The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly turned to Christine Michael to lead the backfield in their Week 7. He has been handling first-team reps in practice, and will get an opportunity to secure the starting spot. This is big shot in the dark for fantasy owners, but there’s no dismissing the power and glory of offensive line he will be running behind.
Though they only gave up a 2016 seventh round pick to acquire Michael, the move was a clear sign that Dallas has very little faith in their current stable of running backs including: Lance Dunbar, Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden. Despite the strength of the Dallas offensive line, none of these running backs have been able to make an impact or grab the coveted starting position.
Enter Christine Michael. Seattle gave him away for nothing. So can he reignite his career as a Dallas running back or is this a gimmick to keep Jerry Jones satisfied for another week or two? Fantasy owners have to at least roll the dice and see if anything comes of this.
Michael was the 62nd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and showcased his freakish athleticism at the combine. He recorded bla 43-inch vertical, 4.54 40-yard dash, and 10 foot 5 inch broad jump, as a 5 foot 10 inch, 220 pound powerful tailback.
The Cowboys will host the Oakland Raiders this week, and Michael should see upwards of 15 touches, including goal-line looks. His matchup this week warrants a TD-dependant RB2 status, and he has potential to become a high-end RB2 if he earns more volume moving forward.