Week Fifteen Drop: Lame duck running back, Reggie Bush, has again taken the lead back role in Miami. You could theorize that since the Dolphins are pretty much out of it, they can let Bush take the beating for the final few weeks. Keeping the mileage off of the legs of Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller is ideal since both should be competing for the starting gig next season. Either way, Thomas' seven carries for 13 yards over the last two weeks do little to inspire a fantasy owner to thrust him into a lineup in a couple of important weeks. It's a pity too, since the Dolphins face the porous run defenses of Jacksonville and Buffalo over the final two weeks.
Week Eleven Analysis; With nominal starter Reggie Bush fumbling and bumbling his way through the last two months, Daniel Thomas has parlayed his red zone role into an even timeshare, including significant passing down work. Thomas has played more snaps than Bush in each of the past three weeks, racking up 34 touches for 162 combo yards against Bush's 32 touches for 160 combo yards. In addition to giving up 5.2 yards per carry, the 16 touchdowns Buffalo has ceded to opposing backs are five more than the next worst team. Eight of those touchdowns have come in the last three weeks, so Thomas has a great opportunity here.
Week Ten Analysis: Believe it or not, Daniel Thomas has played more snaps than Reggie Bush in each of the last two games. Moreover, as the preferred red zone back, Thomas has outscored Bush three-to-two over Miami's last six games, and Thomas even missed one of those contests. While Thomas has only averaged a dozen touches in his last three games, that could very well be enough this week against Tennessee. The Titans have given up 11 touchdowns to opposing backs in nine games, and only the Saints give up more combo yards to the position per game than Tennessee's 183. Bush remains the better option, but both Miami backs should produce this week.
Week Nine Add: If Daniel Thomas can stay away from blows to his head, he figures heavily in the Dolphins offense. In his last three healthy games, Thomas has toted the rock for double digit carries and a touchdown. Last week against the Jets Thomas actually had more touches than Reggie Bush. The remaining schedule against the run for the Dolphins is incredibly favorable with games against Indy, Tennessee and Buffalo over the next three weeks. I'd bid $5 on Thomas.
Week Five Drop: Last week I told you to pick up Thomas, and now I'm telling you to drop him. But my recommendation was heavily couched. I told you that Thomas isn't very good, and that you were picking him up under the assumption that Reggie Bush would miss a week or two. As it turned out, Bush surprised everyone by starting, and Thomas was relegated to four carries and a 1 yard per carry average.
Week Four Add: With Reggie Bush expected to miss a game or two with his knee injury, Daniel Thomas look to be the primary beneficiary. He got all the work last Sunday after Bush went down, touching the ball 20 times. He looked ordinary (as always), but he's still the guy most likely to get carries. Lamar Miller is still learning the playbook, but he might have more talent than Thomas, and is worth a flier in deeper leagues. He's worth a $4 bid, especially to Bush's owners.