Sony Michel Fantasy Football Value Relies on Big Volume With Terrible 2019 Efficiency
By Zach Brunner
While it has been a hot start for the New England Patriots as a whole, lead running back Sony Michel has really struggled to begin the 2019 season. His fantasy owners have been left frustrated, as his fantasy football value has heavily relied on a big volume of touches, with his efficiency being very low through four games.
The second-year running back is known for his power running, but he has broken zero tackles through his first four games this season. Michel's efficiency has improved since recording more carries than yards in the Week 1 blowout win over the Steelers, but not by much.
he has carried the football 62 times this season, which has resulted in just 171 rushing yards (2.8 per carry) and two touchdowns. He has failed to run for a gain over 15 yards this season, but he has received 15-plus carries in three of his games four, which is saving his fantasy value.
With zero catches to go along with his zero broken tackles, Michel's fantasy value has relied entirely on his work on the ground, with touchdowns and raw volume keeping him afloat.
Sitting at just RB34 in standard scoring leagues, his value is at an all-time low and will likely not return much in trades. The Patriots' offense is looking like one of the best in the NFL this season, though, and that could leave him with enough volume and scoring to offer some value moving forward. That's especially true in Week 5, with FanDuel Sportsbook having the Pats as 15-point favorites, suggesting a run-heavy game is on the way. Michel is 28th at RB in our Week 5 fantasy football rankings.
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