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Christine Michael | Running Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 221
College: Texas A&M
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Christine Michael rushed once for six yards in Dallas' Week 5 loss to the Patriots.
Michael wasn't targeted in the passing game. The one-touch day came as Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden combined for 33. Perhaps the Cowboys will look for ways to get Michael more involved during their Week 6 bye, but he remains little more than a lottery ticket in 12-14 team leagues. Oct 11 - 8:00 PM

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ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Cowboys are not planning to sign another running back despite losing Lance Dunbar (knee) for the season.

It means Christine Michael is locked in as Jason Garrett's No. 3 running back, and will be getting touches on Sundays. Long a favorite of the fantasy community, Michael has notched just 54 touches in 2.5 seasons. He's a freak athlete, but hasn't shown much feel for the game. Nevertheless, his upside remains tangible. There are worse players to use your final roster spot on in 12-team leagues.
Oct 6 - 7:19 PM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones expects Christine Michael to "step up" and play a role in Lance Dunbar's (knee) absence.

Jones also said the team will look at the free agent market, but it's a safe bet that Michael will be the Cowboys' No. 3 running back for Week 5. He's still a long ways from re-draft value, but a player of his talent is deserving of an end-of-bench spot if you're hurting for running back help. Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden aren't running away with anything at the top of the Cowboys' depth chart.
Oct 5 - 1:42 PM

Christine Michael is active for Week 4 against the Saints.

Michael saw some first-team practice reps this week and will make his Cowboys debut. There's been reports he could have a short-yardage role. Dallas should continue to go run-heavy with Brandon Weeden starting. The Cowboys inactives are QB Matt Cassel, OL La'el Collins, WR Dez Bryant, DE Randy Gregory, WR Lucky Whitehead, DE Ryan Russell and TE Geoff Swaim.
Oct 4 - 7:19 PM

Christine Michael was mixed in with the Cowboys' first-team offense at practice this week.

Coach Jason Garrett hinted earlier in the week that Michael could be active against the Saints. Although Joseph Randle turned in a monster box score in Week 3 -- scoring three touchdowns -- he got almost all of his yardage on his first three carries against the Falcons, and Dallas managed -4 rushing yards in the second half of the loss. Michael adds a power element that Randle lacks. Michael is worth stashing in 12- and 14-team leagues.
Oct 2 - 4:24 PM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said RB Christine Michael is "in the mix" to be active against New Orleans.

Michael reportedly saw more reps than usual in practice on Wednesday. It is an odd time to bump up Michael's usage considering how well Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar played last week, but the Cowboys likely want to get something out of their investment. Michael still likely needs an injury to someone ahead of him to have any fantasy value.
Oct 1 - 12:55 PM

Cowboys RB Christine Michael will likely be inactive against the Falcons in Week 3.

This will be his third healthy scratch in a row. For now, the Cowboys are comfortable using only three backs. Michael still boasts plenty of theoretical upside, but it doesn't look like he's going to get a chance to tap into it any time soon.
Sep 24 - 1:18 PM

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said RB Christine Michael will not play this week.

Michael said he is "ready to go" after working with the scout team this week. Jones said Michael "will get his chance," but it sounds like he will need an injury to Joseph Randle or Darren McFadden to climb the depth chart. Michael is still a hold in deeper fantasy leagues, but he does not have a clear path to playing time.
Sep 19 - 1:49 PM

Christine Michael is inactive for Sunday night's Week 1 game against the Giants.

Michael was a longshot to be active after getting traded last week. Joseph Randle is expected to start in a committee with Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar. The rest of the Cowboys inactives are OG La'el Collins, DT Davon Coleman, OT Jordan Mills, TE Geoff Swaim, NT Ken Bishop, and DE Ryan Russell.
Sep 13 - 7:11 PM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones said Monday that Christine Michael is a "long shot" to be active for Week 1 against the Giants.

Coach Jason Garrett also threw cold water on the notion of Michael being thrust into any sort of significant role. "We just wanted to make our team better by adding a guy like that and getting him into our structure and trying to teach him how we want to play and see if he can help our team," said Garrett. Michael is the current No. 4 behind Joe Randle, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar.
Sep 7 - 3:14 PM

The Dallas Morning News speculates Christine Michael could be used in short-yardage situations.

Darren McFadden is 210 pounds while Joseph Randle is barely over 200. At 5'10, 221, Michael has the measurables to be useful in short-yardage situations, but he only has two career carries on third or fourth and short. Both were conversions, but like Michael's overall game, his short-yardage prowess is nothing but a projection.
Sep 7 - 6:13 AM

According to ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer, the Cowboys' trade for Christian Michael is "more about insurance and depth."

For good reason, the Cowboys don't have much faith in underwear/cologne bandit Joseph Randle or oft-injured Darren McFadden. They want depth in the backfield, and Michael has a lot of talent even if deficiencies elsewhere in his game have limited C-Mike's playing time dating back to Texas A&M. Archer writes Michael is unlikely to become "the guy" at running back. "The Cowboys have planned to go with a committee, perhaps headed by Randle and split up with McFadden and (Lance) Dunbar," Archer wrote. "Now they can add Michael to the list."
Source: ESPN Dallas
Sep 6 - 3:04 PM

Cowboys acquired RB Christine Michael from the Seahawks for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2016.

It's a smart flier for the RB-needy Cowboys, and the best-case scenario for the uber-talented Michael after he languished behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin the past two seasons. Michael has obviously been overvalued in fantasy circles, but his raw physical ability still jumps off the page. He'll be put in position to succeed by shrewd OC Scott Linehan behind Dallas' league-best offensive line. There's a chance Michael ends up just as buried in Dallas as he was in Seattle, but he's very much worth a flier behind Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Darren McFadden. There are carries there for the taking in Big D.
Sep 6 - 12:42 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported the Seahawks are shopping RB Christine Michael.

With Fred Jackson now in the fold and promising rookie Thomas Rawls behind him on the depth chart, Michael is likely viewed as expendable. Inconsistency has always been Michael's modus operandi, and he reportedly was struggling with the same issues in training camp this year. Michael has a ton of natural ability, however, and would be an excellent pickup for a backfield lacking top-end talent. Dallas would be an interesting option.
Sep 4 - 10:02 PM

Christine Michael rushed eight times for 39 yards in Thursday's preseason finale.

With Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin (ankle) sitting, Michael got the start, taking a handoff from Russell Wilson on the first play of the game. He ran well ahead of UDFA Thomas Rawls, and is clearly locked in as Seattle's No. 3 runner. The talented but inconsistent third-year back closes the book on the exhibition season with 32 carries for 118 yards (3.68 YPC). With Turbin highly questionable for the opener, Michael could get a golden opportunity to make an impression as Lynch's backup.
Sep 4 - 12:36 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Brandon Weeden
2Matt Cassel
3Kellen Moore
4Tony Romo
RB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3Christine Michael
GLB1Joseph Randle
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Darren McFadden
2Joseph Randle
FB1Tyler Clutts
WR11Terrance Williams
2Devin Street
3Dez Bryant
WR21Cole Beasley
2Lucky Whitehead
3Brice Butler
4Vince Mayle
WR31Devin Street
TE1Jason Witten
2James Hanna
3Gavin Escobar
4Geoff Swaim
LT1Tyron Smith
2Charles Brown
LG1Ronald Leary
2La'El Collins
C1Travis Frederick
2Mackenzy Bernadeau
RG1Zack Martin
RT1Doug Free
K1Dan Bailey