Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Date of Birth:  02/17/1995
Age:  23
Height  5'11"
Weight:   216
College:  Georgia
Drafted:  2018 | Round 1 | Pick 31
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 7.

If there was a probable designation, Michel would almost certainly be listed as that. Check back in on Sunday morning for the rookie running back's status, but it would be a major surprise if Michel is inactive against the Bears.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

S0ny Michel (knee) was limited in today's practice.

The rookie running back continues to be limited, but he's not showing any affects during games. We'll update you if anything changes, but expect Michel to be out there on Sunday against the Bears. The Georgia product has 316 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns in the last three weeks, so he's obviously an excellent option in fantasy lineups.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel goes for 100 yards, two scores in win over the Chiefs.

Michael rushed 24 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns, both of which came in the first half from inside the five-yard line. New England’s first-round pick has gone over 98+ rushing yards in each of the past three games with four touchdowns over that span, and he should be treated as a weekly RB1 in all formats if he wasn’t already. The only thing that could derail Michel at this point is health, but he does get a difficult matchup against the Bears next Sunday. 

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel (knee) is officially active against the Chiefs.

Some reports said Michel would be a game-time call, but there was never much concern about the rookie running back's status. You can safely insert Michel into fantasy lineups as a strong RB1 option in a gem where a lot of points might be scored.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday night.

Michel was limited in practice all week, but he's expected to be ready to go for a big matchup against the Chiefs. Be sure to check back in on Sunday night, but you should be able to safely insert the rookie running back into Week 6 fantasy lineups as a great RB1/RB2 option.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel (knee) remains limited in practice.

There's not much doubt about Michel's Week 6 status, but we'll see how he's listed on the official injury report for the game when it's released tomorrow.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

It's only Wednesday, and limited practices to start the week could become routine for the rookie running back. He's already shown he can play without a full practice participation during the week, and there aren't any concerns about his status for Sunday night against the Chiefs.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel totals 110 yards, one score in win over the Colts.

Michel rushed 18 times for 98 yards and a touchdown, which came from 34 yards away in the fourth quarter. He also caught a 12-yard pass. Despite James White (12 touches for 77 yards and a score) putting up numbers again, it's clear that Michel is the clear lead back for New England, particularly as a runner, and he deserves every-week RB1/RB2 consideration. Against the poor-tackling Chiefs next Sunday night, Michel will likely be ranked as a top-eight option in standard leagues.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel operates as workhorse in 38-7 win over the Dolphins.

Michel rushed 25 times for 112 yards and a score; he wasn't a factor in the passing game. New England clearly has big things in store for their first-round pick, and it looks like they want to create a balanced offense more so than in recent years. Michel is unlikely to be a high-volume pass-catcher this season, but he's trending towards legitimate RB1 status in standard leagues as the lead back of an offense that's only going to get better. Get the rookie in lineups this Thursday night against the Colts.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel operates as clear lead back in Week 3 loss.

Michael rushed 14 times for 50 yards against the Lions, also catching a pass for negative-one yards. The Patriots were clearly committed to feeding their first-round pick, but he was bottled up all night, and it’s fair to wonder if the offense would have had more success trying to pass the ball on early downs. Also, Michel largely struggled in the passing game on back-to-back plays that caused a glare and a slight head shake from Tom Brady. Knowing how often New England switches their game plan, fantasy owners probably shouldn’t get too comfortable with the Georgia product working as the lead back, but he definitely has a ton of upside if that remains the case. Now might be the time to skeptically buy low, especially with Rex Burkhead (neck) dealing with another injury.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel gets 11 touches in NFL debut.

After missing nearly all summer and the first week of the season with a knee issue, the first-round rookie running back from Georgia immediately had a sizable role in the Patriots backfield, working as the lead ball-carrier in a big matchup with the Jaguars. Michel carried ten times for 34 yards and added one reception for seven yards in the loss. Rex Burkhead started the game, but Michel received most of the carries throughout the game and seems to be the preferred early-down runner for the Patriots. Perhaps New England thought Michel had a better opportunity to pop a long run against a stingy defense, but Michel owner should be excited about this first game. Michel has 15-20 touch potential in a great offense moving forward, so be sure to pick him up if he's somehow available in your league. We'll see how much work he gets in Week 3 versus Detroit.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel (knee) is officially active for Week 2.

The explosive first-round rookie running back will make his NFL debut in a big matchup in Jacksonville versus the Jaguars. Michel is difficult to trust in fantasy lineups in his first NFL action, but it’ll be fun to watch him hit the field.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel (knee) is expected to make his NFL debut today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Michel missed most of the summer after a procedure on his knee in early August, and he missed Week 1's win against the Texans. The first-round rookie running back has been limited in practice since the start of the regular season, but the Patriots feel good enough about him that they're apparently making him active for a big Week 2 matchup against the Jaguars. Michel is difficult to trust in his first game after missing so much time, but he has a lot of season-long upside and is a strong roster hold.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Week 2.

Michel again was limited in practice all week, which indicates his chances aren't great of playing this Sunday against the Jags. However, Rex Burkhead remains in concussion protocol, which might mean Michel is pressed into a role. Michel's status will be official by around 3:00 PM ET on Sunday.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel (knee) remains limited in practice.

Limited practices might not be enough for the rookie running back to make his NFL debut, but we'll see how he's listed on the official injury report for the game tomorrow. If teammate Rex Burkhead isn't cleared from concussion protocol, it might make Michel a necessary active on Sunday regardless if he becomes a full practice participant, though.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel (knee) was a limited participant in practice today.

Michel's status for Week 2 against the Jaguars is still up in the air, but if he makes his NFL debut, the rookie might be the team's main between-the-tackles runner with Rex Burkhead dealing with a concussion. If Michel is available, he should be picked up in all leagues as an upside bench stash.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel (hamstring) is inactive for the season opener.

The rookie running back was limited in practice all week after missing most of the summer, so this was fully expected. Rex Burkhead, James White, and Jeremy Hill will carry the load at running back for New England versus Houston. Michel is probably going to need to work his way into a full practice participant before the Patriots activate him on gameday.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel (knee) is officially questionable for Week 1.

Michel was a limited participant again in today's practice, making it three official limited participations for him this week. That makes it unlikely for him to play on Sunday against the Texans, as he was already behind after missing a few weeks during the summer. We'll see what happens on Sunday morning when actives and inactives are released, but expect Michel to be out for Week 1.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel (hamstring) remains limited in practice.

Perhaps the rookie running back can notch a full participation tomorrow, but there’s a chance he’s simply ruled out ahead of the weekend if he remains limited. We’ll update you on Michel’s game status tomorrow.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel (knee) was limited in practice.

It's the first official practice of the week, so being limited isn't the worst thing in the world. Bill Belihcik admitted the rookie running back has some catching up to do, but that he's doing a good job at it. It's still early, but we would lean towards Michel not playing in Week 1, especially if he isn't able to get in a full practice by Friday.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel (knee) returned to Patriots practice, according to multiple reports.

Michel is likely practicing on a limited basis, but it's still a good sign that he's back on the practice field for the first time since August 1. The first-round running back now has just under a couple of weeks to get back in the swing of things for Week 1 against the Texans. Michel's ADP has dropped since the injury, as New England's running back situation remains a mystery—and there is not likely to be much clarity heading into the season. A couple of things that are certain is that Michel is a very talented player and plays in one of the league's best offenses.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

Sony Michel will miss at least ten days after a knee procedure.

This is according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, who says Michel had a procedure to drain his knee. The Patriots have a lot of options in the backfield, so the missed time might be difficult for the rookie to make up. However, New England obviously selected Michel in the first round because they really like him, so he certainly shouldn’t be counted out for a big role yet. Assuming Michel is able to get back as soon as expected, it’ll be interesting to see how the backfield rotation looks in the third (and potentially second) preseason game.

Sony Michel | Patriots RB

The Patriots have selected Georgia running back Sony Michel with the No. 31 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

While the Patriots have a stacked running back depth chart at the moment, there aren't better spots for Michel to land than in New England. Michel is the third running back off the board after Saquon Barkley (Giants) and Rashaad Penny (Seahawks). He is a versatile player that should contribute immediately for the Patriots, but his playing time might come down to how well he pass protects—if he doesn't keep Tom Brady upright, it's going to be difficult to remain on the field. It's possible Michel leads the New England backfield this season, in which case he would obviously have big-time fantasy upside. In dynasty leagues, Michel has huge long-term potential and is probably the best option outside of Barkley.

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