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Sony Michel Fantasy Outlook Improves With Soft Matchup Against Bengals in Week 15

Max Staley
Sony Michel only rushed for eight yards on five carries in Week 14 against Chiefs.
Sony Michel only rushed for eight yards on five carries in Week 14 against Chiefs. / Adam Glanzman/Getty Images
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Sony Michel has been maddeningly inconsistent as a fantasy producer this season. However, a deeper look at the numbers reveals Michel's fantasy output is actually following a relatively predictable pattern.

In the New England Patriots' three losses, Michel has rarely seen the field, as he offers little in the passing game, averaging 6.3 carries and 23.7 rushing yards per contest while playing fewer than 25 percent of the snaps in each game.

He hasn't been particularly productive, but he's seeing a much higher workload in wins, averaging 17.0 per carries per game across 10 victories. And with a Week 15 matchup against the 1-12 Cincinnati Bengals on tap, Michel could be in for a solid outing in the fantasy football playoffs.

Sony Michel Fantasy Outlook in Week 15

New England is a 10.5-point favorite against Cincinnati, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. It's safe to assume the Patriots will find themselves in the lead come Sunday, and that could create a run-heavy approach for New England.

Facing one of the league's worst run defenses, a potentially heavy workload could mean big things for Michel's fantasy outlook. Cincinnati surrenders a league-high 156.7 rushing yards per game (no other team surrenders more than 142.0), and the Bengals allow top-eight fantasy production to opposing RBs.

Even though New England's offense hasn't been clicking lately, it looks like Michel could have a big game in the semifinals of the fantasy football playoffs.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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