RB - FA
Week 4 Outlook
The Dolphins have cut LaMichael James. Even though James started Sunday's game against Washington listed as the team's punt and kick returner, it was Jarvis Landry who handled punting duties. James fumbled the kickoff to start the second half. The cut makes room for tight end Jake Stoneburner who the team has promoted from the practice squad.
The move makes sense for the Dolphins who had one TE left on the field after Dion Sims left the game with a concussion. Jarvis Landry, who returned a punt for a touchdown on Sunday, may reclaim both return duties now which increases his fantasy value in leagues that apply return yards to individual players.
Ross Jones of Fox Sports tweeted that James has made the fifty-three man roster according to a source.
James muffed a punt in the preseason finale but it appears that he will remain on the team and likely handle returns. He also will likely have a small role in the offense behind Damien Williams, with the injury to Jay Ajayi.
LaMichael James suffered a chest injury and did not return in a preseason win against the Falcons. He was injured prior to getting any time in on offense but handled the PR/KR return duties.
James has likely secured himself a roster spot with his return ability but if the Dolphins decide to go with three RBs instead of four James could be on the outside looking in.
According to Chris Perkins of the Sun-Sentinel the Dolphins have five RB competing for three or four spots. Obviously Lamar Miller is a lock as the starter and Jay Ajayi despite his struggles will likely make the team due to his draft status. Damien Williams was the second back in the preseason game but Chris Perkins believes James "has run the ball well during training camp and showed well in pass protection, and he might have a slight edge over Williams."
This battle will determine who should be viewed as the handcuff for Miller should an injury occur. The staff also generally likes to limit the carries of Miller by allocating five-ten touches to the backup. James is one to watch if you own any Miller shares.
LaMichael James has been signed by the Dolphins on a one-year contract.
James will be behind Lamar Miller and possibly Damien Williams for touches. It's a good signing for the Dolphins as James will bring his quickness and pass catching ability out of the backfield. He's no more than a RB4 in PPR leagues, but has potential to rise up if there are injuries.