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Running Back, New England Patriots

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Draft: 2018 Round 1 (31)
College: Georgia
Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 220 DOB: 1995-02-17 Age: 23
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#38 6 7.07

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2018 NE 7 106 453 4.3 4 8 4 31 7.8 0 72.4 10.3
2018 (Projected) NE   126 555 4.4 4   15 105 7.0 0 90.0  

2018 Outlook
Depth Chart
Bill Belichick and the New England front office went against their typical mold by using a first-round pick on rookie running back Sony Michel. As a team that rarely uses high draft capital on offensive skill position players, let alone running backs, the Patriots are high on the former Georgia Bulldog.

At 5'11", 215 pounds, Michel has the size and ability to be an every-down back in the NFL, and his pass protection skills were arguably the best of any player in the draft. The problem is that Belichick likes to use a stable of running backs, and Michel struggled with fumbles while in college. Michel also a had procedure to drain fluid from his knee on August 4th which could keep him out of pre-season action. Not the best situation for a rookie. Despite these issues, any RB who receives a sizable share of the New England ground game carries significant fantasy value, as the Patriots scored the second-most points in the NFL last season behind the Saints.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Sony Michel
RB2RB2 James White
RB3RB3 Rex Burkhead
RB4FB1 James Develin
RB5RB4 Jeremy Hill
Patriots Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Rex Burkhead back at practice
Eligible to play in Week 13
By: Doug Orth | Fri Nov 9, 1:35 am

New England Patriots
Welcome back to practice, RB Rex Burkhead. Burkhead (neck) is eligible to play on Dec. 2 vs. Vikings. This means Burkhead takes the Patriots’ second and final designated to return IR spot. (ESPN - Mike Reiss)

FFToday's Take: Good news for Burkhead, who has struggled to stay healthy as a Patriot. Owners of Sony Michel and James White have a right to be less excited, as both players have repeatedly shown they can deliver RB1 production when there isn't a third chef in the kitchen. Assuming Burkhead returns, he is a decent bet to ding the value of Michel slightly and steal enough work from White to make him more of an RB2. Burkhead is easily worth a stash if owners can find the room.

Injury Sony Michel expected to return for Week 10
Rookie RB should be on the field for Pats-Titans tilt
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Nov 6, 1:02 pm

New England Patriots
Adam Schefter on Twitter: "After missing the past two games with a knee injury, Patriots’ RB Sony Michel is likely to return Sunday vs. Titans, per source. Just needs a good week of practice with no setbacks, but on track." (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Well, there you have it. The great Cordarrelle Patterson experiment seems to be over, and Michel will regain his rightful place alongside James White in the Pats backfield. Michel looks like a go for Week 10 and can be safely inserted as as RB3/flex play, with low-end RB2 upside.

Injury Gronkowski, Michel iffy for Sunday night
Hard to trust in Week 9
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 4, 9:00 am

New England Patriots
Patriots will test TE Rob Gronkowski (back) and RB Sony Michel (knee) pregame, but there is concern about whether both players listed as questionable will be able to play tonight vs Packers, per sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Given the Sunday night kickoff it will be difficult for fantasy owners to trust Gronk and Michel in lineups in Week 9. WR Cordarrelle Patterson saw 10 carries (38 yards) last week with Michel inactive.

Injury Sony Michel limited in practice, Questionable
Knee inury
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Nov 2, 2:00 pm

New England Patriots
Patriots list 13 players as questionable, with WR Cordarrelle Patterson (neck) added to the list as a limited participant Friday. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Sony Michel was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable. The Patriots play Sunday night so hopefully we'll get some concrete information on Sunday morning about his status. He'll be in the RB2 mix if he's cleared to play.

Injury Michel's knee injury not considered serious
Could still miss time
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Oct 22, 1:10 pm

New England Patriots
Sources: #Patriots RB Sony Michel’s knee injury is not considered serious following his MRI. His timetable isn’t clear, but this is pretty good news for their impressive rookie runner. He still could miss time, but if he does, it may not be much. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Michel got his leg twisted early in Week 7 but it appears he escaped a serious knee or ankle injury. We'll have to wait for further details on how much time he will miss. James White and Kenjon Barner handled the rushing duties after Michel left the game. Upcoming schedule for the Pats includes @BUF, GB, @TEN, bye.

Injury Rex Burkhead headed to IR
Neck injury
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 26, 11:55 am

New England Patriots
BREAKING: The #Patriots will be putting RB Rex Burkhead (neck) and rookie LB Ja'Whaun Bentley (unknown) on IR today, per league source. (Jim McBride on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Burkhead was a pre-season favorite of the fantasy community with and ADP in the 6th round at RB28. Now, Sony Michel, James White and Kenjon Barner now makeup the Patriots running back depth chart with Michel being the back to own in most leagues.

Injury Sony Michel not expected to play
Knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Sep 9, 8:10 am

New England Patriots
Patriots’ RB Sony Michel, listed as questionable for opener against the Texans due to a knee injury, is not expected to play today, per source. More on Sunday NFL Countdown at 10 a.m. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Michel has been a longshot to play Week 1 after missing most of August with a knee issue that required a clean up procedure. Expect to see plenty of Rex Burkhead and James White in the backfield for New England both are viable fantasy plays in Week 1.

Patriots release RB Mike Gillislee
Should catch on with another team
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Sep 1, 1:23 pm

New England Patriots
The Patriots have released Mike Gillislee, per source. As it turned out, they sat him against the Giants as a courtesy to prevent an injury before this transaction. (Jeff How on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Gillisle was part of a crowded running back group that includes Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel, James White and Jeremy Hill. With Gillislee's release, it appears the veteran Hill has made the team.

Injury Sony Michel in doubt for Week 1
Rookie recovering from early August knee drain
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 30, 5:40 pm

New England Patriots
Per Jeff Howe of The Athletic: “There has been a constant sense of optimism surrounding Rex Burkhead’s readiness despite a slight tear in his knee, but that sense hasn’t been as strong around Sony Michel, as sources maintained to The Athletic earlier this month the start of his regular season was in jeopardy due to a knee drain that was caused by a meniscus issue.” (The Athletic - Jeff Howe)

FFToday's Take: As the New England backfield turns. Burkhead was overprotective of Burkhead this month because the Patriots supposedly have big plans for him. That could and should still be the case. Michel was either supposed to fill the Dion Lewis role in this offense or be the next Alvin Kamara, depending on who you ask. Owners are advised to treat both Burkhead and Michel as high-upside flexes or RB3 until further notice.

Injury Sony Michel returns to practice
Pats RB coach likes what he sees
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Aug 28, 1:00 pm

New England Patriots
RBs coach Ivan Fears on rookie Sony Michel: "Just what we expected. He was progressing well. I was really happy when we got the pads on, and got a chance to see him run a bit. It looks like he's going to be what we expected to be. ... I expect him to come back ready to go." (Mike Reiss on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Michel returned to practice on Monday and appears to progressing nicely. He had a clean up procedure on August 4th and has been out of action ever since. It remains to be seen what kind of role, if any, the rookie will have in Week 1.

Injury Sony Michel back at practice
First football activity since injuring knee on Aug. 1
By: Doug Orth | Mon Aug 27, 5:00 pm

New England Patriots
Progress on the injury front for the Patriots: Rookie RB Sony Michel makes his first appearance on the practice field since Aug. 1. (ESPN - Mike Reiss)

FFToday's Take: The Patriots' backfield is often about as clear as mud, and that seems to be even more the case this year. Michel was reportedly struggling in camp even before his injury and three weeks away isn't going to help him learn the Patriots' complicated offensive system any faster or close the gap on Rex Burkhead regardless of his first-round draft pedigree. Michel has massive upside, but whether it has a chance to be realized in 2018 is another story.

2018 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
2 at JAC L 20-31 10 34 3.4 0 2 1 7 7.0 0 4.1
3 at DET L 10-26 14 50 3.6 0 3 1 -1 -1.0 0 4.9
4 MIA W 38-7 25 112 4.5 1 0 0 0 - 0 17.2
5 IND W 38-24 18 98 5.4 1 1 1 12 12.0 0 17.0
6 KC W 43-40 24 106 4.4 2 1 0 0 - 0 22.6
7 at CHI W 38-31 4 22 5.5 0 1 1 13 13.0 0 3.5
10 at TEN L 10-34 11 31 2.8 0 0 0 0 - 0 3.1

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