like talent. With Moreno (elbow) on the shelf through at least Week 5-6 (some suggest longer), Miller has a real opportunity to produce like a fantasy RB2. Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: This is a great opportunity for a runner that failed so many of us last season. Hopefully Lamar Miller stays healthy, as he has sneaky-good RB2 upside now that he is expected to see starter carries. Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?
According to miamiherald, “it is clear Knowshon Moreno is Miami’s lead running back. Miller, who was the starter and unchallenged all preseason, has lost his job as Miami’s lead back.”
SMITTY: There is a ton of speculation with this write-up. I’m not suggesting that this writer will be wrong, but this is a RBBC to start off, and both runners will have a chance to fight for the lead dog duties in Miami. Don’t count on either back as of now, it’s a cloudy situation for sure, but don’t write-off Miller either, though. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
According to the Miami Herald, both Dolphins RB Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno split first-team reps over the past two days.
SMITTY: Joe Philbin claims that the starting gig is up for grabs, but seemed to talk up Lamar Miller quite a bit more than Knowshon Moreno, saying this about the runner: “I like everything Lamar has done since he’s gotten here,” Philbin said. “He’s had an excellent offseason and camp… I like everything he’s done since April 21.” With a 6th- to 7th-round ADP, there isn’t much risk investing in Miller this year, yet there is a lot of upside. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?
According to Armando Salguero on Twitter, Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno has come off the PUP list and is “Ready to practice.”
SMITTY: Lamar Miller has already created some nice distance between he and Knowshon Moreno, and Bill Lazor is going to use Miller much like the Eagles use LeSean McCoy. Given his 70-80 overall ADP right now, I love the value and reward compared to risk. Could Miller once again get the short end of the stick in 2014? Absolutely. Coaching and situation are half the battle, and Miller could get hurt tomorrow and lose all kinds of ground by Week 1. But, at 70-80 overall value, the risk is minimal and the reward is great, as I truly see an elite skill set in Miller, none of that has changed since last off-season for me. He just needs a chance to handle starter carries. Let’s hope he gets that chance right out of the gate in Week 1 (at home against the Patriots). Looking for Week 1 Lamar Miller Power Rankings? As for the preseason, we will see Miller this Friday at Atlanta.
According to numerous reports, Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno could miss the entire preseason with a knee injury; Lamar Miller has been the first-team rep rusher during camp, which is expected to remain the case during the preseason.
SMITTY: No one was more disappointed in the usage of Lamar Miller last season than I was, and I still stand by my valuation of the guy — that he has elite talent. Given how much support he has recently received from his coaching staff, I won’t lie, I’m starting to get excited again, especially given the fact that Miller holds roughly a 7th-round ADP. New play caller Bill Lazor has backed Miller, something we never saw last year in Miami, and Lazor is going to be conducting a run-based attack in 2014, so Miller has both a “bounce-back” and “sleeper” tag heading into Week 1. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?