RB James White - New England Patriots
|5-9, 204||Born: 2-3-1992||College: Wisconsin||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2014|
Week 21: at Los Angeles Rams
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Patriots bring in a running game that is seemingly humming along led by the late-season emergence of Sony Michel. Michel has been a volume workhorse this postseason as he has 53 carries in his last two games and Rex Burkhead has complimented Michel nicely with an additional 16 carries over those two games. This is an offensive line that struggled for most of the first half but has become a unit that is working together to becoming one of the top units in football. Guards Shaq Mason and Joe Thuney have been dominant for the Patriots in the second half of the season and have been a big factor into the success that has allowed Michel to rush for over 100 yards in three of his last four games with the only game that he did not accomplish this was Week 17 in which he only had 14 carries. The Rams rushing defense has stepped up when they need them to as they have faced the Cowboys and Saints in consecutive weeks and shut down both teams holding them to just 2.5 yards per carry in those two games. The defense has played up to their potential after struggling for most of the season as linebacker Cory Littleton who has struggled for most of the season has stepped up in a big way over the last two games with 19 tackles. This is Littleton's first year as a regular starter, and while he struggled early on this season has played up to the potential that allowed the Rams to trade Alec Ogletree in the offseason.
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
2018 Week 19 vs LAC (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 17 / 15 / 97 / 0 rec)
15 catches on 17 targets probably says all you need to know about James White's day. White feasted against the Chargers, who simply could not stop him on his short routes and designed plays. Most of his plays didn't go for a ton of yards, but as with many games, White was an extension of the running game at times. He will continue to be featured against the Chiefs.
2018 Week 17 vs NYJ (4 / 30 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 39 / 1 rec)
Mr. Consistency himself as usual, James White did more in the passing game than anything else. His highlight was a slant touchdown against a linebacker, a situation he will almost always win. White will likely be heavily relied upon in the playoffs, so the 8 touches for him was a nice "breather" in a way.
2018 Week 16 vs BUF (8 / 41 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
James White scored a rushing touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in a game where his passing game usage was capped by a run heavy game plan. White's touchdown was a run in the red zone on a drive where he was the primary back. White had 2 of New England's 13 receptions, but was targeted two additional times, both errant throws by Tom Brady. White will face the New York Jets next week.
2018 Week 15 vs PIT (2 / 12 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 25 / 0 rec)
The reliability and predictability of White is something shown each week. James White saw only one opportunity to touch the ball in the first quarter. The rest of White's touches came in the second quarter and then again in the fourth quarter. White's touches, except for two, were all on short passes out of the backfield. It may be designed, but it is interesting to note White sometimes falls before contact. It might be protecting himself or it might be what he is coached to do.
2018 Week 14 vs MIA (4 / 13 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
White wasn't involved like he normally is simply because Tom Brady was finding open receivers in more intermediate parts of the field, and the short field connection was working with Julian Edelman. As a result, his screen and short game wasn't needed as much.
2018 Week 13 vs MIN (6 / 26 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 92 / 0 rec)
White's stat line was a bit misleading, as about 40 of his receiving yards came on a dump off at the end of the first half when everyone expected a hail mary. Other than that, he was very involved in the short passing game as always, as the Vikings allowed many completions underneath. Business as usual for the receiving stud.
2018 Week 12 vs NYJ (9 / 73 / 0 rush, 5 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
As Sony Michel did, James White did too, with a hefty yards per carry pace on his 9 carries. His big run was through a big hole outside right tackle. He wasn't needed much in the passing game, however, as Brady truly spread the wealth on only 20 completions.
2018 Week 10 vs TEN (1 / -5 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)
Absolute credit goes to the Titans defense for limiting James White's gamebreaking abilities. He was a focal point of the defense with Gronk out, and it showed. White didn't rush much with Sony Michel back, and was stopped in his tracks almost immediately on most of his catches.
2018 Week 9 vs GB (12 / 31 / 2 rush, 7 / 6 / 72 / 0 rec)
Same old story for James White, who caught several passes, operated as a safety valve, and actually scored two short touchdowns on the ground. He was also involved in two 'fun' plays - a flea flicker back to Tom Brady, and the recipient of a Julian Edelman pass on a trick play. There isn't much more that should be said about White - he is one of the best, if not the best, pass catching backs in the NFL right now, and continues to operate at an All-Pro level.
2018 Week 8 vs BUF (8 / 15 / 1 rush, 13 / 10 / 79 / 0 rec)
Amusingly, White was out touched by Cordarelle Patterson on the ground. White's 8 carries amounted to almost nothing besides his 1 yard touchdown, but he absolutely whooped the Bills through the air, catching 10 of his 13 targets and repeatedly catching key passes. It can be argued White is now the number one option in an offense with Gronk, Edelman, and Josh Gordon, which speaks volumes to the level he's playing at.
2018 Week 7 vs CHI (11 / 40 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 57 / 2 rec)
With Sony Michel going down with injury, White was a focal point of the offense, handling more carries than usual and staying involved in the passing game. White scored two touchdowns through the air as he took advantages of mismatches. One was a simple route out of the flat with a defensive lineman in coverage, and the other was a shovel sweep route that looked oddly reminiscent of a play the Bears run with their tight ends. There was adequate running room for him, though there were no huge plays. What is salient is that Michel is likely to miss time, so White should continue to see consistent and heavy volume.
2018 Week 6 vs KC (6 / 39 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
Though he was definitely part of the game plan, for once, James White didn't lead the Pats in targets or receiving yards, which is probably a good thing. White actually saw good gains on his handful of runs, and did well with his 7 targets, converting 5 of them. There were no notable plays to speak of, but he continues to produce at a high level.
2018 Week 5 vs IND (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 14 / 10 / 77 / 1 rec)
Once again, James White was the best Pats weapon, moving chains and scoring points along the way. He led the Pats in receptions, scored a touchdown on a post route from the backfield, and nearly had a much bigger day had Tom Brady not overthrown him on a deep ball. White will continue to be an important feature in the Pats passing game even with the return of Julian Edelman, though it's clear Sony Michel has the ground game locked up.
2018 Week 4 vs MIA (8 / 44 / 1 rush, 10 / 8 / 68 / 1 rec)
Once again, guess who led the Pats in receiving? Though Sony Michel saw a bulk of the work on the ground, White had success in both phases against the Dolphins, scoring touchdowns on both the ground and in the air. His rushing touchdown was a pinball touchdown from 22 yards out, while his receiving touchdown was a deep float from Tom Brady where White managed to slip between defenders. White consistently beat defenders in both phases of the game, and will continue to be an integral part of the team, though his passing game share will lessen with Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman at full speed.
2018 Week 3 vs DET (4 / 37 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 14 / 1 rec)
White could have had a bigger day, but the Pats were dominated in possession time and forced the run game. In fact, most of White's carries were in garbage time on the last drive of the game. His touchdown was a great contested catch with a great throw from Tom Brady, one of the few bright spots on the day.
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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