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RB James White - New England Patriots

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

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Everyone remembers White's Super Bowl, but did you know White actually seven PPR double-digit scoring weeks during the regular season and five receiving scores. It is difficult to see his role shrinking after the team signed him to an extension this offseason, so it's likely he'll give 5-8 scoring weeks in best ball lineups again at the cheap cost of a 12th or 13th round pick.


A very similiar back to Dion Lewis, White was a big part of the New England Patriots comeback in the Super Bowl, and while he hasn't always been as productive during the regular season as the Patriots would like, that Super Bowl showed he has plenty of ability to tap. Given the injury history on Lewis, White is great insurance for New England. While they are both healthy, the Patriots can split one or both wide, or have one out wide while a second back is in the backfield. White isn't as dynamic as Lewis by any stretch, but from a health standpoint he's more reliable. The Patriots are likely to mix and match these two, perhaps as part of a rotation. Since both guys have similar skill-sets, they'll eat into the same bunch of carries in what is already a committee backfield. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 48, 31, 36, 43, 43, 44, 44, 46, 46, 47, 49, 52, 53, 56, 57
RB Redraft PPR - 46, 31, 33, 33, 36, 37, 39, 39, 41, 43, 43, 44, 45, 49, 52, 53, 56
RB Dynasty - 42, 25, 40, 41, 47, 50, 66

Stats and Projections

2014 NE 3 9 38 0 5 5 23 0
2015 NE 14 22 56 2 54 40 410 4
2016 NE 16 39 166 0 86 60 551 5
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 52 * * 34 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 35 * * 50 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 50 * * 42 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 46 * * 37 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 130
RB: 45
Overall-PPR: 117
RB-PPR: 45

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Latest News

Patriots | No depth chart at RB in New England (Tue Aug 22, 12:26 PM) - New England Patriots RBs Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis form a 'deep, talented group' and any one of the four could be featured at any given time, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Our View: Oh that tricky Bill Belichick. It's true, any of these Patriots RBs could be the featured back given the one-off gameplans the team uses on a weekly basis. That makes things problematic for fantasy owners trying to navigate this situation. Gillislee is banged up with a hamstring problem and Burkhead has been looking fantastic in the preseason. White is also there to make plays as a runner/receiver. You can get White and Burkhead in the 10th and 12th rounds respectively right now in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Patriots | James White, Dion Lewis co-starters (Wed Aug 9, 05:38 PM) - New England Patriots RBs James White and Dion Lewis are listed as co-starters on the Patriots' initial depth chart.

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Patriots | Dion Lewis, James White listed on first-team (Wed Aug 9, 02:20 PM) - New England Patriots RBs Dion Lewis and James White are ahead of Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee on the team's unofficial depth chart.

Our View: Lewis was considered possibly in danger of losing his roster spot, but his explosiveness is reportedly back and he'll have a role in this backfield.
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2017 Schedule

1vs Kansas City Chiefs
2@ New Orleans Saints
3vs Houston Texans
4vs Carolina Panthers
5@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6@ New York Jets
7vs Atlanta Falcons
8vs Los Angeles Chargers
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Denver Broncos
11@ Oakland Raiders
12vs Miami Dolphins
13@ Buffalo Bills
14@ Miami Dolphins
15@ Pittsburgh Steelers
16vs Buffalo Bills
17vs New York Jets