Sony Michel regressed in his sophomore season in 2019 after a quality year in 2018, and we'll see what he does in Year 3. He enters the season as a No. 3 Fantasy running back in all leagues, with his value lower in any PPR format. He also has to prove he's healthy coming off foot surgery in May, although he's expected to be fine for Week 1. Michel could be the focal point of New England's offense this season with Tom Brady gone to Tampa Bay, and the Patriots' passing game could be a work in progress with either Cam Newton or Jarret Stidham under center. We could see Bill Belichick lean on Michel, who did have 180 more carries than anyone else on the roster last season. The problem is teams facing New England will focus on stopping the run, and Michel only has 19 catches in two seasons. He also will continue to share touches with James White, Rex Burkhead and Damien Harris, which could be a problem. Michel is worth a mid-round pick in all leagues, but don't draft him as a starter in any format this year.
Michel has been rehabbing from foot surgery at the team facility, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. While most players won't be allowed to use NFL team facilities until training camp, guys who are rehabbing injuries have been permitted to work with trainers. Michel had foot surgery in May, with reports suggesting it was a minor procedure to relieve lingering discomfort. He doesn't appear to be using a walking boot, but it's otherwise unclear how he's progressing through the rehab process. Any missed practice time could free up additional first-team reps for Damien Harris and Rex Burkhead.
Michel underwent foot surgery in May, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. The procedure reportedly was "maintenance-based" to relieve lingering discomfort, rather than addressing a severe injury. It isn't clear if Michel will be ready for the start of training camp, though he's already back in Foxborough for rehab work. Damien Harris and Rex Burkhead should get more snaps with the first-team offense if Michel isn't available this summer. The 2018 first-round pick has a troubling history of right knee injuries -- he also dealt with ankle, arm and shoulder injuries in college -- but this is the first report of any issue with his foot.
Michel carried the ball 14 times for 61 yards in the team's wild-card round loss to the Titans. He added two receptions for nine yards. Michel accounted for 14 of the team's 22 carries, dominating the Patriots' backfield. While he was largely efficient with his carries, he was held out of the end zone twice near the goal line during a crucial drive just before halftime. Overall, Michel averaged only 3.7 yards per carry for the campaign, though he still found the end zone seven times and accounted for 1,006 total yards from scrimmage. However, in order to gain a bigger foothold in the offense, he'll need to improve as a pass-catcher heading into his third season as a pro.
Michel (illness) rushed 18 times for 74 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 27-24 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. Michel was a late addition to the injury report Saturday due to an illness, but he toughed it out Sunday and was solid while spearheading the ground attack. The second-year back heads into next weekend's wild-card matchup against the Titans having gained between Sunday's 74 yards and 96 yards over the last three contests. It's also worth noting Michel's late-second-quarter four-yard rushing score was his first touchdown since Week 7, breaking an eight-game drought.
Michel (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Michel was added to New England's Week 17 injury report Saturday, after he came down with an illness. He'll give it a go in the team's regular-season finale, as the Patriots look to secure a first-round playoff bye, something they'd accomplish with a win Sunday (or a Kansas City loss). Fifteen games into his 2019 campaign, Michel has carried 229 times for 838 yards (3.7 YPC) and six TDs, to go along with 12 catches for 94 yards. Given his limited involvement in the passing game, Michel needs to see solid rushing volume in order to gain fantasy utility, and that's been the case over his last two outings, as the 2018 first-rounder has logged 40 carries for 185 yards and two catches for 19 yards in that span. It remains to be seen if he'll be slowed at all Sunday by the effects of his illness, with Rex Burkhead, James White and Brandon Bolden options to pick up extra carries if Michel is limited at all.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/27||Las Vegas Raiders||15||17.38|
|4||10/04||@Kansas City Chiefs||23||20.37|
|7||10/25||San Francisco 49ers||3||12.16|
|9||11/10||@New York Jets||9||14.50|
|13||12/06||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|14||12/11||@Los Angeles Rams||19||18.00|
|17||01/03||New York Jets||9||14.50|
|3 Year Avg||228||922||6||10||72||0||133|