Sony Michel Fantasy Value Plummets Following Slow Start to the Season

Max Staley
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After posting one of the most prolific playoff runs we've seen from a running back in quite some time, many fantasy analysts had Sony Michel pegged for a breakout season.

Even though the New England Patriots are the second-highest scoring offense in the NFL (38.0 points per game), Michel has gotten off to an alarmingly slow start.

Through two games, Michel has yet to force a single missed tackle on his 36 rush attempts. He's also seemingly going down when he's first touched, as he's only averaged 1.69 yards after contact this season, which is the third-worst mark in the NFL.

It's a pretty significant downgrade from what Michel's yards after contact numbers were last season.

Additionally, there was a lot of buzz about an increase in Michel's usage in the passing game during the offseason. Through two games, it doesn't seem like that's the case, as he hasn't received a single target. James White, meanwhile, has seen 11 targets, catching eight thus far.

Rex Burkhead's usage is also a bit worrisome for Michel owners, as he's seen 20 touches through two games.

Of course, Michel is still playing on what projects to be one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL, so fantasy owners shouldn't panic and cut or trade him while his value is likely at its lowest. New England's offensive line has gotten banged up, so his production could turn around once the team finds a bit more consistency there.

If you're a Michel owner, the early returns are certainly concerning, but you'd be wise to hold on to him, as his best days are likely still ahead of him.


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