Week 12 vs Dallas Cowboys
Sony Michel had his second-worst fantasy week of the season in Week 11 against the Eagles, finishing as the RB45 with just 44 yards from scrimmage. Michel finished as the RB43 in Week 9 before New England's Week 10 bye, and he's now the RB27 overall through Week 11. Michel continues to see heavy red zone usage, ranking eighth among all running backs with 29 red zone attempts.
While it would be understandable to have soured on Michel as a fantasy asset over his past few performances, now is not the time to let him go. Dallas has allowed a 14th-highest 25.4 aFPA to running backs, while they've limited opposing wide receivers to a seventh-lowest 29.6 aFPA. While they do lead the NFL in yards per game, the Patriots defense has allowed the fewest yards per game, making an offensive explosion somewhat unlikely. If the game remains somewhat close, New England could lean more heavily on the run game. Michel also should benefit from the return of left tackle Isaiah Wynn, whose presence should improve the run-blocking effectiveness of the Patriots' offensive line. Michel is a start ideally as a low-end RB2, but his red-zone usage gives him a decent ceiling.