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RB Jeremy Hill - New England Patriots

6-1, 233Born: 10-20-1992College: LSUDrafted: Round 2, pick 2014

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Week 14: at Miami Dolphins

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Patriots drafting Sony Michel has proven to be a solid pick in the 1st round for New England, and it would be expected that Michel continue to improve on his rookie season as the team rounds into form for the playoffs. On the season, Michel is averaging 4.5 yards per carry with five touchdowns on 144 attempts, including three 100+ yard games and another where he finished with 98 yards. The Patriots have the talent at the skill positions to move the ball through the air, but that no longer makes them unique in the NFL, so the decision to draft Michel was based on balancing out the offense come playoff time. Over his last three games, Michel has rushed 49 times for 227 yards and one touchdown, and although the Patriots enter each game intent on giving Michel a big workload, it ultimately comes down to the flow of the game which explains why he has seen fewer than 11 carries three times while also exceeding 18 carries in five other games. Fellow backfield mate James White has really been the backbone of the Patriots offense this season, totaling 988 yards (rushing and receiving) while scoring ten touchdowns. The combination of Michel and White give the Patriots a complete backfield, while Rex Burkhead was just activated last week after missing the Patriots last nine games and should provide a complimentary piece to this backfield. The Miami run defense has been the weak spot of this team in 2018, giving up the fifth most fantasy points to opposing running backs and the third most rushing yards per game (144.7). They have been fairly stingy with regards to rushing touchdowns, giving up only nine on the season, but that is nothing more than a moral victory when you consider how easily teams have gashed them between the twenties. The Dolphins have given up 75+ rushing yards to a running back in eight of their 12 games, and they face a very tough matchup this week against a New England offensive line that grades out as one of the best units in the league. In their first matchup, Sony Michel rushed 25 times for 112 yards and a touchdown, and Miami will need to play their best game of the season to prevent a similar result. The Patriots will challenge the Dolphins in the passing game, which means Miami will have to drop even more men in coverage than usual, which will give Michel, James White, and Rex Burkhead plenty of room to run. The Dolphins like to play their defensive ends outside of opposing offensive tackles, which leaves them vulnerable to teams who like to run up the middle, which is an area that Michel has excelled in this season.

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