The Miami Dolphins are playing for 2013 at this point and may start taking measures to explore certain players over the final three weeks. One of them that stands out to me is rookie running back Lamar Miller.
The Miami Hurricanes product is a capable receiver - often flexed into the slot - and a shifty runner. The Dolphins have a decision to make with Reggie Bush, whose contract expires after this year. Most accounts point to the team allowing Bush to test the free-agent market in the spring.
Is it Miller Time?
Realistically, Miami's coaching staff has no reason to play Bush in the backfield. They should either convert him into a slot receiver for the rest of the year or resign him to an exclusive special teams return man role.
The Dolphins probably have seen enough from Daniel Thomas to at least know what he is not: a feature back. The second-year back has struggled with injury problems throughout his short career and struggles in short-yardage situations. He is best used in a tandem with a quicker, more explosive option, such as Miller or Bush. It appears Miller may have already surpassed him as the No. 2 rusher on the depth chart, per some local-area reports.
Miller could be the future, so why not find out now rather than later? He has three favorable matchups ahead. I say that if he cannot do some damage against those opponents, Miami's front office probably should look elsewhere in the offseason.
The Dolphins play the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team that is tied for the fifth-most standard fantasy points allowed to the position in the last month. Week 16 brings the Buffalo Bills, whose D has surrendered the fourth-most standard points to RBs on the year. Should you be concerned with Week 17 action, Miami goes against the New England Patriots' defense that has allowed 143.8 offensive yards and 0.75 touchdowns per game in their last four.
For those in full-retention keeper leagues, Miller is an appealing stash target.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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