In recent seasons many fantasy football owners have completely ignored the Miami Dolphins. The organization has not exactly been an offensive powerhouse and most fantasy owners chose to simply put their faith in a more productive team.
However, there is one sleeper to target this season in South Beach and it is second-year running back Lamar Miller.
Most reports have Miller being the feature back in Miami in 2013, since RB Reggie Bush was run out of town and is now with the Detroit Lions. GM Jeff Ireland has praised Miller all off-season and could not be more excited to see what he can do with the extra carries. The starting job with be Miller’s to lose this summer.
Miller is 5’10” and his 218-pound frame makes him a very hardnosed runner between the tackles. Miami fooled themselves into thinking that Bush could be their inside rusher last year, but they quickly realized that they needed a tougher tailback. Miller is that every-down back and can be a strong contributor in the red-zone as well.
The former Miami Hurricane may have only gained 250 yards last year, but he still averaged a very respectable 4.9 yards on his 51 carries. Miller missed three games with concussion issues in the middle of the season, but the bruiser really started figuring things out by the end of the year.
Miller rushed for 73 yards on just 10 carries in a Week 16 win over the Buffalo Bills. He looked very decisive in picking his lanes and his 28-yard run in the game was one of the most impressive dashes of the season for the Dolphins. It was an extremely promising performance from a young back trying to make a name for himself in the NFL.
Miller will be a great third back to target in 2013 fantasy leagues. He has one of the easiest schedules for running backs and all the opportunity to become a top-20 fantasy back.