RB Sony Michel - New England Patriots

5-11, 222Born: 2-17-1995College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 1, pick 31

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Summary

Far and away the primary back in 2018, Sony Michel would have easily topped 1,000 yards if he had stayed healthy and on the field. Michel missed three games--opening week, as well as Weeks 8 and 9, and his knee was a source of concern all season long. When he's on the field, not in the trainer's room, Michel is a game-changing back, as evidenced during the 2018 postseason, when he ran for 336 yards and six touchdowns over the course of three games. A good runner between the tackles, Michel didn't break off a lot of massive plays, but was good for a few ten-plus yard carries a game. If he can stay healthy, Michel could continue to improve and, behind a solid offensive line, see more breakaway plays. One other place which is a bit underwhelming for Michel is red zone looks. The Patriots did utilize their backs in the red zone, but it was split evenly between Michel and James White, with both notching 43. Not enough red zone looks, plus not a ton of big touchdown runs kept Michel's touchdown total low, and we're not sure we see that changing significantly this year. (May 3)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 16, 13, 13, 14, 14, 15, 17, 17, 17, 21, 36
Overall Redraft - 34, 23, 27, 29, 31, 32, 34, 35, 43
RB Redraft PPR - 20, 13, 15, 16, 17, 17, 21, 21, 21, 21, 24, 26, 26, 42
Overall Redraft PPR - 41, 27, 33, 35, 39, 39, 43, 47, 54, 60
RB Dynasty - 16, 9, 11, 14, 17, 19, 32
Overall Dynasty - 27, 16, 18, 31, 46

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2018 NE 13 209 931 6 11 7 50 0 1
2019 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 235.0 * * 16.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Henry 14.5 250.0 * * 17.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 14.0 265.0 * * 25.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 237.0 * * 17.3 * * *

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Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Sony Michel's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 37
RB: 19
Overall-PPR: 45
RB-PPR: 22

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Latest News

Patriots | Sony Michel working at TB12 facility (Sun Jun 23, 06:35 PM) - New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) has been working out at QB Tom Brady's TB12 training facility this offseason while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery in hopes of becoming a more explosive runner.

Our View: There were mixed reports about how TB12 helped or hurt Rob Gronkowski last year. No matter how we spin this, the long injury history for Michel's knee is certainly not a positive and should draw attention to Damien Harris's low redraft ADP.
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Patriots | Sony Michel running at full speed (Sun Jun 23, 11:12 AM) - New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) has been running at 'full tilt' after recovering from offseason arthroscopic knee surgery, according to multiple sources. He was unable to participate in the team's minicamp last month but should be ready for the start of training camp.

Our View: Michel had fluid drained from his knee last year during camp, missed time during the season, and still made a consistent and sizable fantasy impact on the strength of the Patriots running game and game scripts. This year third round pick Damien Harris could take away touches if not overtake Michel as the finisher of drives and games, so Michel must stay healthy during camp.
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2019 Schedule

1vs Pittsburgh Steelers
2@ Miami Dolphins
3vs New York Jets
4@ Buffalo Bills
5@ Washington Redskins
6vs New York Giants
7@ New York Jets
8vs Cleveland Browns
9@ Baltimore Ravens
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Philadelphia Eagles
12vs Dallas Cowboys
13@ Houston Texans
14vs Kansas City Chiefs
15@ Cincinnati Bengals
16vs Buffalo Bills
17vs Miami Dolphins