Michel mustered 57 rushing yards on 20 attempts during Sunday's 34-33 loss to the Dolphins.
Facing a normally porous rush defense in Miami (30th-ranked with 144.7 yards allowed per game entering Sunday), Michel was primed for RB2 production in what figured to be a high-volume workload with New England very probably carrying a second-half lead. Game flow certainly did not unfold as anticipated however, and Michel's rushing efficiency deteriorated as the game wore on, with seven of his final eight runs going for three yards or fewer (had seven such plays on his first 12 carries of the afternoon). Michel investors are typically in for a long day when the rookie back can't find any room behind the offensive line, because he offers virtually no added value as a receiver. On top of his stagnant 2.85 YPC average, he commanded zero targets for the third time this year (11 total targets in 10 appearances). Week 15 brings a substantially more intimidating matchup, as Michel will be opposing a Steelers top 10 rush defense that most recently held Oakland's backfield to 56 rushing yards on 24 attempts Sunday.
Michel carried 17 times for 63 yards and caught one pass for another seven yards during Sunday's 24-10 win over the Vikings.
Michel received his second-highest number of carries since Week 6, but he averaged just 3.7 yards per carry against a tough Minnesota front. He was an afterthought once again in the passing game, watching as James White hauled in seven passes for 92 yards. Given the multitude of skill players on the roster and his lack of big plays this season, Michel is particularly reliant on red zone usage for fantasy production. He'll hope to do more with his touches next Sunday against the Dolphins.
Michel (knee) rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries while catching both of his targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Jets.
Michel gave his team a 27-13 lead with 8:54 remaining courtesy of a one-yard touchdown. He left the field for a while due to injury, but battled through it en route to a career-high rushing total. Given the immense workload the rookie running back was able to handle in this one, Michel's injury issues are unlikely to hold him back against the Vikings in Week 13.
Michel (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Now that Michel is further removed from the knee issue that caused him to miss the team's Week 8 and Week 9 contests, the 2018 first-rounder is a bounce-back candidate against the 3-7 Jets, a matchup that could well afford the Patriots' lead back a favorable game flow.
Michel (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets after practicing in a limited fashion all week, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.
Michel is one of five players listed as questionable by the Patriots this week, but with no reported setbacks in his return to action in Week 10 against the Titans, we'd expected him to be a go Sunday, bolstered by added healing time afforded by the team's Week 11 bye. Now that he's further removed from his latest knee issue, the 2018 first-rounder is a bounce-back candidate this weekend, as he squares off against the 3-7 Jets, a playing context that could well lead to a game flow that favors Michel on Sunday.
|14||12/9/18||@ MIA||Lost 33-34|
|15||12/16/18||@ PIT||4:25 pm|
|2018||New England Patriots||9||6||144||649||4.5||34||5||4||40|
|2018||New England Patriots||9||6||7||50||7.1||13||0||0||0||3|
|2018||New England Patriots||9||3||66||22.0||26||0||0|
|2018||New England Patriots||9||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2018||New England Patriots||9||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|