RB Sony Michel - New England Patriots

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Oct 22): Michel was still inefficient running the ball and he failed to make an impact as a receiver, but he finished three drives with scores and should be set up for lots of touchdown opportunity going forward.

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Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
4 at BUF 29 17 63 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 6.3
5 at WAS 38 16 91 1 3 3.0 32 0 0 18.3
6 vs NYG 41 22 86 0 3 2.0 27 0 0 11.3
7 at NYJ 31 19 42 3 2 1.0 -8 0 0 21.4
8 vs CLE PROJ-Dodds * 19 * * 1.2 * * * *
8 vs CLE PROJ-Tremblay * 19 * * 1.3 * * * *

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.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 6 vs NYG (22 / 86 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Once again, it was a relatively ordinary day from Sony Michel. His biggest highlight was that he had touchdowns "vulture" by Brandon Bolden and his quarterback. Besides last week, he hasn't looked the part, and one wonders when "borrowed time" starts to turn into reality. The only good news for fantasy owners was volume.

2019 Week 5 vs WAS (16 / 91 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

This game had "Sony game" written all over it with the Pats being large favorites and Rex Burkhead sitting out. Michel responded with what was by far his best game of the season, getting decent gains on many carries and even working himself into the passing game with 3 catches. Michel was getting good blocking and still doesn't look "explosive", but the difference was his vision and patience, which were much better than his prior few weeks. His touchdown was a 14 yard score which was again a good display of vision and a nice cut outside. With that said, once Rex Burkhead is healthy, he will no doubt eat into some of Michel's carries, and not every game will be a coast to the finish.

2019 Week 4 vs BUF (17 / 63 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Patriots made a concerted effort to try to get Sony Michel going, but funny enough, the bad passing game actually affected him negatively at times. While he looked better than in prior weeks, offensive line blocking was better in the run game, and he had his ups and downs, particularly in the vision area. With all that said, he didn't play himself out of a job like some suspected he would, especially against a defense of the Bills caliber. Michel will continue to be involved going forward, but will be game script and pace dependent.

2019 Week 3 vs NYJ (9 / 11 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Sony Michel isn't right. For the third straight week, Michel plodded his way forward whenever he got the ball, and barely played a quarter of the snaps when all was said and done. He did find the end zone on a short touchdown, but his box score of 1.2 yards per carry is indicative of how he has been playing. In fact, the Patriots were completely pass heavy out of the gate, a sign they know Michel has been struggling as the first carry of the game was his touchdown. He'll need to pick it up or he risks losing even more touches.

2019 Week 2 vs MIA (21 / 85 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

To no one's surprise, the Pats made a concerted effort to run the ball against the Dolphins, especially since the game was out of hand by the second half. Behind a makeshift offensive line for much of the game, Michel looked relatively ordinary, though again, blocking was hit-or-miss. His lone touchdown was of the short variety for the first score of the game, and was a relatively easy one. His biggest blemish was a fumble, though Belichick didn't bench him for the error. Unsurprisingly, Michel was not involved in the passing game, and though his usage should remain consistent as the Pats look to balance their attack in games, it's a reminder that he won't play in hurry-up or pass-heavy games.

2019 Week 1 vs PIT (15 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

You could call this a dud for Michel, who didn't do much of anything despite great game script. On the positive side, he did see touches. On the negative side, he split plenty of time with James White and Rex Burkhead. There weren't huge holes in terms of running room, but he didn't do much with what was given, looking fairly ordinary. He did not, however, look injured or held back, so this may be one to chalk up to rough play. Better days are likely ahead, especially given the look of this offense.

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Latest News

Patriots | Sony Michel runs for three scores (Mon Oct 21, 11:31 PM) - New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (undisclosed) rushed 19 times for just 42 yards in Week 7 against the New York Jets, but he did run for three touchdowns. Michel was nicked late in the fourth quarter, leaving with an undisclosed injury. DT Folorunso Fatukasi landed on Michel awkwardly while making a tackle, and Michel walked off slowly under his own power.

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Patriots | Sony Michel logs 113 yards (Fri Oct 11, 12:31 AM) - New England Patriots RB Sony Michel carried the ball 22 times for 86 yards against the New York Giants in Week 6. Michel also had two receptions (on three targets) for 27 yards.

Our View: Michel has been a bigger part of the passing game in the last two contests and he has been getting a full workload, but he's not breaking tackles or adding value to his touches. The Patriots have been going away from him at the goal line to boot. He's still an RB2, but his ceiling is coming down with the lack of success and usage to finish drives.
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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