RB Sony Michel - New England Patriots

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

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Michel had offseason foot surgery in May to relieve discomfort. He could open training camp on the PUP list.

Summary

For the second year in a row, Sony Michel failed to crack 1,000 yards on the ground, though his 1,008 combined yards last season at least pushed him over that total overall. More troubling is the decrease in yards per carry, from 4.5 to 3.7, a number which is a very bad sign for his long term potential in the NFL. He did run well to close the season with totals of 89, 96 and 74, but his 61 yards wasn't enough to help the team in their Wild Card loss to the Tennessee Titans. He saw very few passes as well, just 20 targets, which limits his fantasy production compared to many other backs who are considered a lead back. Michel still has James White and a healthy Rex Burkhead to contend with he won't see many more targets this year and the question is whether he'll actually see less carries given his overall production issues. Add in the reality of Tom Brady's absence in the offense along with a first-year starter under center and Michel is going to see a lot of stacked boxes. He'll get volume carries, but it won't amount to the production you'd see with another back in a better situation. Michel is a low-end RB3 or a high-end RB4 with upside. Michel had offseason foot surgery to increase durability worries and if Cam Newton is the starter, his rushing touchdown ceiling will take a big hit. (June 30)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 33, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 35, 36, 37, 47
RB Redraft PPR - 41, 20, 32, 34, 35, 37, 41, 41, 41, 42, 42, 43, 45, 47, 49, 49, 56
Overall Redraft PPR - 82, 53
RB Dynasty - 39, 24, 34, 35, 36, 39, 53, 53
Overall Dynasty - 86, 60

Stats and Projections

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2018 NE 13 209 931 6 11 7 50 0 1
2019 NE 16 247 914 7 20 12 94 0 1
2020 PROJ-Dodds 14.7 167.0 * * 13.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Henry 14.0 195.0 * * 12.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Wood 13.0 185.0 * * 13.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 200.0 * * 14.3 * * *

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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.

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 84
RB: 32
Overall-PPR: 95
RB-PPR: 38

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