Player Outlook
Michel joined the Dolphins in the offseason, where he'll compete with Raheem Mostert and Chase Edmonds for touches. We expect Edmonds to handle most of the passing downs, so the competition is likely between Mostert and Michel to be the primary early-downs back. Mostert isn't guaranteed to be ready for Week 1 and has had troubles staying on the field in the past, so there could be a huge opportunity for Michel in Mike McDaniel's system. Draft Michel as a reserve in the double-digit rounds, maybe slightly higher in non-PPR if Mostert is on the PUP late in training camp.

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2022
2021 845 4.06 4 1 21 128 1 1247.3
2020 449 5.68 1 7 114 1 677.4
3y Avg. 735 4.13 4 1 13 112 1 1128
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  • Dolphins' Sony Michel: Minimal action in preseason opener

    Michel rushed twice for minus-2 yards and secured his only target for four yards in the Dolphins' 26-24 preseason win over the Buccaneers on Saturday night. The veteran opened the game with Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert both sitting out the contest, but Michel had minimal impact, as his final numbers corroborate. On the one hand, the 27-year-old has little to prove in the preseason in terms of his ability to produce at the NFL level, but he's also in a legitimate battle with Myles Gaskin, who carried four times for 27 yards, for a depth back role. The battle between the two players will continue to unfold in next Saturday night's exhibition matchup against the Raiders.
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  • Dolphins' Sony Michel: Listed as backup for now

    Michel and Myles Gaskin are listed as backups on the Dolphins' initial preseason depth chart, while Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert are both listed as starters, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports. Michel has proven himself capable of carrying a backfield load when necessary, and he averaged a healthy 4.1 YPC through 17 games with the Rams last season, rushing for 845 yards and four touchdowns while securing 21 passes for 128 yards and one score. Through the early stages of training camp it appears that Edmonds and Mostert are the early favorites to headline Miami's revamped rushing attack, but considering coach Mike McDaniel comes from Kyle Shanahan's coaching tree in San Francisco, it wouldn't be surprising to see multiple backs be featured throughout the 2022 campaign. Even if Michel begins the season in a depth role, he can thus be considered a high-upside handcuff in fantasy leagues with deep rosters, as long as he beats out Gaskin for at least the No. 3 gig.
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  • Dolphins' Sony Michel: Inks deal with Miami

    Michel signed a contract with the Dolphins on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The veteran running back will bring depth to a backfield that already includes Chase Edmonds, Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed. Michel appeared in 17 games a season ago with the Rams, rushing for 845 yards and four scores while hauling in 21 passes for 128 yards and one touchdown.
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  • Sony Michel: Draws post-draft interest

    Michel, who visited the Dolphins on Wednesday, is also in line to visit the Saints, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports. The chances of Michel returning to the Rams and rejoining a backfield that also includes Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson seemingly took a hit with the team's fifth-round selection of Kyren Williams in the recent NFL Draft. This past season, Michel carried 208 times for 845 yards and four TDs while adding 21 catches for a 128 yards a receiving score, but the volume he logged in 2021 was largely the result of Akers missing most of the season with an Achilles' injury. If Michel signs with either Miami or New Orleans, he'd likely work in a complementary role, with the Dolphins already rostering Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert and the Saints' rushing attack still led by Alvin Kamara.
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  • Rams' Sony Michel: Falls down depth chart

    Michel had two carries for two yards in the Rams' 23-20 win Sunday over the Bengals in Super Bowl LVI. Michel saw only seven snaps, as Darrell Henderson, who was returning from a knee injury, leaped past him on the running back depth chart. Michel spent the final weeks of the regular season as the Rams' lead back, with Cam Akers missing the entire regular season due to a torn Achilles and Henderson dealing with an MCL sprain. The extra work down the stretch helped him compile 845 yards and four touchdowns on 208 carries along with 21 receptions on 33 targets for 128 yards and another touchdown. The Patriots declined the fifth-year option on Michel's rookie contract before trading him to the Rams in August, so he'll be a free agent this offseason. With Akers and Henderson already under contract for 2022, there's a good chance Michel will be looking for a new home once free agency opens in March.
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  • Rams' Sony Michel: Inefficient in conference title win

    Michel rushed 10 times for 16 yards and brought in one of two targets for minus-4 yards during the Rams' 20-17 win over the 49ers in their NFC Championship Game matchup Sunday. Michel carried just three times fewer than backfield mate Cam Akers, but he gained 32 less yards as well while averaging just 1.6 per carry. The fourth-year veteran saw a bit of a bump in workload due to Akers' in-game shoulder injury, but the latter was able to return to the contest and appears to be okay moving forward. That likely equates to another relatively modest complementary role for Michel in the Super Bowl LVI matchup against the Bengals on Sunday, Feb. 13, but his prior experience playing for the Lombardi Trophy while with the Patriots potentially could earn him some decent volume in the contest.
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  • Rams' Sony Michel: Plays second fiddle in win

    Michel rushed once for four yards and caught two passes for minus-4 yards during Sunday's 30-27 win over Tampa Bay. Michel was officially leapfrogged by Cam Akers on Sunday. Akers out-snapped Michel, 58-14, and had 23 more rushing attempts. However, Akers also lost two fumbles, and the second one was with just 2:33 left in regulation. Michel only lost a single fumble all season, so it could be worthwhile to monitor what head coach Sean McVay says about the backfield leading into next week's game against the 49ers.
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  • Rams' Sony Michel: Splits backfield workload

    Michel rushed 13 times for 58 yards in Monday night's 34-11 wild-card round win over the Cardinals. Michel ripped off a 35-yard run on Los Angeles' first offensive play, setting the tone for a dominating performance from the Rams. Overall though, Michel didn't get much going with his other handoffs. While he still led the team in rushing yards, Cam Akers topped him with 17 carries, gaining 55 yards. Akers also caught a 40-yard pass from Odell Beckham, putting together a more complete performance than Michel. With the Rams comfortable rotating between Michel and Akers, however, look for both to remain consistently involved versus the Buccaneers in Sunday's NFC divisional-round game.
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  • Rams' Sony Michel: Bottled up on 22 touches

    Michel rushed 21 times for 43 yards and caught one of four targets for six more yards in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the 49ers. Michel's recent string of strong play came to a screeching halt, as he was barely able to move the rock against a stout 49ers front seven. The veteran power back still dominated the backfield touches (22 out of 30 potential RB touches) despite the return of Cam Akers (Achilles), although the latter was expected to be eased into action this week. Michel may see his workhorse role on offense erode with the versatile Akers back in the fold, beginning with next week's wild-card matchup against the Cardinals. A potential timeshare limits the veteran's value, but he should still remain involved in early-down work while getting first crack at goal-line rushing attempts.
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  • Rams' Sony Michel: Solid effort again

    Michel ran for 74 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries and caught three passes for 25 yards on five targets against Baltimore on Sunday. The Ravens didn't give the Rams any freebies Sunday and Michel had to grind out his yardage, but fantasy investors won't mind as long as the veteran back gets usage like this, especially if it comes with a touchdown most weeks. With Darrell Henderson (IR-knee) out of the picture, it's almost a given that Michel maintains his volume going forward, including against the 49ers in Week 18.
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  • Rams' Sony Michel: Staying in lead role for now

    The Rams plan to keep leaning heavily on Michel down the stretch run of the season, Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. That may have been the plan all along after Michel averaged a robust 4.8 yards per carry on 89 rushing attempts over the past four weeks, though Darrell Henderson's (knee) move to injured reserve this week makes the Rams' intentions even more clear. The Rams are now left with Jake Funk and special teamer Buddy Howell as their healthy backup options, and Cam Akers (Achilles) will also be in the mix at some point whenever he's ready to play. While Akers could be a bigger part of the offense in the playoffs, he shouldn't take too much work from Michel in his first game back from a severe injury, whether that happens Week 17, Week 18 or at some point during the postseason.
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  • Rams' Sony Michel: Rams-Seahawks moved to Tuesday

    Michel and the Rams will no longer play the Seahawks on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET. Due to ongoing COVID-19-related concerns within the Rams organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, Los Angeles will be able to restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth issues on the roster. Michel has picked up 20-plus touches in both of the Rams' past two games, as top back Darrell Henderson was available only in an emergency Week 13 with a thigh injury before sitting out Week 14 after testing positive for the virus. Henderson remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Friday, but the two-day delay could provide enough time for him to clear the necessary protocols ahead of Tuesday's kickoff. Michel's fantasy outlook for Week 15 will ultimately be determined by Henderson's availability (or lack thereof).
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  • Rams' Sony Michel: Leads team on ground

    Michel rushed 20 times for 79 yards in Monday night's 30-23 win over the Cardinals. Michel started his second straight game in place of banged-up teammate Darrell Henderson, who was placed on the COVID-19 list over the weekend and had been dealing with a thigh injury. As was the case in Week 13, when he rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown, Michel again relished working with Los Angeles' first-team offense. He rushed nine times for 51 yards in the first half, and although his pace slowed after halftime, his physicality helped the Rams clinch a big victory. Even if Henderson returns in Week 15 versus the Seahawks, Michel's recent play would figure to keep him in the mix for carries, and he'd again be expected to carry a large workload if Henderson is unavailable.
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  • Rams' Sony Michel: Set to start Monday

    Michel is expected to serve as the Rams' lead back Monday against the Cardinals after Darrell Henderson (thigh) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday. Michel appears on track to get his second consecutive start after Henderson suited up but didn't play in last week's 37-7 win over the Jaguars due to a thigh injury. While filling in as the Rams' primary back, Michel carried 24 times for 121 times and a touchdown while reeling in three of his four targets for eight yards. A high-volume role should be in the offing for Michel again Monday, though he'll draw a tougher matchup against Arizona compared to his Week 13 opponent.
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  • Rams' Sony Michel: Effective in spot start

    Michel ran for 121 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries and caught three passes for eight yards on four targets in Sunday's 37-7 win over Jacksonville. Darrell Henderson (thigh) was active but available only in an emergency, leaving just Michel and undrafted rookie Mekhi Sargent (two carries for five yards) to suit up at running back for the Rams. The Jaguars unsurprisingly stood no chance in this game, and Michel was one of the main beneficiaries as he saw his usage spike upward against the vulnerable defense. That elevated usage was dependent on Henderson's absence, though, so if Henderson can play against Arizona in Week 14 then Michel will likely return to an abbreviated bench role.
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  • Rams' Sony Michel: Could be busy with Henderson iffy

    Michel may move into the lead backfield role with teammate Darrell Henderson (thigh) listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports. Henderson's injury isn't thought to be serious, but he was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday, which likely puts him on the wrong side of questionable ahead of a game in which the Rams are heavy favorites. There's also a scenario where Henderson is active and starts, but shares more of the workload with Michel than usual. When healthy, Henderson typically has handled a three-down role, with a large portion of Michel's snaps either coming in garbage time or when Henderson was banged up. That said, head coach Sean McVay made it clear he trusts Michel to lead the Rams' rushing attack and keep the team on schedule, even making a comparison to 2018 when C.J. Anderson stepped in for the more explosive Todd Gurley and helped the Rams reach a Super Bowl. The team doesn't expect Henderson to miss an extended period the way Gurley did that season, but it sounds like Michel could be busy for the next week or two.
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  • Rams' Sony Michel: Hardly plays against Packers

    Michel rushed three times for 14 yards and caught his only target for 11 yards during Sunday's 36-28 loss to Green Bay. He played just 12 of 52 offensive snaps. It was another quiet showing from Michel. He's accumulated just seven touches and three targets over the past two games while playing only 26 offensive snaps. As long as Darrell Henderson is healthy and receiving the bulk of work out of the backfield, there isn't a lot of opportunity left over for the former Patriot. It will probably take an injury to Henderson for Michel to make a fantasy impact the rest of the season.
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  • Rams' Sony Michel: Finds end zone in loss

    Michel rushed seven times for 20 yards and caught two of his three targets for six yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 28-16 loss to the Titans. With Darrell Henderson sustaining an ankle injury in the second quarter, Michel played a larger role Sunday and scored his second touchdown of the campaign. Henderson was able to return to the game, though, and he's likely to be the lead running back against San Francisco next Monday. Still, Michel is proving he's capable of contributing on the ground and through the air, and mixing him into the offense more often would be pragmatic given Henderson's injury history. However, Los Angeles head coach Sean McVay has typically gone with a single go-to rusher during his tenure. Even with that in mind, Michel remains an intriguing fantasy asset with huge upside if his role ever increased.
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  • Rams' Sony Michel: More involved in blowout win

    Michel rushed nine times for 42 yards and caught both his targets for 14 yards during Sunday's 38-22 win over Houston. With the Rams in cruise control for the majority of Sunday's game, Michel's played 20 of 67 offensive snaps and had one of his most productive fantasy games of the campaign. However, it's important to note Michel's uptick in playing time was likely more to do with game flow than anything else. The first-year Ram remains firmly behind No. 1 running back Darrell Henderson in the pecking order, and Michel is a tough start in the majority of fantasy settings as long as Henderson is healthy.
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  • Rams' Sony Michel: Active in Week 7

    Michel (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Lions, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. Michel was reportedly trending toward playing after finishing the week with a pair of limited practices, and his availability against a Lions defense allowing 132.2 rushing yards per contest is now official. However, as has been the case whenever top back Darrell Henderson has been healthy, Michel is expected to work in a complementary role Sunday. That role has afforded him an average of a modest 17.5 snaps the last two games.
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