College: Georgia | Rookie
Height: 5'11" | Weight: 215 lbs
Birth Date: 2/17/1995
2019 Bye Week: 10
Total Pts: 139.2
Avg Pts: 8.70
Rank: 28 RB
Michel had a very productive rookie season. He had a few nagging injuries that kept him out of three games, but produced big when on the field. He had four 100-yard games and was 69 yards shy of a 1,000-yard season. He showed his big potential in the playoffs, though, rushing for 336 yards and six touchdowns in three games. Michel was a difference maker for as the lead back for the Patriots. He did get very little work in the passing game, having seven receptions on 11 targets. Expect him to play a similar role this year for the Patriots, serving as the lead back but getting little work in passing situations. 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 catches the ball well out of the backfield despite not getting much work in that area last season. He does well as a runner on the outside or between the tackles.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Michel would have a little more value if caught some more passes, but he still should be considered a low-end No. 1 back or solid No. 2. He is going to get his yards and scores in this offense. Michel can finish with around 1,300 total yards, double-digit scores and 20 receptions.
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel was a surprise first-round selection in 2018, as the team is known for rotating RBs and treating them as disposable commodities. With a high draft investment, it seemed as if Michel might become a focal point of the offense. After a slow start due to limited training camp, Michel indeed carried the ball 25, 18, and 24 times between Weeks 4-6 and averaged 105.3 yards with four touchdowns in those games.He was then bitten by the injury bug again, missing a couple of games before resuming his role as the RB1. He wasn't quite as effective upon return, averaging 72.7 yards and scoring twice in the final seven games. His lack of involvement as a pass-catcher (seven receptions all year) limited his appeal in PPR leagues as well. Then the playoffs came and Michel was utterly dominant, racking up 336 yards and scoring six TD in three games en route to another New England Super Bowl victory.Michel was inconsistent but also flashed superior talent and remains on one of the best offenses in the NFL. While his floor isn't as safe as many other backs who play on third downs, Michel is at least a top-20 RB everywhere and can be moved higher in standard-scoring formats. The addition of Damien Harris might concern some but he shouldn't eat into early-down touches, but rather serve as a long-term replacement for Rex Burkhead. If Michel can keep seeing 20+ touches per game, his upside is that of a low-end fantasy RB1. He is best targeted in the fourth round but an argument can be made for him as a third-round value for those skeptical of backs like Damien Williams and Derrick Henry.
|Week 2||4.10||Sony Michel 7 receiving yds (0.70 pts)|
Sony Michel 34 rushing yds (3.40 pts)
|Week 3||5.00||Sony Michel 50 rushing yds (5.00 pts)|
|Week 4||20.20||Sony Michel 10 yd TD rush (9.00 pts)|
Sony Michel 112 rushing yds (11.20 pts)
|Week 5||20.00||Sony Michel 12 receiving yds (1.20 pts)|
Sony Michel 34 yd TD rush (9.00 pts)
Sony Michel 98 rushing yds (9.80 pts)
|Week 6||22.60||Sony Michel 4 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)|
Sony Michel 1 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Sony Michel 106 rushing yds (10.60 pts)
|Week 7||2.50||Sony Michel 13 receiving yds (1.30 pts)|
Sony Michel 22 rushing yds (2.20 pts)
Sony Michel 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
|Week 10||3.10||Sony Michel 31 rushing yds (3.10 pts)|
|Week 12||20.50||Sony Michel 12 receiving yds (1.20 pts)|
Sony Michel 1 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Sony Michel 133 rushing yds (13.30 pts)
|Playoff Week 1||7.00||Sony Michel 7 receiving yds (0.70 pts)|
Sony Michel 63 rushing yds (6.30 pts)
|Playoff Week 2||5.70||Sony Michel 57 rushing yds (5.70 pts)|
|Playoff Week 3||5.90||Sony Michel 59 rushing yds (5.90 pts)|
|Playoff Week 4||17.60||Sony Michel 4 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)|
Sony Michel 116 rushing yds (11.60 pts)
|Playoff Week 5||5.00||Sony Michel 50 rushing yds (5.00 pts)|
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) said he hopes to be ready for the start of training camp.
Fantasy Spin: Michel could be limited during the early portion of camp but should be fully healthy for the start of the regular season. He is coming off an impressive rookie season and likely will be a No. 2 fantasy running back in 2019.
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel is progressing well after undergoing knee scope surgery and is expected to be ready for mini-camp at the end of the month. Michel ran for 931 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie, then added six touchdowns in three playoff games for the Super Bowl champs. Michel is expected to enter the season as the team's primary running back, something the Patriots haven't had for seasons. One area of improvement for Michel will be in the passing game. The second-year back came out of college with capable hands but a few early season drops disintegrated quarterback Tom Brady's confidence in him. If he can get involved in the Patriots passing game, Michel is in line for huge fantasy season.
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) has been working out at QB Tom Brady's TB12 training facility this offseason while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery in hopes of becoming a more explosive runner.
Fantasy Spin: Michel, a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, will be competing for work with James White, Rex Burkhead, and 2019 third-rounder Damien Harris in 2019. Michel projects to lead the backfield after racking up 981 yards from scrimmage and six total touchdowns last season, but he'll be a risky pick in New England's constantly shuffling rotation.
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) has been running at 'full tilt' after recovering from offseason arthroscopic knee surgery, according to multiple sources. He was unable to participate in the team's minicamp last month but should be ready for the start of training camp.
Fantasy Spin: Michel will continue to receive the bulk of the carries in the New England offense in 2019 and should be viewed as a solid RB2 option in most fantasy football leagues.
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) missed some offseason workouts because he recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, according to a source. He is expected to be ready for training camp.
Fantasy Spin: Michel may be eased into training camp but should be fine for the start of the regular season. He likely will receive most of the carries in the running game and can be a No. 2 running back in most fantasy leagues.
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel hasn't been spotted at an offseason practice since May 20, and the reason is unclear. It is starting to get concerning, especially since Michel has a history of knee issues. The 24-year-old ran the ball 209 times for 931 yards and six touchdowns in 13 games in an impressive rookie season, but he might be more of a risk in 2019 due to injury and the Patriots crowded backfield that also includes James White, Rex Burkhead, rookie Damien Harris and Brandon Bolden. Hopefully we'll get more clarity on Michel's situation soon.
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (unknown) has missed all three days of the team's minicamp this week with no explanation from the team. One beat reporter believes the team is simply managing the workload for Michel, who has had a history of knee issues dating back through his time at Georgia.
Fantasy Spin: Michel missed three games last season with knee problems but enjoyed a standout run through the postseason with 345 yards and six TDs in three games. James White, Rex Burkhead and rookie Damien Harris also are in the mix, but Michel is still regarded as a low-end RB2.
New England Patriots RBs Sony Michel and Damien Harris are competing for lead-back duties with James White locked into his role and Rex Burkhead likely viewed as a jack-of-all-trades, change-of-pace runner, according to Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald.
Fantasy Spin: It doesn't come as a surprise Michel and Harris are the main candidates for the lead role, but Duffy appears to believe Harris will get a fair chance to win the job, although he admits both backs will get carries. Michel is the more talented back of the two, but Duffy points out he didn't do much in terms of explosive runs (four carries of 20-plus yards as a rookie) or in the passing game (seven catches), so there is potential - albeit slight - for Harris to find a niche if he shows well in camp.
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel is currently the only player listed as kick returner on the current depth chart.
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel didn't participate in the team's OTA workouts Thursday, May 23, and one team beat writer says it's possible that the team is limiting Michel's offseason workload.
Fantasy Spin: Michel matched his 13-game regular-season TD total (six) in three playoff games as he enjoyed a strong postseason. Despite the addition of third-round RB Damien Harris, Michel should be drafted as a solid RB2.
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel rushed 18 times for 94 yards and a touchdown in a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, finishing the postseason with 336 rushing yards and six touchdowns in three games.
Fantasy Spin: Michel emerged as the lead back between the tackles for New England, and having a big role for a solid offense should keep him firmly in the RB2 mix in 2019.
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel is the first rookie and fourth running back overall to have back-to-back playoff games with at least 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The other three to do so -- Terrell Davis, John Riggins and Larry Csonka -- are in the Hall of Fame.
Fantasy Spin: Michel has totaled 54 touches, including 53 rushing attempts, in two playoff games so far and is the best bet among all players to have a big game on the ground in Super Bowl LIII. Still, he's facing his toughest test yet in a Rams defense that has allowed only 98 yards on 43 rushes during their two NFC playoff wins.
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel has received some advice for playing in his first Super Bowl from two-time champion and Super Bowl XXXII MVP Terrell Davis. 'Try not to make this game any different than the ones you played,' David relayed to Michel via TMZ Sports. 'A lot of times, what happens is players assume, 'It's a Super Bowl, so I gotta do something different. I gotta prepare more, I gotta do something that I'm not used to doing. And, that's when they get in trouble.'
Fantasy Spin: Michel, the rookie first-round pick, is doing just fine this postseason rushing for a combined 242 yards and five TDs on 53 carries in wins over the Chargers and Chiefs. Next up may be toughest test yet in a Rams defense that has yielded only 98 yards on 43 carries in wins over the Cowboys and Saints.
Since Week 11, the New England Patriots are averaging 5.4 yards per rush on 116 carries out of '21' personnel - easily better than the league average of 4.7 yards, according to Sharp Football Stats. RB Sony Michel has been the primary beneficiary, rushing for 242 yards and five touchdowns on 53 carries in two postseason games.
Fantasy Spin: The Patriots' Super Bowl LIII opponent, the Los Angeles Rams, allowed a league-high 5.1 yards per carry in the regular season and also allowed 5.1 yards per rush when opponents ran out of "21" personnel, so look for this to be one of the first areas for New England to try to attack on Feb. 3.
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel is the first rookie running ever to run for at least 100 yards and two touchdowns in a championship game.
Fantasy Spin: Michel has been on fire in his first postseason, amassing 242 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns in his first two games. That's with Rex Burkhead and James White taking away snaps, too. Michel's value is weaker in PPR leagues, but he's a quality RB2 prospect going forward.