RB Sony Michel - New England Patriots

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

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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 - 17, 14, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 17, 17, 20, 21, 32
Overall Redraft - 37, 26, 28, 30, 33, 34, 35, 37, 37, 40, 59
RB Redraft PPR - 21, 14, 15, 15, 16, 18, 18, 18, 19, 20, 21, 21, 23, 24, 24, 24, 25, 40
Overall Redraft PPR - 44, 29, 30, 31, 34, 37, 39, 40, 44, 45, 48, 52, 53, 57
RB Dynasty - 18, 11, 13, 17, 20, 22, 33
Overall Dynasty - 40, 27, 38, 52, 53

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2018 NE 13 209 931 6 11 7 50 0 1
2019 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 230.0 * * 17.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Henry 14.0 232.0 * * 20.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 14.0 250.0 * * 26.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 241.0 * * 17.8 * * *

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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: 45
RB: 23
Overall-PPR: 46
RB-PPR: 23

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Footballguys Articles

The Gut Check No.477: Running Backs For Upside Down Drafts
  Matt Waldman - July 31
Monday Injury Rounds: Gurley and Michel Practice - How Reassured Should You Be?
  Jene Bramel - July 29
Monday Injury Rounds: PUPdates
  Jene Bramel - July 22
The Gut Check No.474: Notable Yards After Contact Running Backs
  Matt Waldman - July 12
Monday Injury Rounds: Todd Gurley, Sony Michel, and Degenerative Knees
  Jene Bramel - June 17
The Gut Check No.471: 20 Spring Risers And Fallers
  Matt Waldman - June 14
Projection Reflections: Training Camp Adjustments
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Latest News

Patriots | Ten carries for Sony Michel (Thu Aug 22, 11:09 PM) - New England Patriots RB Sony Michel rushed 10 times for 36 yards in a 10-3 preseason win over the Carolina Panthers Thursday, Aug. 22.

Our View: Michel looked elusive at the second level and had as much juice as he had at any point last year. He is looking like a solid RB2 going into the season opener against Pittsburgh.
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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