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 - 15, 13, 13, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 17, 20, 34
Overall Redraft - 35, 23, 27, 29, 31, 32, 34, 34, 42
RB Redraft PPR - 19, 13, 15, 16, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 21, 24, 26, 26, 39
Overall Redraft PPR - 40, 27, 33, 34, 39, 39, 43, 47, 54, 60
RB Dynasty - 13, 9, 11, 14, 17, 19, 19
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 15.0 250.0 * * 16.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Henry 14.5 250.0 * * 17.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 16.0 265.0 * * 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: 35
RB: 17
Overall-PPR: 41
RB-PPR: 21

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Footballguys Articles

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Latest News

Patriots | Sony Michel recovering from surgery (Wed Jun 12, 02:17 PM) - New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) missed some offseason workouts because he recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, according to a source. He is expected to be ready for training camp.

Our View: It now all makes sense. Michel hasn't been practicing for a few weeks and now we know that he had a simple knee scope. Barring any setbacks, we should see him ready for camp and Michel should earn the lead back duties for the Patriots in 2019.
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Patriots | Sony Michel's absence puzzling (Thu Jun 6, 12:30 PM) - New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (unknown) has missed all three days of the team's minicamp this week with no explanation from the team.

Our View: Keep an eye on this situation as Michel should be the top back for the Patriots in 2019, although he is going to face competition from rookie Damien Harris. One beat reporter believes the team is simply managing the workload for Michel, who has had a history of knee issues dating back through his time at Georgia.
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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