31-Year-Old Tight End – Chicago Bears
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
Not to be confused with the TE Zach Miller whose eight-year career ended in 2014, this Miller only seemingly came out of nowhere - he's actually been around since 2009. Injuries, though, kept him off ...
Zach Miller Contract Information:
Signed a two-year contract with the Bears in March of 2016.
With Martellus Bennett out of the picture, Miller is now atop the Bears depth chart at tight end.
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Zach Miller: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Miller has been banged up for much of the second half of the season, but will miss his first game after failing to participate in practice this week. Though he'll be unavailable for Week 17, Miller certainly did enough this season to show that he can be a factor in the passing game in 2016. He finishes the year with 34 receptions for 439 yards and five touchdowns.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)With Martellus Bennett (ribs) out for the season, Miller has emerged as Jay Cutler's go-to target the past couple weeks. Given that Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is out and Eddie Royal (illness) is doubtful, Miller should be in for another heavy workload, if he's able to play. If not, Khari Lee or Rob Housler will start at tight end, complementing a wideout group of Marc Mariani, Josh Bellamy, Deonte Thompson and Cameron Meredith. Even against a vulnerable Detroit defense, Cutler has a tough task at hand. The Bears haven't revealed Miller's practice status for Friday, but he was a non-participant both Wednesday and Thursday.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Despite being hindered by a rib injury this month, Miller has continued to prosper in a passing attack sans Martellus Bennett (rib) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), earning at least six targets in five of the past six games. With a catch percentage of 70.6% during that span -- 24 catches on 34 targets -- Miller has been a reliable option, though only four targets have occurred in the red zone. In any case, a toe concern is afflicting him at the moment, which places a further damper on his Week 17 potential.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Given that he's only dealing with an illness, Miller should be fine for Sunday's game in Minnesota, after posting a 5-85-1 receiving line on six targets against the Redskins in Week 14. He was able to practice both Thursday and Friday, but owners will still want to confirm his active status before Sunday's 1:00 PM ET kickoff. With Martellus Bennett (ribs) done for the season, Miller has a nice opportunity to emerge as Chicago's second option in the passing game behind Alshon Jeffery (questionable-calf/illness).
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Despite having not appeared in an NFL game since 2011, Miller was on his way to claiming a roster spot with the Bears out of training camp last season. After excelling in the early stages of practices, Miller turned in an impressive preseason opener against the Eagles, reeling in six passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns. However, he suffered a foot injury in the next exhibition that effectively ended his chances of making the club, and he was ultimately placed on season-ending injured reserve. The Bears opted to bring him back in February on a one-year contract, and heíll now have the chance with competing for Dante Rosario and a slew of other candidates for one of the two available reserve jobs behind starter Martellus Bennett. With Bennett emerging as one of the league's better tight ends last season and playing 90 percent of the Bears' offensive snaps, donít expect Miller or any of the other backup candidates to see the field much.
With Martellus Bennett the unquestioned starter at tight end for 2014, Miller was on track battle for a role as his top backup, along with Matthew Mulligan, Dante Rosario, and Jeron Mastrud. That prospect was derailed by an August foot injury that landed Miller on IR.
Miller is an intriguing player who hasn't been able to stay healthy long enough to put it all together. His frame and physical attributes make him an ideal target for QB Blaine Gabbert, but patience is likely wearing thin for the injury-plagued Miller, who will likely have to put it all together during training camp to be assured of a roster spot.
Miller showed great promise in his rookie year, but regressed significantly in 2010. As it currently stands, Marcedes Lewis has a stranglehold on the tight end position, and only seems to be improving. Targets may therefore be few and far between for Miller in 2011.
The lesser known Zach Miller showed signs of development after two notable late-season games last year. In Week 13 against Houston he had three catches for 74 yards, and in Week 17 in a meaningless game against the Browns he recorded eight grabs for 69 yards and two touchdowns. He should continue to develop as a sophomore this year and could push Marcedes Lewis for the starting job.
Miller will battle for a backup tight end spot in 2009.