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Running Back, New England Patriots

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Draft: 2018 Round 1 (31)
College: Georgia
Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 220 DOB: 1995-02-17 Age: 23
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#38 6 7.07

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2018 NE 11 177 765 4.3 5 11 7 50 7.1 0 111.5 10.1
2018 (Projected) NE   126 555 4.4 4   15 105 7.0 0 90.0  

2018 Outlook
Depth Chart
Bill Belichick and the New England front office went against their typical mold by using a first-round pick on rookie running back Sony Michel. As a team that rarely uses high draft capital on offensive skill position players, let alone running backs, the Patriots are high on the former Georgia Bulldog.

At 5'11", 215 pounds, Michel has the size and ability to be an every-down back in the NFL, and his pass protection skills were arguably the best of any player in the draft. The problem is that Belichick likes to use a stable of running backs, and Michel struggled with fumbles while in college. Michel also a had procedure to drain fluid from his knee on August 4th which could keep him out of pre-season action. Not the best situation for a rookie. Despite these issues, any RB who receives a sizable share of the New England ground game carries significant fantasy value, as the Patriots scored the second-most points in the NFL last season behind the Saints.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Sony Michel
RB2RB2 James White
RB3RB3 Rex Burkhead
RB4FB1 James Develin
RB5RB4 Jeremy Hill
Patriots Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Rex Burkhead activated off IR
Out since Week 3 with neck injury
By: Doug Orth | Mon Nov 26, 7:45 pm

New England Patriots
Source: the Patriots have activated RB Rex Burkhead to the 53-man roster. He can play this Sunday. (ESPN - Field Yates)

FFToday's Take: Sony Michel and James White have carved out fantasy-friendly and predictable roles in the New England offense in his absence, but Burkhead's return figures to impact their production and workloads moving forward. He may not see a huge snap count in Week 13 if he even plays, but he may be a low-end option for owners desperate to replace Melvin Gordon. Either way, he is worth adding in all leagues while we find out how he will be used.

Injury Rex Burkhead back at practice
Eligible to play in Week 13
By: Doug Orth | Fri Nov 9, 1:35 am

New England Patriots
Welcome back to practice, RB Rex Burkhead. Burkhead (neck) is eligible to play on Dec. 2 vs. Vikings. This means Burkhead takes the Patriots’ second and final designated to return IR spot. (ESPN - Mike Reiss)

FFToday's Take: Good news for Burkhead, who has struggled to stay healthy as a Patriot. Owners of Sony Michel and James White have a right to be less excited, as both players have repeatedly shown they can deliver RB1 production when there isn't a third chef in the kitchen. Assuming Burkhead returns, he is a decent bet to ding the value of Michel slightly and steal enough work from White to make him more of an RB2. Burkhead is easily worth a stash if owners can find the room.

Injury Sony Michel expected to return for Week 10
Rookie RB should be on the field for Pats-Titans tilt
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Nov 6, 1:02 pm

New England Patriots
Adam Schefter on Twitter: "After missing the past two games with a knee injury, Patriots’ RB Sony Michel is likely to return Sunday vs. Titans, per source. Just needs a good week of practice with no setbacks, but on track." (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Well, there you have it. The great Cordarrelle Patterson experiment seems to be over, and Michel will regain his rightful place alongside James White in the Pats backfield. Michel looks like a go for Week 10 and can be safely inserted as as RB3/flex play, with low-end RB2 upside.

Injury Gronkowski, Michel iffy for Sunday night
Hard to trust in Week 9
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 4, 9:00 am

New England Patriots
Patriots will test TE Rob Gronkowski (back) and RB Sony Michel (knee) pregame, but there is concern about whether both players listed as questionable will be able to play tonight vs Packers, per sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Given the Sunday night kickoff it will be difficult for fantasy owners to trust Gronk and Michel in lineups in Week 9. WR Cordarrelle Patterson saw 10 carries (38 yards) last week with Michel inactive.

Injury Sony Michel limited in practice, Questionable
Knee inury
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Nov 2, 2:00 pm

New England Patriots
Patriots list 13 players as questionable, with WR Cordarrelle Patterson (neck) added to the list as a limited participant Friday. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Sony Michel was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable. The Patriots play Sunday night so hopefully we'll get some concrete information on Sunday morning about his status. He'll be in the RB2 mix if he's cleared to play.

Injury Michel's knee injury not considered serious
Could still miss time
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Oct 22, 1:10 pm

New England Patriots
Sources: #Patriots RB Sony Michel’s knee injury is not considered serious following his MRI. His timetable isn’t clear, but this is pretty good news for their impressive rookie runner. He still could miss time, but if he does, it may not be much. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Michel got his leg twisted early in Week 7 but it appears he escaped a serious knee or ankle injury. We'll have to wait for further details on how much time he will miss. James White and Kenjon Barner handled the rushing duties after Michel left the game. Upcoming schedule for the Pats includes @BUF, GB, @TEN, bye.

Injury Rex Burkhead headed to IR
Neck injury
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 26, 11:55 am

New England Patriots
BREAKING: The #Patriots will be putting RB Rex Burkhead (neck) and rookie LB Ja'Whaun Bentley (unknown) on IR today, per league source. (Jim McBride on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Burkhead was a pre-season favorite of the fantasy community with and ADP in the 6th round at RB28. Now, Sony Michel, James White and Kenjon Barner now makeup the Patriots running back depth chart with Michel being the back to own in most leagues.

2018 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
2 at JAC L 20-31 10 34 3.4 0 2 1 7 7.0 0 4.1
3 at DET L 10-26 14 50 3.6 0 3 1 -1 -1.0 0 4.9
4 MIA W 38-7 25 112 4.5 1 0 0 0 - 0 17.2
5 IND W 38-24 18 98 5.4 1 1 1 12 12.0 0 17.0
6 KC W 43-40 24 106 4.4 2 1 0 0 - 0 22.6
7 at CHI W 38-31 4 22 5.5 0 1 1 13 13.0 0 3.5
10 at TEN L 10-34 11 31 2.8 0 0 0 0 - 0 3.1
12 at NYJ W 27-13 21 133 6.3 1 2 2 12 6.0 0 20.5
13 MIN W 24-10 17 63 3.7 0 1 1 7 7.0 0 7.0
14 at MIA L 33-34 20 57 2.9 0 0 0 0 - 0 5.7
15 at PIT L 10-17 13 59 4.5 0 0 0 0 - 0 5.9

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