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Christine Michael | Running Back | #32

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 221
College: Texas A&M
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (62) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Christine Michael rushed 18 times for 64 yards and two touchdowns in Seattle's Week 6 win over the Falcons, adding three catches for 19 additional yards.
C-Mike started out white hot, scoring a nine-yard touchdown in the first quarter where he seemed to have rocket boosters strapped to his legs. He made less of an impact after getting evaluated for a concussion late in the first half, but still converted a second-half bunny for a one-yard score. Michael is now up to five touchdowns in six games, and averaging 4.37 yards per carry. He has a tough Week 7 matchup in the Cardinals, putting him on the RB1/2 borderline. Oct 16 - 7:52 PM

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Christine Michael rushed 18 times for 58 yards and caught 5-of-6 targets for 32 yards and one touchdown in the Seahawks' Week 4 win over the Jets.

With Thomas Rawls (leg) and C.J. Prosise (hand) inactive again, C-Mike dominated the running back work for Seattle. Newcomer C.J. Spiller carried the ball just two times for 12 yards and caught 2-of-3 targets for five yards and one touchdown. Spiller handle one red-zone series, but the rest of the day was Michael, though he struggled to get much going on the ground. He did save his fantasy day with a short, six-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. Michael and the Seahawks go on their bye before hosting the Falcons in Week 6.
Oct 2 - 5:35 PM

Christine Michael rushed 20 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns and caught 2-of-3 targets for five yards in the Seahawks' Week 3 win over the 49ers.

Just as Pete Carroll described, Michael was shot out of a cannon early in this game with mammoth runs to give Seattle an insurmountable lead. He scored from 41 yards out on one of the first plays of the contest, and got in again before the first-quarter gun was shot. Although Michael has a knuckle-headed track record, he has always possessed elite athleticism and explosiveness, and it's finally beginning to come together in his fourth NFL season. So long as C-Mike keeps running like he has the past two weeks, he will remain Seattle's lead back even when Thomas Rawls (leg) heals up.
Sep 25 - 7:06 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday that he feels comfortable giving Christine Michael over 20 carries in Week 3 against San Francisco.

It's a strong endorsement after Michael dominated Week 2 against the Rams, only to lose the game-ending fumble. "He’s ready for a bigger load," Carroll said. "He’s had 20-something carries so far (this season). He’s ready to carry the ball 20-something times in a game. He could be fine with that." With Thomas Rawls (shin/leg) out of the way, Michael is set up for a potentially monster workload against a 49ers defense that gave up 16-100 to "Fozzy Whittaker" last week. Michael is a legitimate RB1 play for Week 3.
Sep 23 - 8:57 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was impressed by Christine Michael's play against the Rams in Week 2.

The Seahawks lost the game but Carroll liked what he saw from C-Mike, who ran for 60 yards on 10 carries after starter Thomas Rawls went down with a leg injury in the first half. "He looks like he shot out of a cannon," said Carroll. "He had the unfortunate turnover, but other than that he really hit it really well." While Rawls should be fine for Week 3, Michael has outplayed him in on a grand scale this season and projects for a bigger role going forward. With Rawls and Michael continuing to swap roles, it's probably best for fantasy owners to stay away from this situation until it sorts itself out.
Sep 20 - 11:34 AM

Christine Michael rushed 10 times for 60 yards in the Seahawks' Week 2 loss to the Rams.

He caught 3-of-4 targets for 26 yards, but C-Mike's late fumble with 46 seconds left on the clock deep in Rams territory helped seal the loss. Thomas Rawls got the start in the backfield, but he managed -7 yards on seven carries before leaving with a leg injury. With Rawls' health in question, this could again be Michael's backfield to lead heading into a Week 3 date with the 49ers.
Sep 18 - 7:38 PM

Christine Michael had 15 carries for 66 yards in Seattle's Week 1 win over Miami.

He managed just two catches for five yards. Michael started and got the first two series over Thomas Rawls, but it was a near-even committee. Michael was more effective than Rawls, and should be the slight favorite to lead Seattle in Week 2 carries. With Russell Wilson (ankle) injured, both Michael and Rawls could have heavy workloads in next week's clash with the Rams.
Sep 11 - 7:57 PM

Christine Michael will start Week 1 against Miami.

Thomas Rawls (illness, ankle) is expected to play, but is going to be eased back after missing most of training camp. Coming off a strong preseason, Michael has a chance to run away with the starting job. He's an upside RB2 against the Dolphins.
Sep 9 - 5:50 PM

Christine Michael is listed ahead of Thomas Rawls on the Seahawks' initial depth chart.

It cements what coach Pete Carroll hinted Monday. Carroll said the Seahawks still don't want to rush Rawls — who will be active — back from his ankle injury, and that "it's still time to take care of him." He did claim Rawls will be ready to start some time "in the next couple weeks." The reality is, Michael now has an opportunity to run with the job following his monster preseason. Michael is the play for Week 1 against Miami's thin defense. Daily Slant: Assuming Rawls is active and expected to see snaps in the season opener, it's going to make this a very tough situation for DFS purposes. Both backs would have relatively low floors and considering the fact that salaries are soft in Week 1, it doesn't give us much incentive to attack the situation. If Rawls isn't able to suit up at all, Michael would become a very strong value play in all formats.
Sep 6 - 3:57 PM

Christine Michael rushed twice for zero yards in the Seahawks' preseason finale.

He gained two, then lost two. Most notably, Michael worked exclusively with the first-team offense on early downs, playing with the Russell Wilson group before Thomas Rawls rotated in when UDFA backup Trevone Boykin entered. We would not be surprised at this point if Michael started the season opener versus Miami. Rawls and Michael are in an ongoing, competitive situation.
Sep 1 - 10:41 PM

Christine Michael rushed seven times for 58 yards in the Seahawks' third preseason game Thursday night.

A resurgent C-Mike now has 24 preseason carries for 157 yards, good for a 6.5 yards-per-carry average. He has both grinded out tough yards and showed big-play ability this August while earning the trust of the Seahawks' coaching staff. If you aren't taking Michael serious by now, your head is in the sand. Michael has dominated first-team snaps with Russell Wilson. Even if it isn't as the Seahawks' starter over Rawls, Michael has earned a meaningful early-season role in Seattle's post-Marshawn Lynch backfield.
Aug 26 - 12:07 AM

According to ESPN Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia, "by all indications" Christine Michael "will have role on offense once the regular season starts."

Kapadia's article (linked below) has numerous quotes from teammates and coaches citing Michael's improved maturity and on-field performance. Despite poor work habits and preparation to this point, fourth-year RB Michael has averaged 4.7 yards per carry in his career. He has averaged 5.82 YPC on 17 preseason totes while showing dramatic improvement in the passing game. Michael may not be a threat to Thomas Rawls' Week 1 starting job, but beat writers and coaches anticipate C-Mike logging significant playing time.
Aug 19 - 1:53 PM

Christine Michael rushed for 55 yards on ten carries and caught a nine-yard pass in Seattle's second preseason game.

Through two preseason contests working with Seattle's first-team offense, C-Mike has 99 yards on 17 carries (5.82 YPC). He has shown power and explosiveness on the field, and even lined up out wide for his nine-yard reception Thursday night. The Seahawks seem to have gained trust in C-Mike as a receiving asset, which is an area in which Thomas Rawls does not excel. With rookie C.J. Prosise far behind due to a hamstring injury, it's possible Michael will open the season as Seattle's primary passing-game back in addition to changing the pace behind projected starter Rawls.
Aug 19 - 12:02 AM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Christine Michael was a "loose cannon at times."

Michael's inability to play within the offense was one of the reasons he was cut last season, but he has reportedly shown more "maturity" this year. "Physically, I think he shows a greater consistency in hitting things the way we expect him to hit them," Carroll said. "Mentally, certainly he’s different, he’s just grown up." Even with Thomas Rawls (ankle) nearing full health, it is possible Michael earns an early-season role.
Aug 16 - 9:00 AM

Coach Pete Carroll stated after Saturday's preseason opener that the Seahawks' backfield will be a "one-two punch."

He's referring to Christine Michael in addition to Thomas Rawls. Michael has had a superb training camp by all accounts, and shined in Saturday's preseason opener against Kansas City, parlaying seven carries into 44 yards. A 2013 second-round pick, Michael has never lacked for talent but has long been short on maturity. The Seahawks claim he has matured since they reacquired C-Mike after he was cut by Dallas late last year. It's beginning to look like Michael could open the season with a role in Seattle's backfield. He's earning it.
Aug 13 - 9:15 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Russell Wilson
2Trevone Boykin
RB1Christine Michael
2Thomas Rawls
3C.J. Spiller
4Alex Collins
GLB1Christine Michael
2Thomas Rawls
3RB1C.J. Prosise
2Thomas Rawls
WR11Doug Baldwin
2Paul Richardson
3Tanner McEvoy
WR21Jermaine Kearse
2Tyler Lockett
WR31Tyler Lockett
TE1Jimmy Graham
2Luke Willson
3Nick Vannett
4Brandon Williams
LT1Bradley Sowell
2George Fant
LG1Mark Glowinski
2Rees Odhiambo
C1Justin Britt
2Joey Hunt
RG1Germain Ifedi
RT1Garry Gilliam
2J'Marcus Webb
K1Steven Hauschka