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Sony Michel
LAR

RB LAR

#34 Running Back

122 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 11
Experience: 3 Yr(s)
Age: 26
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 214
40 Time: 4.54

Weekly Outlook

3d Projection

Low Floor

2.7

DS Projection

4.9

Consensus

38 other sites
6

High Ceiling

8.1

Rest of
Season

7.1

Week 7 Projections
Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
26.1 0.3 0.6 4.7 0 4.9
Weekly Writeup

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
38 0.4 1.3 9 0 7.1
Week 6
Michel rushed for 42 yards on 9 carries in the dismantling of the Giants. He was clearly 2nd fiddle to RB Darrell Henderson as he was out-touched 23-9, with most of Michel’s touches coming in the 2nd half with the game in complete Rams control.
Michel probably won’t provide much fantasy value unless Henderson misses time. Still, though, he would be a worthy handcuff to keep close by.
Week 3
Michel’s usage was encouraging vs. a tough Buccaneers run D. He operated as the clear lead back, seeing 20 of 21 carries. More encouraging for Michel was his usage in the pass game, running 22 routes on 39 Matthew Stafford dropbacks. This led to 4 targets for Michel — a mark he only hit once in 3 seasons in New England.
Heading into Week 4 the question hanging over our heads is “what happens when Darrell Henderson returns?”. Henderson is the more explosive player and will be the lead back, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea for Henderson owners to go get Michel in a trade. This week’s usage shows that if Henderson goes down, Michel will be a workhorse and could be a week winner in better matchups.
Week 2
Michel didn’t hit the field while Darrell Henderson was healthy in Week 2.

But after Henderson exited with a rib injury, Michel was the Rams’ clear lead back. He handled all 10 carries sans Henderson, churning out 46 yards. That included 6 carries for 36 yards on the game-winning FG drive. Michel did lose a 3rd-down snap to RB Jake Funk during that time, so that situation would be worth monitoring if Henderson misses time.

HC Sean McVay said Monday that Henderson has a chance to play through his rib cartilage injury in Week 3. These rib injuries tend to be pain management issues, so this might come down to a game-time decision. Stay tuned to Shark Bites for updates.

Unfortunately, a Week 3 matchup vs. the Bucs would leave Michel as no better than a low-end RB2 if Henderson is out.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

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Rams HC Sean McVay said Monday that RB Sony Michel is on track to play against the Bears this weekend -- although McVay stopped short of guaranteeing that Michel will suit up for that one. The former Patriots has been in Los Angeles for just a couple of weeks, so don't expect an extensive role in the opener. But Michel's presence adds downside for RB Darrell Henderson.

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Rams HC Sean McVay talked about his new-look backfield of Darrell Henderson and Sony Michel on Thursday. “Wanted to make sure that we got somebody else that’s played in big-time games," McVay said of Michel, per NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano. “The goal is to get him ready to go and have him a big-time contributor on the 12th (Week 1)." Of Henderson, McVay said, "Darrell’s still going to have a very big role. Doesn’t really change the outlook for him." We at least expect Henderson to open the season as Los Angeles' lead back. But it could be a fluid situation.

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Appearing on SiriusXM radio this morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter said Sony Michel will "probably be the lead back" in Los Angeles. It sounded like much more opinion than report -- but Schefter is obviously 1 of the most plugged-in reporters in the industry. Although he's struggled with injuries through 3 NFL seasons, it's worth remembering that Michel was the 31st overall pick of the 2018 draft. He's still only 26 years old. And he averaged 5.7 yards on 79 carries last year, ranking 26th among 76 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus' rushing grades. RB Darrell Henderson, by the way, finished 17th on that list. We'll be keeping a close eye on this backfield over the next couple of weeks. But, for now, both Henderson and Michel look like risk/reward RB3 targets in fantasy drafts.

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The Patriots traded RB Sony Michel to the Rams in exchange for a pair of late-round conditional picks, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The Rams always seemed likely to add to the backfield after losing Cam Akers for the season. Even if they believe in RB Darrell Henderson, the depth behind him wasn't NFL-caliber. Henderson still figures to get the 1st crack at lead duties in Los Angeles. But expect Michel to be involved, potentially serving as a short-yardage and goal-line back. Michel ripped off 5.7 yards per carry last year and has looked good this preseason. Rams RBs Xavier Jones and Jake Funk are obviously undraftable now. Meanwhile in New England, Damien Harris is now even safer as the clear lead ball-carrier -- although he'll continue to lose almost all the passing-down work to James White. Michel's departure also makes rookie Rhamondre Stevenson a more interesting late-round flier.

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The Athletic's Jeff Howe believes Sony Michel is currently the "1B" to Damien Harris' "1A" in the Patriots backfield. Howe writes that both guys have "had the best training camp of their careers, thanks to performance and availability." That's a pleasant surprise regarding Michel considering most have written him off. Harris remains the favorite to lead New England in carries this season -- but his fantasy stock would take a significant hit if Michel is heavily involved. It's a situation to monitor in preseason action.

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