What to Make of the Christine Michael Trade

You already know by now Christine Michael was cut by the Seattle Seahawks, and he is now a member of the Green Bay Packers.

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That has a lot of implications heading into the 2016 Fantasy Football playoffs, so let’s jump right in and see what it means for these two backfields.

The Backfield in Seattle

The biggest takeaway from this is the faith the organization has in rookie C.J. Prosise. After being eased back into the lineup in Week 7, the rookie has made an impact over the last several weeks because of his abilities as a receiver.

Editor’s Note: Take a look at the profile we did on Prosise at the beginning of the season, right here.

After playing in five games this season, the rookie has 203 receiving yards. That places him in the top 20 for receiving yards for running backs in the 2016 Fantasy Football season.

And because of his dual-threat abilities, Prosise was on the field for 77% of the offensive snaps in Week 10.

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He should continue to see the bulk of the snaps in the backfield with Thomas Rawls returning from an injury.

Speaking of Rawls, cutting Michael is also a sign Seattle believes he will soon be healthy enough to return to the lineup. If you were like me and took a chance on Rawls in Round 4 or Round 5 of your draft, you’ve been disappointed so far this season.

The 23-year old back has only appeared in two games. However, I’m hoping he’s eased back into action and is ready during the Fantasy playoffs.

If he’s been sitting on your bench for this long and you’re going to make the playoffs, he can potentially give you an ace up your sleeve. 

Overall, this is good news for Prosise in the short term.

It could also be good news for Rawls owners because it means he is healthy enough to start playing.

Now, let’s take a look at what Christine Michael being picked up by the Green Bay Packers means for the Green Bay backfield…

The Backfield in Green Bay

Heading into the 2016 Fantasy Football playoffs, this looks like a backfield you want to avoid.

Ty Montgomery looked like one of the best waiver wire pickups of the year after Week 6, but he’s disappointed his owners in his last two performances. In Week 9, Montgomery rushed for 53 yards and caught three passes for 38.

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In Week 10, he only had five total touches.

He’s dealt with complications from sickle cell this year, and he missed practice Wednesday reportedly due to a different issue.

He returned Nov. 17 to practice. But if you’re fighting for a playoff spot or trying to lead your league in points, Montgomery is hard to trust.

Part of Montgomery’s dip in production in Week 10 was due to the return of James Starks. Now, whenever there’s been an issue with Eddie Lacy in the past, I’ve received a lot of questions about starting Starks.

It’s true he can have a strong performance here or there. But what I tell Fantasy players is to keep in mind that Starks has been with the team since 2010. Until Lacy arrived in 2013, he had the opportunity to carve out a bigger role than a backup.

But he never has.

I know the temptation to start him is there because he’s essentially the lead back, but that doesn’t mean he’s Fantasy relevant.

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And now throw Michael into the mix, and it’s even harder to find a back capable of providing consistent Fantasy production in Green Bay. Also, keep in mind the Green Bay backfield has the fifth-toughest schedule from Weeks 14-16.

Now, there’s always the chance that a clear starter emerges before Week 14. But if that doesn’t happen, you want to make sure you have backup plan if you’ve been using Michael or Montgomery as a flex.

Essentially, Michael going to Green Bay is good news for Rawls and Prosise owners, and discouraging for Starks and Montgomery owners.

If you have any questions about your team, hit me up on Twitter. For a more detailed response, feel free to shoot me an email.

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