Sony Michel

Sony Michel

26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Los Angeles Rams
2021 Fantasy Outlook
While injuries played a big part in Michel's poor 2020, the bigger issue was the emergence of Damien Harris. At his best, Michel is a tough runner who offers little in the passing game but can help keep the chains moving and get the job done at the goal line, though the goal line was Cam Newton's domain in New England last year. For 2021, the Patriots decided to move forward without Michel, trading him to the Rams in late August for conditional fifth- and sixth-round picks. A 2018 first-round pick himself, Michel obviously hasn't lived up to the billing but does now have a nice opportunity ahead in the unsettled Los Angeles backfield. Darrell Henderson still figures to enter Week 1 in the lead role, but his medical history is cause for concern, while the Rams' other running backs all have little-to-no NFL experience. As such, Michel could find himself in a lead role at some point this season, playing in what should be at least an above-average offense. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $9.63 million contract with the Patriots in July of 2018. Patriots declined $4.52 million team option for 2022 in May of 2021. Traded to the Rams in August of 2021.
Handles just two carries in win
RBLos Angeles Rams
October 25, 2021
Michel rushed twice for four yards during Sunday's 28-19 win over Detroit. He also played only eight of 65 offensive snaps.
ANALYSIS
This wasn't the right game script to translate into fantasy success for Michel. The Rams trailed for prolonged stretches, and head coach Sean McVay has almost always tended to lean on a primary running back during his tenure with the franchise. Additionally, Michel wasn't a full participant in practice during the week because of a shoulder injury, so there's a chance that also was a factor in his limited playing time. All said, Michel remains a risky start in the majority of fantasy settings as long as No. 1 running back Darrell Henderson is healthy.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Sony Michel's 2021 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.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
12.5%
 
Positive Run %
82.1%
 
% Yds After Contact
43.5%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.6
 
Rushing TD %
1.8%
 
Touches Per Game
8.6
 
% Snaps w/Touch
52.6%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.02
 
% Team Air Yards
0.1%
 
% Team Targets
2.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
80.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.5
 
% Targeted On Route
4.6%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.18
 
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Overall QB Rating Against
84.7
 
Cornerbacks
96.4
 
Safeties
90.3
 
Linebackers
69.0
 
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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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Michel couldn't build on a promising rookie campaign last season, and his overall lackluster performance leaves his future role in the Patriots offense somewhat murky. While he had his moments, including a three-touchdown game against the Jets in Week 7, he failed to record a single 100-yard game all season, and he once again showed little ability to get past the first defender he encountered. Michel finished 29th in broken-tackle rate and 45th in average yards after contact (1.6), after ranking 33rd and 26th, respectively, as a rookie. With all but one of his rushing TDs coming from inside the 5-yard line, he was the very definition of a system running back, essentially producing only what his scheme and offensive line could create for him. The New England offense is now without Tom Brady for the first time in two decades, and there's no telling how much the running game will need to be emphasized in response, with either Cam Newton or Jarrett Stidham starting at quarterback. Even if he sees increased volume, Michel's lack of usage as a receiver and lack of explosiveness as a runner would seem to put a firm ceiling on his value, and there's also the threat of losing carries to 2019 third-round pick Damien Harris or even veteran Rex Burkhead.
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.
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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Active in Week 7
RBLos Angeles Rams
October 24, 2021
Michel (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Lions, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
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Questionable, but should play
RBLos Angeles Rams
Shoulder
October 22, 2021
Michel (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions, but Rams head coach Sean McVay expects the running back to play, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
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Improves to limited practice
RBLos Angeles Rams
Shoulder
October 21, 2021
Michel (shoulder) was limited at Thursday's practice.
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Missing practice to begin week
RBLos Angeles Rams
Shoulder
October 20, 2021
Michel (shoulder) won't participate in Wednesday's practice, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
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Efficient in win over Giants
RBLos Angeles Rams
Shoulder
October 18, 2021
Michel (shoulder) rushed nine times for 42 yards during Sunday's 38-11 win over New York.
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