I traded for White just before the Burkhead news and when it broke that Burkhead was going to the IR my first reaction was James White is a league winner. I was shocked to see so many people fawning over Michel and not mentioning White at all… I’d much rather have White in any kind of PPR format and it isn’t even remotely close (it’s 2018, stop playing standard)…
- White will get the goal line carries in any type of meaningful situation.
- Michel will straight up split carries with White if the Pats aren’t absolutely dominating.
- Michel isn’t a good pass catcher and was entirely phased out of the passing game this past week after several brutal drops in his first few games. Meaning White will absorb most if not all of the RB targets FROM TOM BRADY.
- Brady has been openly complaining to the media (and I’m assuming the coaches as well) about the lack of snaps for White for the previous 2 weeks and gushing over how valuable White is to the offense, especially in the redzone.
I’m not saying Michel won’t develop into a better all around back over time or that he has no fantasy value… I’d probably prefer Michel over Collins right now… and as a Pats fan I’m extremely optimistic about Michel’s future with the team… But for the time being, as long as James White is healthy and active, Michel’s fantasy upside is capped at being Marshawn Lynch Lite with half the TD upside.
Change my mind.