RB James White - New England Patriots
|5-9, 204||Born: 2-3-1992||College: Wisconsin||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2014|
Week 7: at New York Jets
FBG says: Tough matchup. Try as they might, the Patriots can't seem to get their ground game consistently on track. They've committed to Sony Michel as the lead back, but have gotten little return on it, as he's plodded to just 3.5 yards a carry. He's looked like a one-speed runner working his way through one of the league's weakest lines, currently ranked 30th by Footballguys' Matt Bitonti. Never a strong short-yardage runner, Michel keeps losing goal-line work as well, further capping his week-to-week upside. He's always a fantasy consideration when game script points the Patriots' way, but never an exciting one. He could also lose work incrementally to Rex Burkhead, who looks on track to return Sunday. Burkhead stole a healthy chunk of snaps and carries from Michel before his injury and produced a solid 4.7 yards per rush. If Michel can't provide the grinding, ball-control element effectively, Bill Belichick and company will have to piece it together with bits from all over the depth chart. That makes the week-to-week projection extremely difficult for this unit. In his Jets debut, new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has ushered in a borderline-dominant run defense. That's no surprise, as the journeyman coach's run units almost always wind up among the league's best. Through the season's first 5 games, they've allowed just 3.5 yards per rush, good for fifth-best in football. Last week, Ezekiel Elliott became the first opposing runner to top 70 yards. Clearly, they're weathering the absence of prized free-agent addition C.J. Mosley well. Mosley hasn't suited up since Week 1 and doesn't look likely for Sunday, and while Blake Cashman and Tarell Basham have been shaky in his place, there's been a great team effort to make do. Nose tackle Steve McLendon, for instance, remains an underrated cog as a space-eater on the inside. The line's disruptive ways make it easier for the linebackers to pursue and strike - and if Mosley can indeed return, they'll be even more dynamic. Patriots runners managed just 56 yards on 22 carries when these teams met in Week 3, and it's hard to project much more success this weekend.
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 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 | Nine receptions for James White (Fri Oct 11, 12:44 AM) - New England Patriots RB James White caught nine passes for 46 yards in Week 6 against the New York Giants. He also lost a yard on two carries. link to story Patriots | James White totals 12 touches (Sun Oct 6, 05:08 PM) - New England Patriots RB James White rushed six times for 26 yards in Week 5 against the Washington Redskins while adding six catches for 46 yards on nine targets. Our View: White was able to get a few more snaps with Rex Burkhead out and he remains a reliable target in the short passing game, giving him a solid PPR weekly floor. He's a good flex against the Giants on Thursday.
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