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Lamar Miller tops recent production with decent Sunday game; still not worth fantasy use

Jeff Zelevansky

The Dolphins running back wasn't great Sunday, but he did manage to produce through accumulation. We break down the fantasy implications.

In his last three games, with parts of his offensive line missing for a variety of reasons, Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller had only 27 yards on 21 carries combined. His receiving yardage remained respectable, 68 yards in the three games, but overall he was a complete zero to both the Dolphins and fantasy owners. Sunday, though, Miller finally amped his production back up in the Dolphins' 23-3 victory over the New York Jets.

Miller had 72 yards on 22 carries, plus 13 receiving yards on one catch, in Sunday's game, his first since backup running back Daniel Thomas hit the injured reserve with a torn ankle ligament. That meant that Miller's production was mostly based on quantity, not quality -- the back averaged only 3.3. yards per carry in the game,

Fantasy impact: The fact that Miller's 85 yards and no score is a game worthy of modest celebration speaks volumes about how bad his season has been. The running back has only two touchdowns on the season and just passed 500 rushing yards on Sunday, putting him on pace for only about 730 on the season.

He's pretty obviously played himself out of starting RB territory. For those who are desperate, maybe Miller can be a low-end flex play, but even that is asking for a miracle.

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