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Will the Patriots Rely on Rookie Sony Michel? - Footballguys

A detailed look at Sony Michel's fantasy prospects for 2018. 

In a world full of pundits, few predicted Sony Michel would be a first-round draft pick, going ahead of his teammate at Georgia, Nick Chubb. But that’s exactly what happened as the Super Bowl runners-up Patriots selected the dynamic runner with the 31st overall selection.

Reasons to Be Excited

  • Sony Michel is an exceptional running back, with the versatility to play a three-down role
  • The Patriots offense routinely finishes at or near the top of the league standings
  • Michel is only the second running back taken in the first round by Belichick
  • Dion Lewis – arguably the team’s most dynamic runner last year – signed with Tennessee

Reasons to Be Skeptical

  • Very few Patriots running backs deliver consistent, top-20 fantasy value
  • No rookie Patriots running back under Belichick has ever done so
  • The offensive line is highly questionable
  • Michel has major fumbling concerns

Michel is a difficult prospect to handicap because he’s landed on a team with the least predictable play-calling and system. As much as Michel’s talent and the Patriots offense are enticing, the crushing weight of historical context argues strongly in favor of passing on the rookie at his current average draft position.


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