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Appleton Papermakers Blue Est. 2004
FFL: Preseason | NFL: Week 1


College: Georgia | 3 years
Height: 5'11" | Weight: 215 lbs
Birth Date: 2/17/1995
2020 Bye Week: 6

Total Pts: 145.4
Avg Pts: 9.09
Rank: 33 RB

Free Agent

2020 RTSports Outlook

Michel had a ho-hum second season for the Patriots. He started all year but failed to hit the 1,000-yard rushing mark and was 31st in fantasy running back scoring. He did not have a 100-yard rushing game all season despite having double-digit carries all but three games. He also got little work in the passing game once again, finishing with 12 receptions. He remains the starter for the Patriots, but might need to show a little more to stay in good graces with the coaching staff. Michel has posted very similar numbers each of his first two seasons in the league, averaging 922-rushing yards and seven touchdowns per sea-son. Michel is an explosive back that does great work in space. He is a big-play threat capable of a huge play every time he touches the ball. He can catch the ball pretty well out of the backfield despite not getting much work in that area. He does well as a runner on the outside or between the tackles.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Michel would have a lot more value if caught some more passes. He is going to get his yards and scores in this offense, though, making him a low-end No. 2 fantasy back. Michel can finish with around 1,200 total yards, double-digit scores and 20 receptions.

RotoBaller's Outlook

New England Patriots running back Sony Michel will have more pressure on him than ever before this season. With Tom Brady now a Buccaneer and the inexperienced Jarrett Stidham as the probable No. 1 option under center, head coach Bill Belichick will likely feature Michel as an integral part of the offense more so than in years past. After a promising inaugural campaign in 2018, the 25-year-old saw a regression in certain statistical categories, notably taking a dip in his average YPC from 4.5 to 3.7. He did provide a career-high 247 attempts and nearly matched his yardage numbers from his rookie campaign on the ground, but fantasy owners would like to see more from him moving ahead. While he should handle the of a bulk of the carries in 2020, he has added pressure from sophomore back Damien Harris for reps if he doesn't produce. In regards to Michel's ADP, reaching for him during fantasy drafts isn't recommended, but bypassing him isn't either, with Harris providing adequate late-round handcuff relief as the workhorse over both James White and Rex Burkhead if things go south during the year. The former Georgia Bulldog has a sizable upside but be prepared for the chance of disappointment as well.

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Fantasy Week
Week 11.40Sony Michel 14 rushing yds (1.40 pts)
Week 213.30Sony Michel 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Sony Michel 1 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Sony Michel 83 rushing yds (8.30 pts)
Week 37.10Sony Michel 5 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Sony Michel 11 rushing yds (1.10 pts)
Week 46.30Sony Michel 63 rushing yds (6.30 pts)
Week 521.30Sony Michel 32 receiving yds (3.20 pts)
Sony Michel 14 yd TD rush (9.00 pts)
Sony Michel 91 rushing yds (9.10 pts)
Week 611.30Sony Michel 27 receiving yds (2.70 pts)
Sony Michel 86 rushing yds (8.60 pts)
Week 722.20Sony Michel 3 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Sony Michel 1 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Sony Michel 1 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Sony Michel 42 rushing yds (4.20 pts)
Week 87.40Sony Michel 74 rushing yds (7.40 pts)
Week 93.00Sony Michel 12 receiving yds (1.20 pts)
Sony Michel 18 rushing yds (1.80 pts)
Week 10
Week 114.40Sony Michel 11 receiving yds (1.10 pts)
Sony Michel 33 rushing yds (3.30 pts)
Week 128.50Sony Michel 85 rushing yds (8.50 pts)
Playoff Week 14.50Sony Michel 45 rushing yds (4.50 pts)
Playoff Week 20.90Sony Michel 1 receiving yd (0.10 pts)
Sony Michel 8 rushing yds (0.80 pts)
Playoff Week 310.30Sony Michel 14 receiving yds (1.40 pts)
Sony Michel 89 rushing yds (8.90 pts)
Playoff Week 410.10Sony Michel 5 receiving yds (0.50 pts)
Sony Michel 96 rushing yds (9.60 pts)
Playoff Week 513.40Sony Michel 4 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Sony Michel 74 rushing yds (7.40 pts)
Player Notes
Jun 12 12:10pm ET

New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (foot) recently underwent surgery and it's unclear if he'll be ready for the beginning of training camp. It was revealed that the surgery was more maintenance-based to help relieve discomfort. Michel was the leading rusher for the Patriots over the last two seasons. He rushed for 912 yards on 247 attempts with seven touchdowns last year in New England. The Pats drafted Damien Harris in the third round during the 2020 NFL Draft. James White seems to always find a way to get himself involved in the offense. The Patriots have depth if Michel is not ready to play by the beginning of the season. His fantasy value could take a slight hit with the added talent in the backfield this offseason.

From RotoBaller

Jun 12 9:33am ET

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (foot) had surgery on his foot in May, according to sources. The surgery was a maintenance-based operation to help relieve discomfort that Michel had been experiencing. It's unknown whether he'll be ready for training camp.

Fantasy Spin: Michel slipped to 3.7 yards per carry last season, and he has dealt with multiple knee injuries. This will be a make-or-break year for him as he enters the fray as a low-end RB2 in fantasy.

From TheHuddle

Jun 9 9:13pm ET

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel averaged 1.6 yards after contact as a rusher in 2019 - tied for the second-worst mark among qualified rushers.

From TheHuddle

Jun 2 6:33pm ET

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel led all NFL running backs with a touch rate of 63 percent in 2019.

Fantasy Spin: Michel amassed 1,006 yards from scrimmage with seven combined touchdowns on his 259 touches as a sophomore. His usage should rise even higher while supporting Jarrett Stidham or Brian Hoyer rather than Tom Brady in 2020. He should be drafted as a mid-tier RB2.

From TheHuddle

May 21 11:33pm ET

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel finished second in the league with 82 rushing attempts against defenses with eight or more defenders in the box in 2019, according to ESPN's Matt Bowen.

From TheHuddle

Apr 5 5:13pm ET

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel averaged 19 carries for 73 yards and scored four touchdowns in three games with Rex Burkhead injured last season. In those same contests, Michel compiled six of his 12 catches for the year. In the 13 games Burkhead was active, Michel averaged 14.6 carries for 53 yards and scored only three times.

From TheHuddle

Player Transactions
  • 23-Jul-2018: NWE - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (fifth-year option)
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