Sony Michel has finally returned to practice. Michel has yet to be cleared for full duty and remains practicing on a limited basis. Patriots RB coach Ivan Fears said Michel hasn’t been “totally freed up for us to do everything with him.” Fears went on to praise what he has seen of Michel when he said that Michel has been “what we expected him to be.” Fears also said he expects Michel to “come back ready to go.”
As it stands Michel has a legitimate chance to suit up week one which is great news for his fantasy outlook. Head coach Bill Belichick doesn’t have a history of babying his players if they’re active. If Michel is indeed rolled out there week one, look for the Patriots to utilize him like they would normally. Look for Michel to receive a split of the backfield with fellow running back Rex Burkhead. Michel has an ADP of 71 but we are a little more concerned about the risk surround his knee issues, so we have him ranked 80 overall. This news certainly helps Michel’s fantasy outlook and will likely provide his stock with a little boost, but it also throws a wrench into the always tough Patriots backfield. Michel might be worth buy low consideration and is worth a steal in the eighth round.