Sony Michel Fantasy Football News 2020

The Patriots have activated RB Sony Michel off of injured reserve. He hasn’t appeared in a game since Week 3 due to a quad injury. Michel also spent time on the COVID-19 reserve list. In his absence, Damien Harris has tallied 3 games of 100+ rushing yards. Even if Michel is active for Week 11, he won’t warrant a start in fantasy leagues.

Patriots RB Sony Michel (quad) returned to practice on Thursday. He's eligible to play against the Jets on Monday night, although it's still unclear if he's ready. Michel's return would make it tough to trust rookie RB Damien Harris in fantasy lineups. Stay tuned.

5:10pm EDT 10/5/20

The Patriots have placed RB Sony Michel on IR with his quad injury. He's out for at least the next 3 games but is expected to return "relatively quickly" after that, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Still, Michel is not a must-hold on fantasy rosters. His absence gives Damien Harris -- and perhaps Rex Burkhead -- a shot to take over as New England's lead back.

The Patriots have downgraded RB Sony Michel (quad) to out for tonight's game against the Chiefs. That should leave Rex Burkhead, James White, J.J. Taylor and Damien Harris as the top 4 RBs. It's tough to know how New England will divvy up playing time, especially with Harris yet to play in a game this season. All are in play for various fantasy formats to close out Week 4, though. We'd play Burkhead first among the group for season-long leagues.

Patriots RB Sony Michel (quad) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Michel's media availability was reportedly canceled, which sometimes suggests the player is in danger of missing the upcoming game. We'll look for an update on Michel on Sunday morning. Patriots-Chiefs doesn't kick off until 4:25 pm ET.

ESPN's Mike Reiss expects the Patriots to "easy [Sony] Michel" back into the mix in Sunday's opener against the Dolphins. That's not a surprise considering Michel returned to practice just a couple of weeks ago after May foot surgery. RB Damien Harris' absence might make Michel a slightly better bet for carries vs. Miami, but James White, Rex Burkhead and potentially rookie J.J. Taylor will also be involved. Consider Michel a risk/reward RB3 for Week 1.

The Patriots have placed RB Damien Harris (pinky) on IR. That knocks him out for at least the first 3 games of the season. Harris should be ready to go after that, but we'll see what kind of role he returns to. The 2nd-year back had a strong camp, but Sony Michel now has an opportunity to reclaim his spot atop the depth chart.

Patriots RB Damien Harris had surgery on his pinky finger earlier this week, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. ESPN's Mike Reiss reports that Harris' status for Week 1 is now "in question." This all follows a buzzy summer that seemed to have the 2nd-year back in line for a big role out of the gate. We'll see when Harris is able to get back on the field and how New England plans to deploy him, Sony Michel, Lamar Miller, James White and Rex Burkhead. We'd still take a shot on Harris in the double-digit rounds of fantasy drafts.

Patriots RB Sony Michel was in uniform for Wednesday's practice and participating in individual drills. It's his 1st time on the field since May foot surgery. RB Damien Harris has impressed as both a runner and receiver in Michel's absence. We'll be curious to see where Michel sits in the pecking order now -- and, of course, how he fares returning from that foot issue.

ESPN's Mike Reiss writes that the Patriots' lead back role is Damien Harris' "job to lose." The 2nd-year back has taken full advantage of Sony Michel and Lamar Miller's absences in camp so far. "Harris' fresh legs and soft hands in the passing game (e.g., a one-handed catch Tuesday) have him in good position to be a primary option alongside Rex Burkhead," Reiss adds. Harris continues to rocket up our RB rankings. We also just boosted Burkhead, who is a nice late-round flier.

RB Damien Harris has been 1 of the buzziest players early in Patriots training camp. Harris "continues to stack good days together and might be New England’s best skill player through two days [of padded practices]," insider Evan Lazar writes. "Harris’s vision between the tackles to set up blocks and make cuts into space continues to garner praise from running backs coach Ivan Fears. Plus, he was heavily involved as a receiver in the first two days of pads." Harris is taking advantage of the absences of RBs Sony Michel and Lamar Miller and has a shot to open the season in a significant role.

Patriots RB Sony Michel is "no sure thing" for Week 1, a source tells The Athletic's Jeff Howe. Michel is recovering from May foot surgery. It's the 3rd consecutive offseason he's needed surgery, following knee procedures in 2018 and 2019. New England signed RB Lamar Miller earlier this week and returns 2nd-year RB Damien Harris, so Michel's job as lead ball-carrier isn't assured. He continues to sink in our RB rankings.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Lamar Miller has reached a 1-year deal with the Patriots. Miller tore his left ACL last August in a preseason game against Dallas but has said he's back to full health. As long as he passes New England's physical, it looks like the veteran will join Sony Michel, Damien Harris, James White and Rex Burkhead in a crowded backfield. The arrival complicates the outlook for everyone -- though White's role figures to be least affected. As usual, there's still a lot to sort out here: Michel's recovery from foot surgery, Harris' development after a near-silent rookie year, and whether Miller makes the final roster. Just make sure you don't over-invest in any Patriots RB as you draft.

Patriots RB Sony Michel (foot) has been placed on the active/PUP list to open training camp. He's still recovering from May foot surgery. He shed his walking boot in mid-July, but we still have no timetable for his return to the field. We'll see when he's able to get back out there -- and whether 2nd-year RB Damien Harris can take advantage of Michel's absence.

Patriots RB Sony Michel's status for the start of training camp "remains up in the air," according to The Athletic's Jeff Howe. Michel had foot surgery in May and has been rehabbing at the team's facilities for the past few weeks. He still stands as the favorite to lead the Pats in carries this season -- but any missed time would give RB Damien Harris an opportunity to earn a bigger role.

Patriots FB Danny Vitale and RT Marcus Cannon have chosen to opt out of the 2020 season. Vitale was signed in May to replace the retired James Develin. The Pats had a FB on the field for 26% of their snaps last year, so it's not an insignificant loss. But Cannon's absence is more notable. He started 15 games last season and ranked 33rd in Pro Football Focus' grades among 66 qualifying OTs. 2019 3rd-rounder Yodny Cajuste might be the favorite to replace Cannon. It's all bad news for Sony Michel and the rest of New England's RBs.

Patriots RB Sony Michel is out of his walking boot after undergoing foot surgery in May. He's been rehabbing at the team's facilities for the past "several weeks," according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. It's still unclear if Michel will be ready for the start of training camp, but he's at least moving in the right direction. His ADP has sunk to the 9th round in recent best-ball drafts.

Patriots RB Sony Michel had surgery on his foot in May, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. "The surgery was viewed as more maintenance-based to help relieve discomfort that Michel had been experiencing," Reiss adds. It sounds like a relatively minor procedure, but the timing might impact Michel's availability for the start of training camp. Any missed time would open the door for 2nd-year back Damien Harris to carve out a role.

11:12am EST 12/29/19

Patriots RB Sony Michel (illness) is active for today’s game against the Dolphins. He was added to the injury report on Saturday, but we’ve heard nothing about him being limited today. Michel boasts plenty of upside with the Pats big 17-point home favorites.

Patriots RB Sony Michel was added to the injury report on Saturday as questionable with an illness. We'll get his official game status by noon ET today. If active, Michel will be worth sticking with in an ideal matchup at home for the Dolphins' 25th-ranked RB defense.

 
 
 

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