Being caught in the Patriots RB carousel, in what seems like a permanent timeshare, will never be able to reveal a player’s true fantasy upside.
Michel’s injury-plagued career is also a huge reason why the Patriots have decided to move on to other RBs.
Now that New England’s RB depth chart was too much to carry on a single roster, Michel was the odd man out.
Michel was reportedly having the best training camp of his career (finally available as well), and looked good this preseason. He played relatively well once he was over his injuries at the end of last season.
The Rams basically gave up a 4th round pick to the Patriots, conditionally. That doesn’t scream depth to me.
Malcolm Brown was playing ahead of Darrell Henderson in many situations last season, and Michel is an upgrade over Brown. Henderson’s value takes a hit here, as this can easily turn into a messy timeshare.
You should be able to get Michel in the later rounds of drafts for now until his ADP bubbles up, and I would take that shot – because there is upside of him becoming the 1A in this backfield.
There’s also upside of Michel becoming the primary pass-catcher over Henderson. Unfortunately, that aspect of Michel’s game was never deployed in New England until they wanted to showcase him for trade this Preseason.
Michel’s health is always a question, but spending a late round pick has that risk built in. If a RB has the potential to be involved on all three downs on the Rams offense, it’s worth taking that shot, and Michel has that skill set when healthy.
Can Henderson continue to be the 1A? Of course, but I’ll have to spend a relatively early pick to find out. But I don’t believe we’ll see a bell cow type of role for Henderson at this point.