RB James White - New England Patriots

5-9, 204Born: 2-3-1992College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 4, pick 2014

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Week 11: at Philadelphia Eagles

All RB vs PHI

FBG says: Bad matchup. The Patriots are coming off of a bye at the best time as they were blown out by the Ravens in Week 8. Sony Michel only saw four carries in that game as it was a game script game that forced the Patriots to throw the ball 46 times. Michel has struggled for most of the season as the Patriots have had a combination of offensive line health issues and just a lack of production from the second-year player. Michel has averaged just 3.3 yards per carry on the season, but before last week the team had remained committed to the running back as he had 16 carries or more in five straight games before the lopsided Ravens victory. Expect Michel to continue to be the volume back simply because the Patriots don't have anyone else to take that load. The Eagles run defense continues to shut down their opposition as they are one of the more dominant units in the NFL. Led by defensive linemen Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham, this is a unit that schemes to take away the run. On the year, the Eagles have only allowed two running backs to rush for over 50 yards which were Alexander Mattison (63 yards) and Ezekiel Elliott (111 yards), this is a unit that has shut down Devonta Freeman, Le'Veon Bell, Kerryon Johnson, Aaron Jones, and Dalvin Cook as some of the running backs who were unable to break 50 yards. The Patriots should have their hands full with and expect Sony Michel and company to struggle in this one.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 at NYJ 44 5 0 0 8 7.0 59 0 0 5.9
8 vs CLE 28 2 4 0 5 4.0 75 0 0 7.9
9 at BAL 28 9 38 1 3 2.0 46 0 0 14.4
11 at PHI PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * 4.9 * * * *
11 at PHI PROJ-Tremblay * 6 * * 4.8 * * * *
11 at PHI PROJ-Bloom * 6 * * 5.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

James White's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 9 vs BAL (9 / 38 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 46 / 0 rec)

The Pats were forced to go to the pass early, so it was surprising the Pats didn't utilize James White more. The reality is they were trying to force the issue here and there, so most of the targets went to Edelman and Sanu. He did make a great deep leaping catch in 1 on 1 coverage which set the Pats up in the red zone, then later scored on a short rushing touchdown. Beyond that, he had more rushing touches than pass targets which is unusual, but does speak to his snap volume and game script.

2019 Week 8 vs CLE (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 75 / 0 rec)

James White's lone play of note was a screen play that went 59 yards thanks to good blocking and nifty running. Beyond that, his 6 touches were less than normal thanks to game flow and Rex Burkhead's return, though Burkhead only touched the ball 4 times.

2019 Week 7 vs NYJ (5 / 0 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 59 / 0 rec)

With Rex Burkhead out once again, he was the guy on third downs in the backfield and on pass plays. Unfortunately for him, with the Patriots staked to a huge lead most of the game, his touches weren't needed as much, and his 7 passes didn't amount to anything huge. His carries were absolutely stonewalled, though the Jets generally played well against the run. It's worth noting he had an easy touchdown called back due to a block in the back on Julian Edelman that he would have scored on anyways. It was yet another floor game for White, and we know what we're getting from him at this point.

2019 Week 6 vs NYG (2 / -1 / 0 rush, 9 / 9 / 46 / 0 rec)

With Rex Burkhead once again inactive, the passing game role was all James White in the backfield. White narrowly missed a touchdown on a sweep run - in fact, it was initially called a touchdown then overturned. Beyond that, there wasn't much to speak of, as he was bottled up fairly well on most of his catches.

2019 Week 5 vs WAS (6 / 26 / 0 rush, 9 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)

With Rex Burkhead inactive, White was the passing down running back, though Sony Michel did see a few surprising targets. He was targeted plenty on the day especially when Tom Brady faced pressure, though those targets didn't amount to much. Interestingly, White also had 6 rushes on the day, which isn't a mark he gets to all the time. That won't be a common theme every week especially once games get more competitive, but White is still a permanent fixture in the passing game.

2019 Week 4 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 57 / 0 rec)

James White was, for all intents and purposes, the Patriots offense when things needed to get done. There wasn't a huge play beyond his nice deep catch early in the game, but he made small plays here and there on his way to a very unsexy line. It also helped his cause that Rex Burkhead was likely injured in this game as he only played one snap. Still, games like this one are where he can do work, as Tom Brady was most effective when targeting White, even on dumpoffs and screens. Ugly game, but a win.

2019 Week 2 vs MIA (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 19 / 1 rec)

White wasn't super involved against the Dolphins, as there were a plethora of pass-catching options and Sony Michel dominating rushing carries. His fantasy day was salvaged by a garbage time screen touchdown, but it's clear his role may be highly volatile as long as the Pats have their WRs healthy and at their disposal.

2019 Week 1 vs PIT (4 / 26 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)

White operated in his usual role, though he did split snaps with Rex Burkhead, which may limit his upside going forward. He still got 7 of Tom Brady's 36 targets, and 1 of Julian Edelman's on a trick play to boot. There was nothing significant of note beyond the usage numbers, something to monitor no doubt.


Latest News

Patriots | James White leads Pats' backs (Mon Nov 4, 12:23 AM) - New England Patriots RB James White (toe) carried the ball nine times for 38 yards and a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Nov. 3. White also caught two passes for 46 yards.

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Patriots | James White active for SNF (Sun Nov 3, 06:59 PM) - New England Patriots RB James White (toe) is active for the Week 9 game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football.

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Patriots | James White's status still up in the air (Sun Nov 3, 09:30 AM) - New England Patriots RB James White's (toe) injury is considered minor but he is still listed as questionable for Week 9's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Our View: All signs point to White playing his normal role and having his normal level of effectiveness in this game.
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Patriots | James White makes trip (Sat Nov 2, 02:25 PM) - New England Patriots RB James White (toe) is listed as questionable for Week 9 but did make the trip Saturday, Nov. 2, to Baltimore.

Our View: White always has plenty of flex appeal in PPR leagues. If he plays against the Ravens, White could perform like a low-end RB2 for Fantasy GMs. Make sure to double-check his status if you're considering the Patriots back on Sunday.
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Patriots | James White questionable (Fri Nov 1, 05:43 PM) - New England Patriots RB James White (toe) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 1, and is listed as questionable for Week 9.

Our View: There are no signs that White is going to miss this one, but we'll monitor the situation to be sure. He has been a steady 10-15 point PPR presence in lineups all season.
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