25-Year-Old Linebacker – Denver Broncos
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Miller is one of the best pass rushers in the league when he is on the field, but that has been an issue for him lately. He was suspended for the first six games of last season for violating the leagu...
Von Miller Contract Information:
Had his fifth-year contract option, worth $9.754 million in 2015, picked up by the Broncos in April of 2014.
Miller (knee) is slated to make his preseason debut Saturday versus the Texans, the Denver Post reports.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Miller is making progress from the torn ACL that he sustained in Week 16, but team drills are likely still in the distant future, namely training camp or even the regular season. The Broncos exercised their team option on the pass rusher during the offseason, though, guaranteeing that he'll suit up for the team through 2015.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)By having his option picked up, Miller is in line to earn $9.754 million with the Broncos in 2015. From a more immediate standpoint, the outstanding pass rusher is rehabbing from January surgery to repair a torn ACL that he suffered late last season. It's unclear at this stage, however, how close to 100 percent the linebacker (who notched 35 tackles and five sacks in nine games last season) will be to start the season.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Miller was suspended for the first six games of last season and was only able to rack up five sacks in the eight games in which he played, before suffering the torn ACL in Week 16 against the Texans. If he's able to get back to full strength, he could be a solid IDP play this season, especially if teams focus their attention on newly-acquired pass rusher DeMarcus Ware.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
It might seem wrong to list a superstar like Miller this low in the rankings, but IDP leagues don't necessarily measure real-life impact as much as they do raw statistics, and Miller's role as a linebacker/defensive end hybrid leaves him with fewer tackle opportunities than the other players with the linebacker designation. It's safe to say that Miller should still be owned in most IDP leagues since he's a remarkable pass rusher, but his failure to reach the 70-tackle mark the last two years limits his upside in most scoring systems. What further limits his upside is that he'll be suspended for the first six games of the season after violating the leagues drug policy. It's a major blow to his season totals, reducing his IDP value even more.
Although Denver primarily runs a 4-3 alignment, Millerís rare ability as a pass rusher results in him being used more like a defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker, which in turn limits his ability to pile up tackles. Like DeMarcus Ware, though, Miller is such a star as a pass rusher that he remains an IDP factor. He finished his rookie year with 64 tackles (50 solo) and 11.5 sacks despite missing one game and playing hurt in four others with torn thumb ligaments. With better health and a full NFL offseason heading into 2012, improvement is expected from Miller.
Although Miller specialized in rushing the quarterback at Texas A&M, Denver is hoping to turn this year's second overall pick into an all-around 4-3 linebacker, albeit one who figures to blitz more often than most. In addition to being an intelligent, productive player, Miller is also a remarkable athlete, as he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds after weighing in at 247 pounds at the NFL Combine. Miller totaled 27 sacks and 39 tackles for loss in his last two years at Texas A&M, so he has all the makings of a future NFL star.