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RB James White - New England Patriots

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

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Week 3: at Detroit Lions

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FBG says: Great matchup. The Patriots seemed to realize early in Week 2 that Rex Burkhead was miscast as their lead interior runner. Sony Michel took the early-down reins early on, and the first-rounder should handle most of the neutral-script and interior work going forward. Michel's NFL debut was nondescript thanks to game flow and the Jaguars' suffocating front seven. Michel ran hard and with purpose, and better scripts (and matchups) should yield better results. Burkhead still has plenty of value to this backfield as an elusive runner and is more capable on early downs than many think. But he's smallish and somewhat brittle, and he fits best as a change-of-pace guy with versatility. James White doesn't have much of a rushing role here, but his short receiving game is often an extension of the Patriots' run game - and in some situations, it's the dominant facet. The Lions run defense simply can't stop anyone. They've now allowed 11 runners to top 75 yards over their last 18 games, and both opposing lead backs thus far in 2018 have topped 100. In fact, Isaiah Crowell and Matt Breida have averaged an unheard-of 11.43 yards per carry in those matchups. Second-year middle linebacker Jarrad Davis still looks lost on the field, frequently finding himself out of position and struggling to catch up. He was supposed to spark a turnaround for this unit, but has only brought more of the same soft inconsistency. This unit desperately needs a space-eating nose tackle and a linebacker with fundamentals in pursuit. There are few reinforcements in place, and seemingly everyone is taking full advantage.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs HOU 36 5 18 0 9 4 38 1 0 11.6
2 at JAX 34 4 11 0 8 7 73 0 0 8.4
3 at DET PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * 4 * * * *
3 at DET PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * 6 * * * *
3 at DET PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * 5 * * * *

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

2018 Week 2 vs JAX (4 / 11 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 73 / 0 rec)

As suspected, James White was utilized heavily in the passing game, catching more receptions and seeing more targets than any other players. Most of his catches and targets were about 6 to 8 yards downfield, and most of his touches weren't manufactured. Rather, they were out of necessity as Tom Brady scrambled for his life on several plays. Against worse run defenses, White won't see this kind of volume, but against good defenses where we expect the Pats to throw a lot, White will remain involved.

2018 Week 1 vs HOU (5 / 18 / 0 rush, 9 / 4 / 38 / 1 rec)

James White was used as a receiver more often than as a runner despite Jeremy Hill's injury, which wasn't a surprise. His biggest play of note was a wide open touchdown catch out of the backfield. He was used in a variety of formations, and did start at the running back position and flexed out wide multiple times. White will continue to be used in a bit fashion mostly in the receiving game, especially with Julian Edelman out.

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Latest News

Patriots | James White totals nine touches, TD (Sun Sep 9, 09:37 PM) - New England Patriots RB James White rushed five times for 18 yards in the Week 1 game against the Houston Texans while he added four receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown.

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Schedule

3@ Detroit Lions
4vs Miami Dolphins
5vs Indianapolis Colts
6vs Kansas City Chiefs
7@ Chicago Bears
8@ Buffalo Bills
9vs Green Bay Packers
10@ Tennessee Titans
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New York Jets
13vs Minnesota Vikings
14@ Miami Dolphins
15@ Pittsburgh Steelers
16vs Buffalo Bills
17vs New York Jets