Miller is dealing with a pectoral injury that limited him Thursday, but it does not seem likely to keep him off the field this week. Unfortunately, coming off a 72 yards on 22 carries performance, Miller has to face a defense that has held opposing backs to just 69.8 rushing yards per game over the last four.
Miller hasn't developed as a feature back for the Dolphins this season, but they showed a willingness to give him a big role last week. Unfortunately, against a tough matchup, Miller should be considered a low-end starting option for Week 14.
Miami visits the Steelers on Sunday.
"I'm delighted," Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said during his Monday news conference, per ESPN. "I thought [offensive coordinator] Mike [Sherman] did a great job sticking with the run. ...I thought [Miller] did a nice job. I thought his reads were good and he stayed on course pretty well. The thing we're looking for with all our backs is the ability to break more tackles and have more explosive runs."
Miller finished with 72 rushing yards, which was his third-highest total this season. He came close to scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but he had a 4-yard score come off the board after replayed showed he was down at the 1-yard line. Miller got a carry on the next play, but he was stopped for no gain and Miami settled for a field goal.
"With Daniel being out, he was told by me and his coach, Jeff Nixon, that he would carry the bulk of the load and, therefore, he was able to do that," Sherman said. "Most backs will tell you the more carries, the more effective, and I would tend to agree. They get a better feel for the game, a better feel for the cuts."
Miller rushed for 48 yards on nine carries in one game against the Jets last season, but that was against a vastly inferior Jets' defense. This year, New York is allowing a paltry 2.85 yards per carry, and no back has topped 100 yards on the ground vs. this team.
Miller has a chance to be a featured back for the first time in his career, but he has the bad luck of facing a team that allowed just 11.6 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Miller could emerge as a useful option down the stretch, but he is just a low-end Fantasy starter for Week 13.
Miller carried the ball 10 times in the game, and racked up just 8 yards total. This is the second time in the last three games he has finished a game with more carries than yards.
Miller did managed to make a bit of an impact in the passing game, finishing with four receptions for 39 yards. He could end up in line for a bigger role if Thomas is out in Week 13 against the Jets in New York.
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