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: 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 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?
According to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins reportedly have hopes that Lamar Miller “can play the role of LeSean ‘Shady’ McCoy’ — the Eagles’ running back who was wildly productive during Bill Lazor’s year with coach Chip Kelly in Philadelphia.”
SMITTY: Lamar Miller was on our Upside Board (bold predictions) last season, and let me tell you, he didn’t fail due to lack of talent. That Miami staff last season refused to use the ultra-talented running back, but Bill Lazor has his head on straight. With a 7th-round ADP, we’re looking at mostly ‘high-reward’ and very little risk, folks. He disappointed last year, no question; however, invest once more in the guy given the price tag — the upside is huge! View our 2014 Top 10 Bold Predictions!
According to Adam Schefter on Twitter, Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno “will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery this week and miss four to five weeks, per ESPN sources.”
SMITTY: While Knowshon Moreno should “technically” be back in time for Week 1, Lamar Miller should have a kung fu grip on that Dolphins’ starting running back job by then; Moreno is not fully conditioned now, it’s hard to imagine him being in shape come Week 1. Miller disappointed me more than anyone last year, as I had him pegged to breakout. However, given his 8th- to 9th-round ADP in redraft, he is well worth the grab, as that’s practically no-risk territory. It was the coaching last year that led to Miller’s underutilization, and while poor decision making could once again rob opportunity, Miller has a nice little window between now and Week 1 to show his elusiveness and Frank Gore-like skill set. Want 2014 projections? Get it here:
UPDATE: According to Jason Cole on Twitter, the knee of Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno is “bad”. He added, “Prob will play, but the issue is how long.”
According to profootballtalk’s Mike Florio, Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno “may need knee surgery”. The report also suggests that if Moreno needs arthroscopic surgery, “he’d likely be ready to go in time for training camp.”
SMITTY: We previously reported that Moreno was sitting out practice, and Lamar Miller was getting the first-team reps — now we know why. Miller was one of my breakout candidates last year, but that Dolphins’ coaching staff refused to let him loose. I stand by all my statements last year, that Lamar can become Frank Gore-good, but he needs to get starter-type carries, something that now might look possible. While most will avoid this situation entirely in 2014, disappointment is actually built into his ADP (9th-round) right now — He is well worth the risk given that ADP. Check out our 2014 projections for both backs:
According to miamiherald.com’s Barry Jackson, Dolphins RB Lamar Miller “remains clearly ahead of Knowshon Moreno for the starting running back job.”
SMITTY: He also had a long touchdown run today, according to reports. Miller was a big-time breakout candidate last year, but his coaching staff refused to use him properly. He remains, by far, the most talented rusher on the roster, and still reminds me a lot of Frank Gore in his prime. He is also a great receiver, so he has sneaky PPR value no matter what. Given the disappointment last year, Miller enters 2014 as a bargain grab, as no one is even considering him as a RB2 or even a high-end flex, so it’s literally a no-risk/high-upside situation. I sure hope we all get to see the player we talked up all last season.