RB Sony Michel - New England Patriots
|5-11, 222||Born: 2-17-1995||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2018|
Week 11: at Philadelphia Eagles - $6300
FBG says: Bad matchup. The Patriots are coming off of a bye at the best time as they were blown out by the Ravens in Week 8. Sony Michel only saw four carries in that game as it was a game script game that forced the Patriots to throw the ball 46 times. Michel has struggled for most of the season as the Patriots have had a combination of offensive line health issues and just a lack of production from the second-year player. Michel has averaged just 3.3 yards per carry on the season, but before last week the team had remained committed to the running back as he had 16 carries or more in five straight games before the lopsided Ravens victory. Expect Michel to continue to be the volume back simply because the Patriots don't have anyone else to take that load. The Eagles run defense continues to shut down their opposition as they are one of the more dominant units in the NFL. Led by defensive linemen Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham, this is a unit that schemes to take away the run. On the year, the Eagles have only allowed two running backs to rush for over 50 yards which were Alexander Mattison (63 yards) and Ezekiel Elliott (111 yards), this is a unit that has shut down Devonta Freeman, Le'Veon Bell, Kerryon Johnson, Aaron Jones, and Dalvin Cook as some of the running backs who were unable to break 50 yards. The Patriots should have their hands full with and expect Sony Michel and company to struggle in this one.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Sony Michel's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 9 vs BAL (4 / 18 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec - 3.5 points, $6600)
Part of the problem with Sony Michel is his one-dimensional nature. In games where the Pats have to pass, Michel won't do anything, and this was the case against the Ravens, who went up early and forced the Pats to go into throw mode. He should see more touches in future games, but it's a reminder of his limited perceived skillset.
2019 Week 8 vs CLE (21 / 74 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec - 7.4 points, $6500)
Though Sony Michel was once again a shell of his 2018 self, he did make a couple good runs that won't show up on the stat sheet. His vision seemed better this game than in other games, with tough running at times behind an offensive line that wasn't beating the Cleveland defensive line on most plays. Michel was also making better cuts upfield than in games prior. He didn't get many opportunities to score in this game, though he was stuffed at the 1 yard line at one point. For better or worse, he didn't do anything to dissuade the notion he's still the early down guy going forward.
2019 Week 7 vs NYJ (19 / 42 / 3 rush, 2 / 1 / -8 / 0 rec - 21.9 points, $6500)
Once again, he didn't run particularly well, but Sony Michel salvaged his stat line with 3 short touchdowns. Two of them were 1 yard touchdowns and one was a 3 yard touchdown, so they weren't huge plays. In fact, on one of the scores, he was absolutely stonewalled on first and second down and barely managed the score on third down. Michel also had a blatant drop on a designed screen that may have been a potential touchdown. It doesn't appear there is a backfield change in the offing as Damien Harris only saw time when Sony Michel banged knees towards the end of the game, but reports seem positive. He's still the volume and gamescript guy til we see otherwise.
2019 Week 6 vs NYG (22 / 86 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec - 12.3 points, $6500)
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 - 19.8 points, $6300)
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 - 6.3 points, $6100)
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 - 7.1 points, $6800)
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 - 12.5 points, $6800)
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 - 1.4 points, $6600)
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.
Latest NewsPatriots | Sony Michel does little on SNF (Mon Nov 4, 12:39 AM) - New England Patriots RB Sony Michel had just four carries for 18 yards against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9. Michel also caught a 12-yard pass. link to story
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