Miller leading RB race: The Dolphins (like seemingly everyone else in the NFL) are going up-tempo with their offense this year. But if the season started today, it wouldn’t be Knowshon Moreno getting the nod as the lead running back. That distinction currently belongs to Lamar Miller. The third-year back has been the best of a trio that includes Daniel Thomas so far in minicamp. It’s not a major surprise after recent reports that Moreno isn’t in game shape just yet. After an underwhelming 2013 campaign, there’s no guarantee that Miller holds on to the job, but as long as he sits atop Miami’s depth chart, he’ll be the first ‘Fin off the board in most drafts.
Johnson still CJ2K?: Add this to the list of Dan Hanzus’ minicamp tropes — Chris Johnson says he’s still capable of posting a 2,000-yard season. His optimism is wonderful, but the reality has suggests otherwise. Johnson hasn’t come close to duplicating his magical 2009 season. His best effort came the following season when he ran for 1,364 yards. Now he’ll work as part of a platoon with Chris Ivory with the Jets. It’s a situation that won’t afford him the number of touches necessary to challenge the 2,000-yard barrier. From a fantasy perspective, if Johnson can finish the season in the neighborhood of 1,100 yards with 6-8 touchdowns, we’d consider it a win.
Foles hypes Maclin: Plenty of people are wondering what Jeremy Maclin will look like after missing an entire season with a knee injury. According to Nick Foles, Maclin looks better than ever. He’ll have to be at the top of his game not only to replace DeSean Jackson as the leader among the receivers, but also to hold off Riley Cooper and impressive rookie Jordan Matthews on the depth chart. In Philly’s high-powered offense, there’s the potential for Maclin to post WR1-like numbers. But just a year after major knee surgery, it might be wiser for fantasy owners to consider him as more of a WR2 option.
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