Christine Michael Fantasy Forecast
This Texas A&M alum was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Many were surprised he was drafted so high, since Seattle already had two good backs in Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. While in college, Christine Michael put up great numbers and showed playmaking ability. However, he was setback in 2010 with a broken tibia and again in 2011 with a torn ACL. Apparently, in 2012 he couldn’t get along with the coaching staff, resulting in reduced playing time. The off-the-field issues continued into the 2013 NFL draft process. Apparently, he overslept and missed two meetings with teams. Michael claims this was due to him being sick at the time and taking some cold medicine. Needless to say there are some character concerns and injury question marks circling this guy, but he has the talent for the NFL. Here is how I see Christine Michael affecting your fantasy football teams going forward…
REDRAFT: Every year there are always a handful of rookie running backs that emerge as viable fantasy options and typically it isn’t the highest guys drafted in the draft class. Guys like Steve Slaton, LeGarrette Blount and Alfred Morris all had phenomenal fantasy seasons in their rookie years, with most people having no idea it was coming. Christine Michael is in an interesting situation. He is competing with Robert Turbin for the RB2 spot. Unlike some second or third string backs, Michael has the ability to be an RB1. For him to be productive this season, Marshawn Lynch would need to miss games. Unless your league(s) rosters are VERY deep, I don’t feel he’s worthy of drafting in redraft leagues. With little risk involved, you can take a flyer on him near the end of the draft if you want, but otherwise he’s a name to watch on the waivers as the season unfolds.
DYNASTY: Christine Michael is a fantastic player to target. Even if he ends up not doing a whole lot in his rookie season, the future is bright for Michael due to his talent and situation. Marshawn Lynch will be under contract through the 2015 season, but he does have a pending legal situation that has been delayed until near the end of the 2013 season. Depending on the outcome, Lynch’s playing time and status with the Seahawks could be affected. Second year player Robert Turbin proved in his rookie year that he can hang in the NFL. Turbin does seem to get nicked up a lot, which could result in a few missed games. If anything does in fact happen to either Lynch or Turbin, Christine Michael should be able to step right in as the starter. You also have to be a little bit of a gambler to get him, due to his injury history and potential character concerns. He can probably be had for a cheap price right now and if you’re a believer in his talent, now is the time to acquire him.
See where Gridiron Experts has Christine Michael projected for 2013 in our Running Back rankings