Running back Lamar Miller is locked in to start this afternoon in Cleveland, but 3rd year running back Daniel Thomas is breathing down his neck. Miller has outplayed Thomas through much of the preseason, but expects to see roughly the same amount of carries as Miller in the season opener.
Miller is certainly the more gifted athlete of the two. He runs a 4.4 forty yard dash and has the potential to have some huge fantasy weeks, but he must have a good game against the Browns to keep the starting job.
Thomas ran the ball for a scant 7 yards on 3 carries during the Dolphins third pre-season game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Miller ran for 35 yards on 8 carries. But Miami still has plenty of faith in Thomas and will likely start the season splitting carries between the two backs.
Miller should be plugged into all fantasy lineups, but temper your expectations to see how things sort out in the Miami backfield. The Browns are a very good team at stopping the run and may be able to shut down both backs. Miller is an underrated running back, but he has to convince head coach Joe Philbin of that fact before he becomes the true lead back in Miami.