Fantasy Outlook for Daniel Thomas, Lamar Miller After Reggie Bush Benching

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent INovember 11, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 07:  Running back Daniel Thomas #33 of the Miami Dolphins, runs the ball into the endzone to score a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)
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Joe Philbin runs one tight ship. 

After a fumble that led to a Tennessee Titans touchdown a few plays later, Reggie Bush was planted on the bench and stayed there for the remainder of the game.

His backups, Daniel Thomas and rookie Lamar Miller, handled the rushing duties from there on out.

They were only given eight carries as the Miami Dolphins were forced to play catch up through the entire game. However, they did gain 33 yards on those carries for a decent 4.1-yards-per-carry average.


Fantasy Outlook for Thomas

 Thomas was already getting half of the snaps in recent weeks, so there's a decent chance that there is more to the Bush story than meets the eye. Philbin isn't one to take much guff (see Johnson, Chad), and Bush has a history of being a prima donna.

Philbin is smart like that. He knows a productive-yet-dramatic player can detract from a message of hard work. Thomas is a workman-like back that will continue to gain more carries as the season progresses.

In recent weeks, Thomas had become a decent flex or second running back for fantasy teams. Now, he should be entrenched at either position unless you have a deep running back pool.


Fantasy Outlook for Miller

Philbin may want to continue to pound his message of hard work and integrity into his players. But at the cost of giving away all of Bush's carries? Probably not. 

I know it seems a contradiction from the above, but it isn't. Thomas will gain more carries as a result of this event. However, Bush will still get some work, leaving the scraps for Miller.

At this point, Miller should remain a desperation play. If you need him for your flex or, dare I say it, running back slot, you had better be in a very deep league. Otherwise, you're in trouble.