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Sony Michel Fantasy Outlook Skyrockets Following Damien Harris Injury Update

Max Staley
Sony Michel's fantasy outlook improves with Damien Harris sidelined.
Sony Michel's fantasy outlook improves with Damien Harris sidelined. / Elsa/Getty Images
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Damien Harris had been tearing up New England Patriots training camp. There were even some reports that his play was putting Sony Michel's job in jeopardy. However, Harris suffered a hand injury late into camp and the team has elected to put him on the IR.

With Harris set to miss at least the first three games of the season, Michel suddenly becomes an attractive early-season target for fantasy football managers.

Sony Michel Fantasy Football Outlook

The biggest roadblock to Michel's success is, as usual, his own health. There are some reports indicating he could be on a strict snap count in Week 1. That makes him likely to exclusively play on rushing downs, as James White should handle most, if not all, of the receiving work. Rex Burkhead and White could spell Michel on rushing downs occasionally, though.

Still, the matchup is good enough to make up for those worries.

Facing the Miami Dolphins, who surrendered the seventh-most points to opposing RBs in 2019, Michel could be in for a nice workload. The Patriots are 6.5-point favorites, so the game script should be favorable to Michel.

His own injury issues do give him a low floor, but this is an otherwise favorable spot for Michel. We have him as the RB36 in PPR formats in Week 1.


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