RB James White - New England Patriots
|5-9, 204||Born: 2-3-1992||College: Wisconsin||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2014|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 10): White was a smaller part of the Patriots offense in Week 14 and is only a flex PPR play heading into a matchup with the Steelers.
Week 15: at Pittsburgh Steelers
FBG says: matchup.
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 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.
Latest NewsPatriots | James White held in check (Sun Dec 9, 04:26 PM) - New England Patriots RB James White rushed for 13 yards on four carries against the Miami Dolphins in Week 14. He also caught two passes for 15 yards during the game. Our View: Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman did a lot more than they had been lately, and White faded into the background. He'll be a mere what the heck at Pittsburgh next week.
link to story Patriots | James White posts 118 scrimmage yards (Sun Dec 2, 10:37 PM) - New England Patriots RB James White rushed six times for 26 yards in Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings and he added seven catches for a team-high 92 yards on nine targets. link to story
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