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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 5 91 400 4.4 4 7 3 18 6.0 0 65.8 13.2
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
RB3RB5 Kenjon Barner
RB4RB3 Rex Burkhead
RB5FB1 James Develin
RB6RB4 Jeremy Hill
Patriots Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
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.

Injury Sony Michel not expected to play
Knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Sep 9, 8:10 am

New England Patriots
Patriots’ RB Sony Michel, listed as questionable for opener against the Texans due to a knee injury, is not expected to play today, per source. More on Sunday NFL Countdown at 10 a.m. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Michel has been a longshot to play Week 1 after missing most of August with a knee issue that required a clean up procedure. Expect to see plenty of Rex Burkhead and James White in the backfield for New England both are viable fantasy plays in Week 1.

Patriots release RB Mike Gillislee
Should catch on with another team
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Sep 1, 1:23 pm

New England Patriots
The Patriots have released Mike Gillislee, per source. As it turned out, they sat him against the Giants as a courtesy to prevent an injury before this transaction. (Jeff How on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Gillisle was part of a crowded running back group that includes Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel, James White and Jeremy Hill. With Gillislee's release, it appears the veteran Hill has made the team.

Injury Sony Michel in doubt for Week 1
Rookie recovering from early August knee drain
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 30, 5:40 pm

New England Patriots
Per Jeff Howe of The Athletic: “There has been a constant sense of optimism surrounding Rex Burkhead’s readiness despite a slight tear in his knee, but that sense hasn’t been as strong around Sony Michel, as sources maintained to The Athletic earlier this month the start of his regular season was in jeopardy due to a knee drain that was caused by a meniscus issue.” (The Athletic - Jeff Howe)

FFToday's Take: As the New England backfield turns. Burkhead was overprotective of Burkhead this month because the Patriots supposedly have big plans for him. That could and should still be the case. Michel was either supposed to fill the Dion Lewis role in this offense or be the next Alvin Kamara, depending on who you ask. Owners are advised to treat both Burkhead and Michel as high-upside flexes or RB3 until further notice.

Injury Sony Michel returns to practice
Pats RB coach likes what he sees
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Aug 28, 1:00 pm

New England Patriots
RBs coach Ivan Fears on rookie Sony Michel: "Just what we expected. He was progressing well. I was really happy when we got the pads on, and got a chance to see him run a bit. It looks like he's going to be what we expected to be. ... I expect him to come back ready to go." (Mike Reiss on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Michel returned to practice on Monday and appears to progressing nicely. He had a clean up procedure on August 4th and has been out of action ever since. It remains to be seen what kind of role, if any, the rookie will have in Week 1.

Injury Sony Michel back at practice
First football activity since injuring knee on Aug. 1
By: Doug Orth | Mon Aug 27, 5:00 pm

New England Patriots
Progress on the injury front for the Patriots: Rookie RB Sony Michel makes his first appearance on the practice field since Aug. 1. (ESPN - Mike Reiss)

FFToday's Take: The Patriots' backfield is often about as clear as mud, and that seems to be even more the case this year. Michel was reportedly struggling in camp even before his injury and three weeks away isn't going to help him learn the Patriots' complicated offensive system any faster or close the gap on Rex Burkhead regardless of his first-round draft pedigree. Michel has massive upside, but whether it has a chance to be realized in 2018 is another story.

Injury Burkhead, Britt, Michel not expected to play
Will miss pre-season Week 2 due to rehab/injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Aug 16, 7:00 am

New England Patriots
While some might not play due to coach’s decision, the following are among those not expected to suit up vs. Eagles for injury/rehab reasons: WR Kenny Britt, RB Rex Burkhead, OT Marcus Cannon, CB Duke Dawson, DE Trey Flowers, CB Ryan Lewis, RB Sony Michel and ST Matthew Slater. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Burkhead's injury is a mystery for now and with the Patriots being tight-lipped, it might be difficult to get clarity in the near future. Jeremy Hill has been limited in practice this week so it's unclear how much playing time he will get this evening. Tom Brady is expected to play the majority of the first half.

Injury Sony Michel suffers knee injury
Requires procedure, will miss pre-season
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Aug 4, 3:00 pm

New England Patriots
Sony Michel suffered a knee injury that concerned the team Wednesday, source said. He still isn’t at practice. Further details w/more clarity: Michel’s knee injury requires a procedure that’s expected to keep him out of preseason, and perhaps even into the start of the reg season, per 2 sources. So not a major sigh of relief, but the expectation is Michel should contribute this season. (Jeff Howe on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The injury happened on Wednesday and it appears will sideline the Pats rookie running back for the time being. The procedure was to drain fluid from the knee. The Patriots are notorious for keeping a tight lip on injury situations so it's hard to predict when Michel will be ready for action. While this is a big blow for his fantasy stock, the Patriots have a stockpile of running backs including Rex Burkhead, James White, Mike Gillislee and Jeremy Hill.

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

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