Today’s entertainment comes from Alice Cooper, who sang He’s Back for the movie Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. Gotta love the 80’s. If you’ve never watched the Friday the 13th movies, all I can say is… For the unfortunate few, a brief synopsis goes like this: Jason, the killer who wears a hockey mask, never dies. He’s worse than the Energizer bunny. The fourth movie of the series was titled, The Final Chapter. The next year, A New Beginning was released. Good times Hollywood. All in all, a total of 12 movies for the series were made. This brings me to the segue for fantasy football. There’s been a certain player that has been hyped incessantly for the past two years. If only he got his chance, the pundits would say. Even when a team cut him, the narrative would remain positive. Now he can showcase his talents, they would say. Rather than ask why he was cut, the “Truthers” would look for the team that would be the best fit for him to finally dominate.

Who is this masked man? Christine Michael.

Michael played his college ball at Texas A&M and was drafted in the second round by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2013 NFL Draft. He is 5’10” and weighs 220 pounds. At the combine, he ran a 4.54-second 40-yard dash and posted a 6.69 second 3-cone drill. When watching him run the ball, you could understand why the Seahawks drafted him in the second round and why the pundits were so high on him. He’s big, fast and explosive. Unfortunately, he was behind Marshawn Lynch on the depth chart. There’s no shame in that.

What is a disgrace, though, is that he could not beat out Robert Turbin for the backup spot. The coaching staff just couldn’t trust him. There were some fumbles and immature behavior at the conclusion of a play, but what doomed him were not picking up the “intricacies” that the coaching staff demanded. He wouldn’t hit the correct hole or miss a blitz pickup. The inconsistency was just too much, regardless of the immense talent.

As a result, he was traded in September of 2015 to the Dallas Cowboys. The perfect situation! Free Christine Michael! Boasting one of the best offensive lines in the game with a committment to running the ball, Michael could not have asked for a better situation.

After a month, the Cowboys decided to release Michael for….Robert Turbin. But like Jason in Friday the 13th, Michael was ressurected in Washington when the Redskins signed him in November. Guess what happened a month later?

Which brings us to the here and now. With Lynch still nursing an injury and Thomas Rawls out for the season, the Seahawks signed Bryce Brown and Michael to man the backfield. Is the third time a charm?

It very well could be. During Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns, it was Michael who received the most carries (16 for 84 yards). Brown rushed nine times for 43 yards. It sure looked like the coaching staff trusted him.

Next week’s game is against the St. Louis Rams. They are not that stout against the run. They’ve allowed the third-most runs of over 20+ yards and allow the 10th-most yards per game. They have allowed the fourth-fewest touchdowns, though. Regardless, the Seahawks are humming on offense and still run the ball almost 50% of the time.

The talent is still there. The opportunity is ripe. What gets me excited and will probably make Michael Truthers jizz is this: “It’s all a part of growth. It’s bigger than me. As a young player, what I was, I had in my mind that it was all about me, and it’s not. It’s way bigger than me. It’s about this city, it’s about the 12s, the coaching staff, the team, and I’m just a little piece in it. I’ve just got to do my job.” (Christine Michael after the Brown’s game – courtesy of Seahawks.com)

Seems like he’s figured some things out.

 

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  1. Clint says:
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    [Insert Admiral Ahkbar obligatory ‘It’s A Trap’ Meme here]

    If Denard Robinson practices all week (Bradley said the sprain was nothing today & he wasn’t in a walking boot or anything) would you go all out & start him in a ppr championship at the defenseless Saints or stick w/the stud with a far worse matchup in David Johnson vs GB? Looking at the stats, the Saints have gotten WORSE against the run over the last 3-5 weeks than they’ve been all season. I’m starting Bortles already so just nervous about going all in on that shootout despite the fact the Packers have only had a few lapses in run stoppage.

    • Son says:
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      @Clint: I would stick with David Johnson. He’s a stud and contributes in the passing game. Plus, he doesn’t have the injury concern. While the Packers have a tougher rush defense than the Saints, they really aren’t that stout. There were giant holes in the first half of the Oakland game and they’ve gotten gashed many times this season. I think it’s legitimate to pose the question though. For me, it comes down to which decision would piss me off more in the offseason. If DJ gets shut down and DR goes off, I can live with that because I feel like the thought process was correct. Good luck Clint! May fantasy glory be bestowed upon you!

      • Clint says:
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        @Son:
        Thanks. I hope so. Been doing this since 2004, been in 4 title games now & still haven’t won one due to situations like this so hopefully I’ll be able to take your advice, close my eyes, & start DJ come Sunday ;)

  2. NattyLite says:
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    Another Denard Robinson question…

    Robinson is my only droppable player. Do you think Christine has more upside than Robinson right now? Not much risk on my side of things either way as I’ve got Martin, L. Murray, C. West, and Hightower already with only 3 slots they can fill. Just trying to be as preventative as possible with my roster moves.

    • Son says:
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      @NattyLite: I’d rather have Denard. If healthy and with Yeldon out, he’s the main back. CM is leading a committee. Brown and Coleman will get carries and Fjax will dominate passing situations.

      • NattyLite says:
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        @Son: Right on. I’ve been ignoring all of ESPN’s MUST ADD NOW! players so far this season. No sense in ending the streak when I’m so close to the back-to-back championships. He’s somebody else’s problem now. Thanks for the advice.

  3. Pickleball says:
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    Where do you see c-mikes future? Is there one?

    I assume we will know a lot more after the Seahawks last 2 weeks and whatever they do in the playoffs. I find it hard to believe that all of a sudden a week go things ‘clicked’ for this guy. He’s had a very, very weird NFL career to date not being able to beat out has beens or scrubs for lack of a better word. but then looking like a top 5 RB bowling over guys too.

    So much talent is wasted in the NFL for so many reasons

    • Son says:
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      @Pickleball: it really depends on how he develops and if somethings clicked. It’s possible with his journey this year that it humbled him. If so, I’d imagine Seattle would want to keep him. Lynch is gone soon in my opinion and they need someone to back up Rawls. The physical talent is there. All depends on his mental and emotional game.

  4. J-FOH says:
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    did Odell do what he did because he is playing a team that owns him in the championship this week?

    • Son says:
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      @J-FOH: That would be giving too much credit to Odell. I think Odell wanted to get his “toughness” rating jacked up in Madden 16.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Son: tell him to catch balsl all game without gloves and then we’ll see how tough he is

        • Son says:
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          @J-FOH: I’m with you Jack. He’s a helluva player but he’s gotta stop being a pseudo gangster. He’s a skilled player…not a tough guy. He definitely would not a Goodfella

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Son: I hate the reciever sticky gloves bullshizzzzzzz. Did you see that catch? Yeah with gloves on

            • Son says:
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              @J-FOH: I agree with you. I’m all about o’ natural. The glove just don’t feel right. With that said, I’m a Raiders fan and stick em was a part of our uniform. As much as I hate OBJ’s hair, antics and gloves…that catch was pretty freaking incredible.

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