RB James White - New England Patriots
|5-9, 204||Born: 2-3-1992||College: Wisconsin||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2014|
Week 20: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
James White's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 18 vs TEN (1 / 14 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
White's big play was a long screen set up by good blocking and good shiftiness. Beyond that, it was tough sledding for the entire offense. It should be noted his "fumble" was actually a lateral at the end of the game, so it wasn't a true turnover. His 2020 season was filled with underutilization given the bad weapons around him, so it will be interesting to see how he's utilized next year and beyond.
2019 Week 17 vs MIA (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 33 / 1 rec)
White's highlight was a screen touchdown with great blocking in front of him. Oddly, as with many weeks this year, he wasn't utilized much beyond that even with a dearth of quality receiving weapons at WR and TE.
2019 Week 16 vs BUF (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
James White wasn't used much in this game, as his usage has been fairly sporadic depending on flow and effectiveness of other players. Here, with over 30 rushes and efficiency from Tom Brady, his number just wasn't needed as often.
2019 Week 15 vs CIN (3 / 13 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 49 / 1 rec)
Your leading receiver on the day with 49 yards, folks. He did have an uncharacteristic drop on a short out, but also had a nice 23 yard screen touchdown in which Patriots blockers simply outnumbered Bengals defenders. Beyond that, it wasn't a day for the passing offense with short fields and big leads.
2019 Week 14 vs KC (6 / 33 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 27 / 0 rec)
White had to play heavy snaps due to game flow, but couldn't do much in the receiving game due to good defense and spotty offensive play. His highlight was a 35 yard pass on a trick play to Jakobi Meyers. Beyond that, not much to speak of on a bad day once again for the Pats offense.
2019 Week 13 vs HOU (14 / 79 / 0 rush, 11 / 8 / 98 / 2 rec)
Simply put, this was a garbage time special in large part. The Pats spent the entire fourth quarter in catch-up mode, which meant White saw most of those snaps. His first touchdown was a wheel route from the backfield where no defender followed him closely. His second was on an improvised slant route where Tom Brady had to scramble out of the pocket. The good news is James White needed to get more involved. The Pats clearly have a wide receiver issue, yet White's touch counts the last few game have been 3, 9, 11, and 6. He needs to be more involved.
2019 Week 12 vs DAL (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / -6 / 0 rec)
Bizarrely even with the bad weather and the sluggishness from the offense, James White was not part of the game plan at all. He had 1 catch on 3 targets in the passing game with 2 key WRs out of the game, and one would have assumed more plays would have gone his way.
2019 Week 11 vs PHI (5 / 20 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 16 / 0 rec)
There were plenty of plays drawn up for James White including screens and runs, but none of them went much of anywhere, especially with Tom Brady inaccurate on even some basic throws. He'll have better days through the air going forward.
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 NewsPatriots | New England falls in playoff opener (Sat Jan 4, 11:46 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 20 of his 37 passes for 209 yards and an interception in a 20-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans in the Wild Card round Saturday, Jan. 4. RB Sony Michel rushed 14 times for 61 yards and caught two passes for nine yards, and RB James White caught five passes for 62 yards and rushed once for 14 yards. WR Julian Edelman caught three of his five passes for 30 yards and rushed twice for 12 yards and a touchdown, WR N'Keal Harry caught two of his seven targets for 21 yards, WR Mohamed Sanu caught one of his four passes for 11 yards, WR Phillip Dorsett caught one of his four targets for six yards, and TE Benjamin Watson caught three of his four targets for 38 yards. LB Dont'a Hightower led the team with nine tackles, including eight solo stops and one tackle for loss. link to story
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