• Sony Michel

  • RB
  • , New England Patriots
  • 25
  • 215 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Michel finished his second season as the No. 28 fantasy running back, rushing for just 3.7 YPC. He had 12 catches all year, so he doesn’t offer much as a receiver. The Cam Newton signing offsets some of the offensive concerns, though Newton is sure to vulture a few rushing touchdowns along the way. Michel should benefit from a YPC standpoint by playing with a running quarterback for the first time in his career.

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Scouting report

by Spencer Babbitt

NE RB Sony Michel - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Sony Michel’s role is no mystery. He is a between-the-tackles power runner who provides almost nothing in the passing game. This role carries some value in New England. Michel should receive enough volume to be a viable fantasy starter in games where New England experiences a positive game script. Michel’s 247 carries last season was good for ninth among running backs and his 45 red-zone touches also cracked the top 10. The addition of Cam Newton is great for Michel’s fantasy prospects as it should bring greater offensive efficiency to the Patriots’ offense as a whole, meaning additional red zone and goal-line carries. Michel will have RB2 upside in games where the Patriots are favored or adopt a run-heavy game plan.

Fantasy Downside
Michel’s fantasy upside is limited by injury and game script concerns. Michel had offseason surgery for a fractured foot and only shed his walking boot earlier this month. Michel also missed time due to a knee issue in 2018. It is too early to tell whether Michel will be 100% for training camp, let alone Week 1. Michel also has significant game script concerns. He offers nothing in the passing game and only had a 38.2% snap share last season, meaning he comes off the field on every third down and even more frequently when New England is trailing. Michel will be a glaring hole in your lineup in any game the Patriots fall behind and favor James White on the field as their designated receiving back. Finally, Newton will almost certainly get goal line carries that would normally go to Michel now that he will be under center for the Patriots.

2020 Bottom Line
Michel is a situational fantasy play due to his lack of versatility. He should rack up enough carries, yards and touchdowns to be a viable flex play, but his floor is very low and fantasy drafters will almost surely be frustrated with him some weeks. Michel should be drafted as a RB3 that gets a small bump in standard leagues.

2020 Strength of Schedule - NE

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
26
MIA
16
@SEA
20
LV
25
@KC
7
DEN
BYE2
SF
17
@BUF
11
@NYJ
10
BAL
23
@HOU
18
ARI
19
@LAC
13
@LAR
26
@MIA
17
BUF
11
NYJ

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats

WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1PIT1514000.9300000.001.41.423/7032.9%
2@MIA2185114.0500000.0012.512.535/7248.6%
3NYJ911101.2200010.007.17.117/7722.1%
4@BUF1763003.7100000.006.36.329/6544.6%
5@WAS1691105.693320310.6718.321.338/7848.7%
6NYG2286003.912270313.5011.313.341/8250.0%
7@NYJ1942302.211-802-8.0021.422.431/8237.8%
8CLE2174003.5200000.007.47.428/6940.6%
9@BAL418004.501120212.003.04.015/6722.4%
10BYE--------------
11@PHI1033003.30211045.504.46.422/7429.7%
12DAL2085004.2500000.008.58.536/7051.4%
13@HOU1045004.5000000.004.54.515/8717.2%
14KC58001.6011011.000.91.99/6713.4%
15@CIN1989004.681140214.0010.311.327/6541.5%
16BUF2196004.5715025.0010.111.131/7342.5%
17MIA1874104.1100000.0013.413.426/6142.6%
Per game15.4457.130.440.063.700.755.8801.257.838.809.5526.44/72.4436.63%
Totals247914713.7012940207.83140.8152.8423/115936.63%
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