After playing last week, Steelers tight end Heath Miller is finally getting back to strength since tearing his ACL last December. Fantasy owners in need of a tight end are keeping an eye on Miller to see if he can start putting up good numbers again. At some point he should be effective, but is it worth starting a recovering Miller at Minnesota this Sunday?
Miller had 3 receptions for 35 yards against the Bears last Monday. He played in 59% of the team’s offensive snaps and was targeted 4 times by QB Ben Roethlisberger. He should be in on more snaps this upcoming weekend against the Vikings, and will likely get a couple more targets as well.
Miller will be facing a Minnesota defense that has been miserable at defending tight ends in the red zone this season. The Vikings have allowed 6 touchdown receptions to tight ends through 3 games so far. As they’re averaging 2 touchdowns a game to tight ends, it’s not too bold to think that Miller will get his first score of the season against them on Sunday.
Though the Vikes are letting tight ends score, they are not dominating them as a whole. They’ve allowed an average of just 6 receptions and 58 yards to tight ends per game, which isn’t terrible. In that case, the issue with starting Miller would be that you’re relying on him to score, but not put up steady yardage and reception numbers. It’s safer to rely on yards over touchdowns, so you’ll be taking a gamble if you start him.
All things considered, Miller is only worth starting in deeper leagues for the chance that he scores. If you have a more tight end reliable option, go with the other instead. Miller may still only get limited work because of his injury and should not be expected to rack up a high amount of yards or receptions. However, pay attention to Miller has he continues to get healthy. He can be reliable again down the stretch.