The Miami Dolphins head to Illinois to face the Chicago Bears this Sunday, with a 1pm ET kickoff. Miami comes into the game with a couple of intriguing fantasy football options this week in running back Lamar Miller and wide receiver Mike Wallace. Are either of them worth starting?
This season, Miller has held on to his starting position despite the Dolphins signing Knowshon Moreno in the offseason. Now, Moreno is on injured reserve, and Miami does not seem completely enamored with the other two available running backs, Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams. Miller appears to be in position to go from "starting" running back to "feature" back.
After five games, Miller is averaging just over 12 carries per game. With Moreno out, and a healthy 5.2 yards per carry average for Miller, good enough for fourth in the league, Miller should see his workload increase starting this week. "I feel like I can handle more," Miller told reporters earlier this week. "But anything Coach Lazor calls, I am just trying to do anything to help this team win. Whether its pass protection or catching the ball out of the backfield or running the ball, I am just trying to do anything."
While Miller could be seeing more carries, he will be doing it against the 10th ranked rush defense, based on yards per game allowed this season, in the Bears this weekend. Miller should be a consideration for a RB2 position this week, especially if you are looking for a bye week replacement.
Wallace is clearly the Dolphins top receiver at this point, with nearly 20 more targets than any other player on the team. If Wallace can stop dropping the ball, he could see his stats jump even more, increasing his 313 yards, 25 receptions, 12.5 yards per catch, and four touchdowns.
People are again questioning quarterback Ryan Tannehill this week, and he torched the Oakland Raiders last time this happened. It may not be as loud this week as it was heading into that Week 4 game in London, and the Bears are a better team than the Raiders, but it is out there and he could be looking to silence that. If so, Wallace again stands to gain from it.
The Bears have allowed 10 touchdown passes in their last four home games, which means Wallace should be able to find the endzone this week. Like Miller, I would consider him a WR2 option, and would not tell you to start him over someone like Brandon Marshall or Dez Bryant this week. He should be in your lineup somewhere though.
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