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RB Sony Michel - New England Patriots

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Another week, another heavy workload and plenty of goal line opportunities for Michel. He's entrenched as a strong RB2 in our lineups with no concern about his knee at this moment.

General News (Wed Oct 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 7: at Chicago Bears

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Recent Stats and Projections

3 at DET 23 14 50 0 3 1 -1 0 0 4.9
4 vs MIA 33 25 112 1 0 0 0 0 0 17.2
5 vs IND 28 18 98 1 1 1 12 0 0 17
6 vs KC 37 24 106 2 1 0 0 0 0 22.6
7 at CHI PROJ-Dodds * 18 * * 1 * * * *
7 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 18 * * 0 * * * *
7 at CHI PROJ-Bloom * 20 * * 0 * * * *

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

2018 Week 6 vs KC (24 / 106 / 2 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

As the clear lead back, Sony Michel had plenty of room to run, and carved up the Chiefs defense with a number of good gains. On his second play of the game he missed a big gain by running into a pile instead of cutting to his right after about 5 yards, but did make up for it with good patience otherwise. Both his touchdowns were short runs, though his 1 yard touchdown was partly a product of the Chiefs defense being so worried about a Tom Brady sneak. Expect Michel to continue to produce as the locked-in early down back, and don't be surprised if he starts to work into scripted passing plays more.

2018 Week 5 vs IND (18 / 98 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

For the second week in a row, Sony Michel looked good. He ran with good vision and power, including his long touchdown that saw a nice running lane and stiff arm to boot. He did miss out on a second long touchdown, trying to barrel over a defender in a 1on1 situation instead of using his explosiveness to elude the defender. Still, Michel continues to improve, which is the most important point for his future role.

2018 Week 4 vs MIA (25 / 112 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

What a difference a week makes. Armed with better run blocking, Sony Michel ran all over the Dolphins defense, showing great patience for a rookie coupled with good, hard running. One of his first carries of the game, he followed right behind James Develin who paved the way for a 15 yard gain, which is just something you don't see many backs do early in their careers. Michel also had a few runs where he shed tackles for extra YAC, which was nice to see after last week's dud. His day could have been much bigger from a fantasy standpoint, as he was stuffed on the goal line twice in one particular drive. His touchdown was a toss from 10 yards out, and large credit goes to left tackle Trent Brown who cleared out the most threatening defender in Michel's way. It was a strong performance for the run game as a whole.

2018 Week 3 vs DET (14 / 50 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)

In what may have been the most ordinary running performance of the season, Sony Michel received 14 touches on the ground and did absolutely nothing with them. His long run was 12 yards, and he left more on the field. As an example, on a rush of about 8 yards to the right side, Michel barreled into an defender engaged with a blocker instead of making a cut that would have allowed him at least 5 more yards. Though he seemed to lack vision and concerningly, explosiveness, the run blocking was not good either. Josh McDaniels also seemed to be forcing the run game in odd spots, dialing up obvious plays - Michel always ran from under center, which telegraphed play calls for the Lions defense. It was a bizarre game from the coaching staff. Michel also dropped a couple passes, showing he's still not ready for a big passing game role. Whether this was more experimental or Michel has truly taken the rushing reins remains to be seen, but he and the line will need to be better going forward.

2018 Week 2 vs JAX (10 / 34 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Operating as the primary ball carrier, Michel did nothing special of note on 10 carries. The Pats o-line was worked over fairly well, and there was very little running room. What is notable was that he saw more snaps than Rex Burkhead, who only saw playing time in the first and fourth quarters. If that continues, Michel will be worth deploying in fantasy lineups in the future just due to touch volume and a potentially potent offense.


Latest News

Patriots | Sony Michel limited Wednesday (Wed Oct 17, 06:27 PM) - New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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Patriots | Sony Michel tops 100 yards, scores twice (Mon Oct 15, 12:14 AM) - New England Patriots RB Sony Michel ran 24 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns in Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Patriots | Sony Michel a game-time decision (Sun Oct 14, 10:25 AM) - New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is expected to be a game-time decision for Week 6's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Our View: Michel is set up for a great game against a Chiefs defense that wilts against the run, but you'll have to have a Sunday night/Monday night hedge to feel safe using him tonight.
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Patriots | New England's injury report for Week 6 (Fri Oct 12, 04:05 PM) - New England DL Malcolm Brown (knee), WR Josh Gordon (hamstring), DL Geneo Grissom (ankle), TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle), WR Chris Hogan (thigh), RB Sony Michel (knee), DB Eric Rowe (groin), DL Danny Shelton (elbow) and DE John Simon (shoulder) were limited in practice Friday, Oct. 12, and are listed as questionable for Week 6 versus the Kansas City Chiefs.

Our View: Gronkowski, Gordon, and Michel should be ok, but this being a Sunday night game complicates matters. We expect to hear more about their status on Sunday morning, but for now play them as you normally would.
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Patriots | Sony Michel remains limited (Thu Oct 11, 12:41 PM) - New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) was a limited participant in the team's non-padded walkthrough Thursday, Oct. 11, and was seen riding a stationary bike during warmups.

Our View: The Patriots will likely rely on Michel to create long drives and keep Patrick Mahomes on the sidelines Sunday night. The late start makes this more complicated for lineup setting, but as long as the Patriots don't make another roster move at running back, you can probably count on Michel in Week 6.
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