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The Thomas talk has Miller coming at a value now. Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images
The Thomas talk has Miller coming at a value now. Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images

When I was being a fantasy addict and mock drafting back in April, Lamar Miller was being drafted in the late-second and early-third rounds. At the time, it seemed little high but the prevailing wisdom was that he didn’t really have any competition in Miami since Mike Gillislee is a rookie and Daniel Thomas is…well…Daniel Thomas. Fast forward four months and the latest reports out of Miami have Miller and Thomas pretty much at a dead heat (and that’s coming directly from their GM, Jeff Ireland. Is Thomas for real? Will Miller win the job eventually?

The answer to the first question is a resounding no, and the answer to the second part is really the key to what Miller’s value is this season. He’s struggled a bit this preseason, but he’s still a much better player than Daniel Thomas and should still seize the starting job sooner rather than later. The second and third round is obviously way too risky for Miller at this point, but he has the talent to reach that level and I don’t see any reason to let him fall past the fifth or sixth round if he’s sitting in your draft queue at that point.