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Sony Michel

Sony Michel

Running Back #1
ADP:Round: 11, Pick: 4
Team: New England Patriots
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 214 lb.
College:Georgia
Age:26
Born:February 17, 1995
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 1 (31)
Draft Team:NE

Sony Michel: Strong finish to down year

Michel rushed 16 times for 76 yards and caught all three of his targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-14 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Michel worked as the lead back in the season finale, as no other Patriots running back got a carry. He came into this one with just four catches all season but took advantage of his chance to shine as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, highlighted by a 31-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Michel finishes the season with 79 carries for 449 yards and one rushing touchdown. The 2018 first-round pick is likely to be part of a backfield committee next season, but this is a promising finish to a campaign that was largely derailed by a slow start and a midseason quadriceps injury.

January 3, 2021 1:36 PM EST

Sony Michel: Set for another turn in lead role

Michel is expected to serve as the Patriots' lead ballcarrier Sunday against the Jets with Damien Harris (ankle) listed as out for the contest, Zach Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: While Harris sat out New England's last two games, Michel picked up 10 carries in both contests, racking up 143 yards between Weeks 15 and 16. Had the Patriots not been playing from behind in both weeks, Michel likely would have been in store for more work, but he instead had a fairly even split of the snaps with pass-catching specialist James White. With Harris again sidelined for Sunday's season finale, Michel could get the chance to pick up more carries than he did in either of the previous two games, as the Patriots will be a mild favorite over the 2-13 Jets. Expect White to once again handle change-of-pace duties, while third-stringer J.J. Taylor looms as a depth option.

January 1, 2021 2:40 PM EST

Sony Michel: Productive on the ground

Michel rushed 10 times for 69 yards in Monday night's 38-9 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Michel started with teammate Damien Harris (ankle) sidelined and began with a bang, rushing for 29 yards on New England's second offensive play. With more hard runs afterward, Michel put together another solid display, topping 65 yards for the second straight week after doing so just once earlier this season. Whether Harris returns for Week 17 versus the Jets or not, Michel has seemingly done enough lately to garner a decent workload on the ground to close the campaign.

December 28, 2020 8:59 PM EST

Sony Michel: Opportunity knocks

With Damien Harris (ankle) inactive, Michel is in line to head the Patriots' backfield Monday night against the Bills, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

Analysis: Also on hand are change-of-pace back James White and rookie reserve J.J. Taylor, but as was the case in the Patriots' Week 15 loss to the Dolphins, Michel should serve as the team's top early-down back Monday. Against Miami, the 2018 first-rounder logged 74 yards on 10 carries and added an eight-yard reception.

December 28, 2020 4:00 PM EST

Sony Michel: Paces team in carries, rushing

Michel ran for 74 yards on 10 carries, adding an eight-yard reception during Sunday's 22-12 loss to Miami.

Analysis: With top back Damien Harris inactive for Week 15 because of an ankle injury, Michel garnered 10 of New England's 13 RB carries. The 2018 first-round draft choice excelled with the opportunity, paving his way to his second-highest rushing output of the season. Michel's fantasy value has been diminished by the fact that he hasn't scored a touchdown over six appearances since Week 1, but his 7.4 yards-per-carry average is nevertheless encouraging heading into a Week 16 matchup against the Bills' 21st-ranked rush defense.

December 20, 2020 1:47 PM EST

Sony Michel: Expanded role likely Sunday

With Damien Harris (ankle) out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Michel is in line to see an expanded workload in Week 15, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

Analysis: Assuming James White (foot) -- who's listed as questionable -- suits up for the contest, he'd be in line to handle pass-catching/change-of-pace snaps, with J.J. Taylor (quad/questionable) a depth option, if he's made active. That said, we'd expect Michel to step in as the team's lead back in the absence of Harris, who'd claimed that role. Michel, who ran seven times for 22 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Rams, is thus poised to see an uptick in carries versus Miami, a context that brings some fantasy utility, even if he's not heavily-involved as a pass-catcher Sunday.

December 19, 2020 10:15 AM EST

Sony Michel: Logs seven carries Thursday

Michel carried seven times for 22 yards in Thursday's 24-3 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Fellow RB Damien Harris was forced out of the contest with a back issue, but he'll have extra time to get ready for the Patriots' Dec. 20 contest against the Dolphins. As long as Harris is able to suit up, he'll remain the team's top back, a context that leaves Michel off the fantasy radar for now.

December 11, 2020 10:09 AM EST

Sony Michel: Generates 58 scrimmage yards

Michel carried 10 times for 35 yards and caught his only target for 23 additional yards during Sunday's 45-0 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: A week after he didn't receive a single touch in his return from injury, Michel was much more involved as his side coasted to a blowout victory. He averaged a lackluster 3.5 yards per carry but padded his numbers a bit with a 23-yard reception, which was the team's second-longest play from scrimmage on the day. Although Michel is still third in the pecking order for carries behind Damien Harris and Cam Newton, he seems to be working his way back into the equation and could play a part Thursday against the Rams.

December 6, 2020 7:34 PM EST

Sony Michel: No carries in return to action

Michel logged just one snap on offense and zero carries in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Michel, who was suiting up for the first time since Week 3, clearly took a back seat Sunday to both Damien Harris -- who logged 34 snaps and 14 carries -- and James White, who saw 20 snaps and ran the ball five times. While Michel figures to see more snaps, and in turn, more touches in the coming weeks, he's off the fantasy radar as long as Harris remains the Patriots' top early-down option and White retains his change-of-pace role.

November 30, 2020 11:18 AM EST

Sony Michel: Poised to return to backfield

Michel (quad) is in line to return to action Sunday against the Cardinals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: His anticipated return to action bolsters the Patriots' backfield, with Rex Burkhead (knee) now on IR. With Damien Harris having ran well in his absence, Michel -- who last suited up in Week 3 -- seems likely to work in a complementary role in Week 12, while James White is still on hand to handle change-of-pace work for the team. Given that context, Michel is a speculative lineup option this week, but his role in the offense could grown as the season rolls along, in particular if Harris gets banged up at all in the coming weeks.

November 29, 2020 7:26 AM EST

Sony Michel: Inactive Sunday

Michel (quad) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Analysis: Though he's now off IR, Michel will sit this one out, leaving the Patriots' Week 11 rushing duties in the hands of Damien Harris, James White and Rex Burkhead.

November 22, 2020 8:35 AM EST

Sony Michel: Returns from IR

The Patriots activated Michel (quadriceps) from injured reserve Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Michel is expected to suit up in Sunday's game versus the Texans, which would be his first showing since Week 3. Damien Harris (chest/ankle), who is considered questionable, appears to have earned the starting running back role when Michel was sidelined, but coach Bill Belichick remains fond of the committee backfield, meaning Michel, Rex Burkhead and James White should all see some tread Sunday.

November 21, 2020 7:41 AM EST

Sony Michel: Not coming off IR yet

Michel (quadriceps) was not activated off injured reserve Saturday, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.

Analysis: It appears as if Michel is closing on making his first appearance since being placed on injured reserve in Week 3, but it won't occur Sunday. So long as Damien Harris (chest/ankle) is able to go, expect the likes of James White and Rex Burkhead to chip in with their usual roles, with J.J, Taylor mixing in if Harris is unable to play.

November 14, 2020 2:28 PM EST

Sony Michel: Drawing closer to a return

Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears relayed Michel (quadriceps) is "getting back" to full health, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports. "He was down, illness-wise there for a little bit, too, so that really set him back," Fears added "And he's doing a great job. I mean, he's really looking good in practice. He really is."

Analysis: On Sunday, the Patriots could be without Damien Harris, who was limited in practice this week with chest and ankle injuries and is listed as questionable for the team's Week 10 game against the Ravens. As a result, the team can activate Michel from IR by Saturday afternoon, but as Fears intimated the running back was impacted by his COVID-19 diagnosis, which set back his recovery from a Week 3 quad injury. If Michel is brought back to the active roster this weekend, he may have to contend with Harris for touches out of New England's backfield, which also includes healthy options like James White, Rex Burkhead and J.J. Taylor.

November 13, 2020 3:29 PM EST

Sony Michel: Not ready to return

Michel (quad) was not activated from IR in advance of Monday night's game against the Jets, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: With that, look for Damien Harris to head the Patriots' Week 9 rushing attack, with pass-catching ace James White and the versatile Rex Burkhead also on hand. Michel will thus set his sights on a possible return to action this coming Sunday against the Ravens.

November 9, 2020 4:07 PM EST

Sony Michel: Back at practice

Michel (quad) has returned to practice, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: Michel's 21-day window to be activated off IR thus commences, and if the running back has a setback-free week of practice he could return to the Patriots' backfield mix as soon as Monday night against the Jets.

November 5, 2020 9:53 AM EST

Sony Michel: Removed from COVID-19 list

Michel (quad/illness) was removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Michel is still on injured reserve for at least one more week, but it's encouraging to see the running back removed from the COVID-19 designation after landing on the list two weeks ago. The combination of Damien Harris, James White and Rex Burkhead will continue to shoulder most of the running-back load while Michel continues to recover from a quad injury that landed him on injured reserve earlier in the month.

October 31, 2020 3:12 PM EST

Sony Michel: Placed on COVID-19 list

Michel (quad/illness) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: It's worth reiterating a player can be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list without necessarily testing positive for the virus particularly after the NFL added a new "high risk" close contact category to their protocol earlier in the week. Michel, who was placed on injured reserve in early October due to a quad injury, was likely a few weeks away from being activated off injured reserve anyway, so this designation does little to change his fantasy stock for the immediate future.

October 17, 2020 1:55 PM EST

Sony Michel: Goes on IR

Michel (quad) has been placed on IR by the Patriots, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The move corresponds with Damien Harris (finger) being activated off IR by the team, with Michel now slated to miss at least three games. On the plus side, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network suggests that Michel "could come off (IR) relatively quickly. So, not a season-ending injury." Upon his return, which could come as soon as New England's Nov. 1 game against the Bills, Michel's role will hinge largely on how well Harris is performing at that juncture, as well as the health of the remainder of the team's backfield, which also includes James White, Rex Burkhead and J.J. Taylor.

October 5, 2020 1:50 PM EST

Sony Michel: Ruled out for Monday

Michel (quadriceps) has been downgraded to 'out' for Monday's game in Kansas City, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The extra day wasn't enough for Michel to recover from his quad injury. Meanwhile, the Patriots have until 4:00 p.m. ET on Monday to announce if they're activating Damien Harris (finger) from injured reserve. James White, Rex Burkhead and J.J. Taylor are the other running backs on the roster.

October 5, 2020 6:19 AM EST

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