Sony Michel
Sony Michel
24-Year-Old Running BackRB
New England Patriots
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It took the rookie a few games to get going, but Michel's 112-yard performance against the Dolphins in Week 4 announced that Bill Belichick intended to make him a key part of the Pats' attack. The running back was especially impressive in postseason, averaging more than 100 rushing yards a game and finding the end zone six times in three games. Running behind a stout offensive line, Michel found a lot of holes, taking the yards he was given while flashing a strong burst that ranked him 11th in the league in quickest average time to the line of scrimmage. He lacks elite speed, however, and despite a reputation in college as a tough runner to bring down, he broke only 23 tackles last year, 44th in the league. Combined with a lack of opportunity to make a big contribution in the passing game due to James White's presence, there seems to be a cap on Michel's upside in New England. He should split touches once again with White, and the Patriots also have Rex Burkhead and third-round pick Damien Harris competing for snaps. Michel's role primarily on early downs makes it tough to project a full breakout, despite the headlines he generated in the playoffs. A knee scope in the spring creates added cause for concern, with Michel missing a good chunk of offseason workouts and the first few days of training camp. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $9.63 million contract with the Patriots in July of 2018.
Disappearing act against Chiefs
RBNew England Patriots
December 8, 2019
Michel carried the ball five times for eight yards and caught his only target for one yard in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Chiefs.
ANALYSIS
The second-year running back had his worst performance of the season, and Michel's struggles opened the door for Rex Burkhead and even Brandon Bolden to cut into his workload while James White became the team's de facto No. 1 RB. Michel hasn't found the end zone since Week 8 and hasn't topped 100 scrimmage yards since Week 6, making him a very risky fantasy option in Week 15, even against the Bengals' vulnerable run defense.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Sony Michel's 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
3.7%
 
Positive Run %
74.6%
 
% Yds After Contact
62.2%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.1
 
Rushing TD %
3.2%
 
Touches Per Game
15.3
 
% Snaps w/Touch
58.7%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-1.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.05
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.4%
 
% Team Targets
3.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-1.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
62.5%
 
Drop Rate
18.8%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
10.0
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Bengals pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Sunday, Dec 15th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
79.1
 
Cornerbacks
82.5
 
Safeties
61.4
 
Linebackers
88.3
 
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2019 Sony Michel Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Sony Michel's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
215 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.54 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.21 sec
 
Bench Press
22 reps
 
Hand Length
9.13 in
 
Arm Length
31.25 in
 
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
The 31st overall pick in this year's draft, Michel is a tough player to categorize. His size and role at Georgia alongside Nick Chubb encouraged some Alvin Kamara comparisons, but Michel is a different kind of runner, preferring to use his burst and low center of gravity to break tackles rather than avoiding contact. He does have some elusiveness, and his 4.54 40-yard dash time at the Combine is more than adequate, but his north-south style and inconsistent usage in the passing game at Georgia mark him as more of an early down and short-yardage option than a true three-down back. That skill set would make him an exciting complement to James White in a more conventional, less-crowded NFL backfield, but with Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee and Jeremy Hill also in the mix, Michel will need to make a good impression in training camp to earn significant snaps right away. An August injury certainly won't help in that regard, though the Patriots are optimistic Michel will recover from a minor procedure to drain fluid in his knee in time for Week 1.
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Just 10 carries on SNF
RBNew England Patriots
December 1, 2019
Michel rushed 10 times for 45 yards in Sunday's 28-22 loss to Houston.
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Leading rusher in win
RBNew England Patriots
November 24, 2019
Michel carried the ball 20 times for 85 yards in Sunday's 13-9 win over the Cowboys.
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Low volume again in win
RBNew England Patriots
November 17, 2019
Michel carried the ball 10 times for 33 yards and caught two of four targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Eagles.
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Limited to five touches Sunday
RBNew England Patriots
November 3, 2019
Michel had four carries for 18 yards and caught one pass for 12 yards in Sunday's 37-20 loss to the Ravens.
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Modest numbers in win
RBNew England Patriots
October 27, 2019
Michel carried the ball 21 times for 74 yards in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Browns.
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