RB Sony Michel - New England Patriots

5-11, 222Born: 2-17-1995College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 1, pick 31 (2018)

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For the second year in a row, Sony Michel failed to crack 1,000 yards on the ground, though his 1,008 combined yards last season at least pushed him over that total overall. More troubling is the decrease in yards per carry, from 4.5 to 3.7, a number which is a very bad sign for his long term potential in the NFL. He did run well to close the season with totals of 89, 96 and 74, but his 61 yards wasn't enough to help the team in their Wild Card loss to the Tennessee Titans. He saw very few passes as well, just 20 targets, which limits his fantasy production compared to many other backs who are considered a lead back. Michel still has James White and a healthy Rex Burkhead to contend with he won't see many more targets this year and the question is whether he'll actually see less carries given his overall production issues. Add in the reality of Tom Brady's absence in the offense along with a first-year starter under center and Michel is going to see a lot of stacked boxes. He'll get volume carries, but it won't amount to the production you'd see with another back in a better situation. Michel is a low-end RB3 or a high-end RB4 with upside. Michel had offseason foot surgery to increase durability worries and if Cam Newton is the starter, his rushing touchdown ceiling will take a big hit. (June 30)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Dynasty - 46, 37, 43, 47, 52, 62

Stats and Projections

2018 NE 13 209 931 6 11 7 50 0 1
2019 NE 16 247 914 7 20 12 94 0 1
2020 NE 3 26 * * 3 2 * * *
2020 PROJ-Dodds 14.0 135.0 * * 10.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Henry 14.0 150.0 * * 11.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Wood 10.0 130.0 * * 12.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 208.0 * * 16.1 * * *
2020 PROJ-Consensus 13.7 150.5 * * 11.6 * * *

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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.

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 114
RB: 43
Overall-PPR: 119
RB-PPR: 44

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Latest News

Patriots | Sony Michel will not play (Sun Nov 22, 12:01 PM) - New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (calf) has been declared inactive for the Week 11 game.

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Patriots | Sony Michel comes off IR (Sat Nov 21, 12:28 PM) - New England Patriots RB Sony Michel on Saturday, Nov. 21, was activated off the Reserve/Injured list. In a corresponding move, OL Hjalte Froholdt was placed on waivers.

Our View: Michel has been back at practice for a couple of weeks. Activating him now means he could return to the field on Sunday. Damien Harris has taken over in the Patriots backfield, so Michel will likely have to push for snaps (which could be limited as he's eased back in) behind him.
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2020 Schedule

1vs Miami Dolphins
2@ Seattle Seahawks
3vs Las Vegas Raiders
4@ Kansas City Chiefs
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Denver Broncos
7vs San Francisco 49ers
8@ Buffalo Bills
9@ New York Jets
10vs Baltimore Ravens
11@ Houston Texans
12vs Arizona Cardinals
13@ Los Angeles Chargers
14@ Los Angeles Rams
15@ Miami Dolphins
16vs Buffalo Bills
17vs New York Jets