RB James White - New England Patriots

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): White was the only thing that worked all night against the Texans defense save for some strong running early by Sony Michel that was shut down after Houston put an extra man in the box. He should be a big part of the offense against the Chiefs in Week 14.

General News (Mon Dec 2): had a career-high 177 scrimmage yards in Week 13, beating his previous high (including playoffs) of 139 yards, according to the NFL Media Research Department. White's 139-yard game was at Super Bowl LI, which also took place at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Week 14: vs Kansas City Chiefs

All RB vs KC

FBG says: Great matchup. For the third time in four games, the Patriots have gone away from the running game and Sony Michel in particular as he now has 10 carries or less in three of his last four contests. What is interesting about this is that the Patriots did not abandon the running game as their running backs ran the ball a total of 27 times last week it was just that James White had 14 of those carries which was the first time that White has had double-digit carries in a game in over a year. While this could be game script dependent as the Patriots fell behind early, it does mark a shift that the Patriots are ultimately looking for playmakers to step up in this offense. The Chiefs rushing defense has been a problem all season. Even in a game that they won 40-7 last week, they allowed Josh Jacobs to rack up 104 yards which was the seventh time that a running back has rushed for 99 yards or more on the season. The issue for the Chiefs is that they are a team designed to stop the pass as they have one of the worst run-stopping front sevens in football as linebackers Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson have both struggled with gap discipline and the defensive ends in Frank Clark and Tanoh Kpassagnon specialize in the pass rush. This is a team that on the year has allowed the second-highest yards-per-carry to running backs at 5.1.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 at PHI 32 5 20 0 7 4.0 16 0 0 3.6
12 vs DAL 21 2 5 0 3 1.0 -6 0 0 -0.1
13 at HOU 68 14 79 0 11 8.0 98 2 0 29.7
14 vs KC 0 6 33 0 7 5.0 27 0 0 7.75
14 vs KC PROJ-Dodds * 6 * * 4.9 * * * *
14 vs KC PROJ-Tremblay * 7 * * 5.2 * * * *
14 vs KC PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * 5.0 * * * *

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

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 News

Patriots | James White accounts for 60 total yards (Mon Dec 9, 01:20 AM) - New England Patriots RB James White ran six times for 33 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 14. He added five catches for 27 yards.

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Patriots | James White has monster game on SNF (Mon Dec 2, 02:23 AM) - New England Patriots RB James White carried the ball 14 times for 79 yards on Sunday, Dec. 1, against the Houston Texans. White also registered eight receptions for 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

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