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2014, Round #4, Pick #130
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New England Patriots running back James White caught four passes for 39 yards and added 30 rushing yards with a touchdown in the Patriots 38-3 romp over the Jets. White capped off his career season with his 12th total touchdown of the year as the Patriots cruised to a playoff bye. White finishes the season with 87 receptions for 751 yards, 425 rushing yards and has been a weapon in the Patriots passing game out of the backfield. He will see plenty of work in two weeks when the Patriots postseason begins.
2 months ago: James White Scores 11th Touchdown Of Season
New England Patriots running back James White sprinted for a 27-yard touchdown, his 11th total score of the year, in the Patriots 24-14 win over the Bills. White racked 54 all-purpose yards in the game and scored the first time since Week 9. It has been a career season for the veteran but has struggled to maintain his fantasy productivity in the second half. White now has 1,107 total yards from scrimmage this season and should be on a snap-count next week now that the Patriots have clinched the playoffs.
2 months ago: James White Held In Check By Steelers
New England Patriots running back James White totaled only 37 yards from scrimmage in the Patriots loss to the Steelers in Week 15. White lost snaps to running back Rex Burkhead and the Steelers defense has been fantastic at stopping running backs in the passing game. Both of these factors led to another down performance for White. The veteran got off to a fantastic start this season but has really tailed off over the past few games. Over his last five games, White has 20 receptions but for only 168 yards and has not scored a touchdown since Week 9. At this point, White should only be started in PPR-formats and will go up against a Bills defense that he posted 94 total yards with 10 receptions against in Week 8.
2 months ago: James White Has 'Bust' Potential In Week 15
New England Patriots running back James White has been fantastic this season, posting 76 receptions, 1,018 all-purpose yards and 10 total touchdowns. But he could struggle this week against a Steelers defense that is allowing the seventh fewest fantasy points to opposing backs this season. White has been peppered with short passes from quarterback Tom Brady all year but will try and spring free against a Steelers defense that has allowed only 279 receiving yards to running backs all season. The Panthers Christian McCaffrey found success against the Steelers in Week 10 but fantasy owners need to prepare for White's 'bust' potential in Week 15.
2 months ago: James White Musters Only 28 Total Yards In Loss
New England Patriots running back James White carried the ball four times for only 13 carries and added 15 receiving yards in the Patriots 34-33 loss to the Dolphins. White's most ineffective performance comes at a bad time for fantasy owners trying to stay alive in the playoffs. It has been a fantastic season for the veteran running back but this is now his second fantasy dud over his last four games played. The fact that teammate's Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead both are in the mix in the backfield further complicates White's potential moving forward. He still is, by far, the most talented option in the passing game among the running backs but White will have to share snaps for the rest of the season.
3 months ago: James White Looks To Dominate Dolphins One More Time
New England Patriots running back James White will go up against a Dolphins defense that is allowing the fifth most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. White, in particular, enjoyed a strong performance against Miami in Week 4, posting 44 rushing yards, 68 receiving yards on eight receptions and two total touchdowns. That stat line is the highest fantasy total the Dolphins have allowed to a running back in a single game this season and look for the Patriots to feature White once again. The veteran White will have borderline RB1 fantasy value in Week 14.
3 months ago: James White Puts Up 118 Total Yards Against Vikings
New England Patriots running back James White caught seven passes for 92 yards in the Patriots 24-10 win over the Vikings. White also added 26 rushing yards and was a huge asset for quarterback Tom Brady in the passing game. The Vikings defense is a fast and aggressive unit but the Patriots worked hard to get the ball quickly out of Brady's hands and into White's. The veteran running back now has five games this season in which he has posted 90 yards from scrimmage or more. White will try and build off this performance against the Dolphins in Week 14.
3 months ago: James White Looks To Snap Slump In Week 13
New England Patriots running back James White will look to bounce back against a fierce Vikings defense in Week 13. White has 870 all-purpose yards this season with 67 receptions and 10 total touchdowns but is in the midst of a two-game funk. White has posted only 104 total yards over his last two games and has failed to find the end zone. The veteran will now face a Vikings defense that has not allowed a 100-yard rusher yet this season and has allowed only one receiving touchdown since Week 6. The Vikings feature a fast, aggressive defense so expect quarterback Tom Brady to attempt to get the ball out of his hands quickly. This could work in the favor of White's fantasy stat line, especially in PPR-leagues, for Week 13 and the veteran running back will have RB2 value with the fantasy playoffs on the line in many leagues.
3 months ago: James White Produces 78 Total Yards In Win
New England Patriots running back James White carried the ball nine times for 73 yards in the Patriots 27-13 win over the Jets. White ran efficiently, averaging 8.1 yards per carry and even ripped off a 27-yard run in the game. The surprise was White's ineffectiveness in the passing game, catching only one pass for five yards on five targets. The veteran has been deadly catching the ball this season and came into the game with 66 receptions. Fantasy owners should be able to trust White next week against a tough Vikings defense that could be vulnerable in the check-down passing attack in Week 13.
3 months ago: James White Ready To Bounce Back In Week 12
New England Patriots running back James White will be fresh off of the bye week when the team takes on the Jets in Week 12. White is also coming off his worst statistical output of the season when he registered only 26 total yards in Week 10. But the veteran is having a career season with 10 total touchdowns and 792 yards from scrimmage. White will face a Jets defense that is allowing the 14th most fantasy points to opposing running backs, including six touchdowns to the position over their last four games. The Jets have done a solid job of preventing opposing running backs to spring free in the passing game but White's chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady this season has been unmatched. White has plenty of value as a solid RB2 for Week 12.
3 months ago: James White Held To Only 26 Yards From Scrimmage
New England Patriots running back James White dropped his first fantasy dud of the season in Week 10, catching only five passes and registering only 26 yards from scrimmage. The Patriots offense was stifled throughout the team's 34-10 loss to the Titans and White couldn't get anything going on offense. The return of rookie running back Sony Michel kept White out of the running game and he had only one rush for negative-five yards. White has been Mr. Consistent this season in the Patriots offense but this performance is most likely just a blip on the screen. The veteran running back is having a career season and will look to bounce back next week in Week 11.
3 months ago: James White A Must-Start Despite Matchup
New England Patriots running back James White looks to continue the best season of his career in Week 10 against the Titans. White has racked up 766 yards from scrimmage this season with 61 receptions and 10 touchdowns. He has scored in seven out of his nine games played this season but will have tough matchup against a Titans defense that is allowing the fourth fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. The Titans have not allowed a single runner to post more than 70 rushing yards against them this season and have allowed two total touchdowns. The matchup is stiff but White is too good to be banished to the fantasy bench. White needs to be in all lineups and should continue to be very active in the passing game.
4 months ago: James White Scores Two Touchdowns In Patriots Win
New England Patriots running back James White caught six passes for 72 yards while adding 31 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the Patriots 31-17 win over the Packers. White now has six games of 80 yards from scrimmage or more this season and has 10 total touchdowns. He left the action briefly in the first half as he appeared to tweak something in his leg but returned and later scored. The former Super Bowl MVP is having a career season and will try and keep it going next week against the Titans.
4 months ago: James White Will Be X-Factor Against Packers In Week 9
New England Patriots running back James White has been one of the team's top passing target this season with 55 receptions for 459 yards and six receiving touchdowns. He also has 204 rushing yards with two rushing touchdowns and is the top running back in the backfield. White will have a tough matchup against a Packers defense that is allowing the 15th fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. Green Bay has also done a fantastic job limiting running backs to spring loose in the passing game and they have allowed only 202 receiving yards to running backs all season. White has six games of five receptions or more so he still should be able to post a solid stat-line, especially in PPR-leagues this weekend.
4 months ago: James White's 94 Total Yards, One Touchdown Seal Win
New England Patriots running back James White caught a team-high 10 passes for 79 yards and added a rushing touchdown in the Patriots 25-6 win over the Bills. White totaled only 15 rushing yards but none more important than a 1-yard dive for a touchdown to put the game away. In a game when the Patriots ran the ball only 22 times, White was still able to produce in the passing game. White is having a fantastic season and will try and keep it going next week against the Packers.
4 months ago: James White Rises To RB1 Status Against Bills
New England Patriots running back James White is enjoying a renaissance start to his season, totaling 569 yards from scrimmage with 45 receptions and seven touchdowns. The injury to running back Sony Michel should increase White's touches even higher coming into Week 8 against a vulnerable Bills run defense. Buffalo is allowing the 10th most fantasy points to opposing running backs, including nine touchdowns through seven games. The Patriots will utilize practice squad veteran Kenjon Barner to give White a breather at times but expect White to be highly active in the offensive game plan. White will be a low-end RB1 option in Week 8.
4 months ago: James White Racks Up 97 Total Yards, Two Touchdowns
New England Patriots running back James White caught eight passes for 57 yards with 40 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots win in Week 7. The Patriots lost running back Sony Michel early in the game and White, once again, stepped up. It seemed like every time the Patriots needed a first down the veteran was there to make a catch or move between the tackles for some tough yards. With Michel's injury status still unknown, White is a must-start in most fantasy formats heading into Week 8.
4 months ago: James White Should Be Active In Tough Matchup
New England Patriots running back James White will go up against a Bears defense that has allowed the second fewest fantasy points to opposing backs this season. White has been a revelation in the backfield for the Patriots, racking up 149 rushing yards, 323 receiving yards and five total touchdowns. He is quarterback Tom Brady's safety valve in the passing game and continues to produce despite the emergence of rookie Sony Michel. White could be in for a tough day against a Bears defense that has allowed only 117 receiving yards to running backs all season. Despite the tough matchup, there is little doubt White will continue to see plenty of targets in the game. Fantasy owners can start the veteran in Week 7 but White's possible floor in fantasy will be at its lowest it's been all season this Sunday against Chicago.
4 months ago: James White Has Dynamite Matchup Against Chiefs
New England Patriots running back James White has been a godsend for the team's offense through the first month of the season. White already has 32 receptions for 270 yards, four total touchdowns and has been quarterback Tom Brady's favorite target in the first quarter of the season. White will go up against a Chiefs defense that has allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Kansas City has faced nine different running backs this season, through five games, and have allowed each of them to score 10-plus fantasy points. Opposing offenses with dual running backs have shredded the Chiefs, making White an excellent play in fantasy regardless of the emergence of rookie Sony Michel.
5 months ago: James White Delivers Again With 77 Yards, One Touchdown
New England Patriots running back James White caught a team-high 10 passes for 77 yards with one touchdown in the Patriots victory over the Colts. On a night when rookie running back Sony Michel had a breakout performance, White continued to stay active in the Patriots passing game. The veteran has difficulty making defenders miss between the tackles but is a threat in the offense out in the flat. Even with Michel's arrow pointing up in fantasy, White still has plenty of FLEX appeal heading into the team's Week 6 matchup against the Chiefs.
5 months ago: James White Again Should Be Active On Thursday
New England Patriots running back James White is off to a fantastic start to his season, totaling 303 yards from scrimmage with 22 receptions and four total touchdowns through four games. White does not see many carries from the backfield but has been a favorite target of quarterback Tom Brady. He ostensibly has replaced what Dion Lewis provided for the offense in 2017 and White will go up against a Colts defense that has allowed the seventh most fantasy points to opposing backs. The Colts have especially been burned by smaller, shifty running backs who can catch the ball in the passing game. The return of receiver Julian Edelman could steal some targets but White is still a safe play, especially in PPR-formats, for Week 5.
5 months ago: James White Racks Up Two Touchdowns Against Dolphins
New England Patriots running back James White registered 108 total yards, including two touchdowns in the Patriots 38-7 win over the Dolphins. White busted loose for a 22-yard rushing touchdown in the first half and then added a 14-yard catch for his second score of the game. The veteran led the team with eight receptions as he currently is quarterback Tom Brady's most-trusted target. That could change with the impending return of receiver Julian Edelman but White is a huge part of the Patriots offense right now. He will, however, have a tough test on a short week against a surprisingly stingy Colts defense this Thursday.
5 months ago: James White's Value Best Utilized In PPR Formats
New England Patriots running back James White will continue to see his role expand with the news that running back Rex Burkhead has been placed on IR. White has enjoyed an active start to his season, with 14 receptions, two touchdowns and 191 yards from scrimmage. But White struggles to break tackles once he gets the ball and is more of a receiver than a runner from the backfield. He will go up against a Dolphins defense that has allowed the ninth most fantasy points and have already allowed 19 receptions in three games to opposing running backs. White will split snaps with rookie Sony Michel but, in the end, White will be on the field in the most crucial moments of the game. White is no more than a RB3/4 heading into Week 4.
5 months ago: James White Catches Touchdown In Loss
New England Patriots running back James White caught three passes for 14 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown catch in the Patriots 26-10 loss to the Lions. White added 37 rushing yards on only four carries but two of those rushes were huge gains that came in garbage time. White continues to be a stabilizing presence in the Patriots passing game but their offense was shut down by the Lions. Rookie running back Sony Michel is beginning to get more snaps in the offense but an injury to Rex Burkhead (neck) should keep White fantasy viable heading into Week 4 against the Dolphins.
5 months ago: James White Has Fringe Fantasy Value For Week 3
New England Patriots running back James White continues to produce when given opportunities heading into Week 3. White added seven receptions and 84 yards from scrimmage last week and the veteran has the trust of quarterback Tom Brady. Rookie running back Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead could eventually eclipse White's current workload but the Patriots offense is leaning on White right now. Of all the runners in the backfield in Week 3, White has perhaps the most value against a Lions defense that has allowed the fifth most fantasy points to opposing running backs through the first two games.
5 months ago: James White Enjoys Active Week 1 Performance
New England Patriots running back James White racked up 53 all-purpose yards in the Patriots 27-20 win over the Texans in Week 1. White caught four passes out of the backfield for 38 yards and added 18 rushing yards on five carries. With Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel and Jeremy Hill on the opening day roster, it was unclear what White's role would be on the team. But quarterback Tom Brady trusts his veteran teammate implicitly and gave him some opportunities right out of the gate. White isn't fantasy relevant in so much that he has the potential to steal fantasy points from Patriots starters moving forward.
5 months ago: James White Catches Touchdown On Sunday
New England Patriots running back James White had a solid performance on Sunday against the Texans. While Rex Burkhead is the starting back, White still saw solid playing time throughout the day. White finished the day with five rushes for 18 yards, along with four receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown. The running back led the team in targets with nine on the day. With fellow running backs Jeremy Hill and Sony Michel out due to injury, White should continue to see a lot of playing time. It's likely he will continue to find the end zone while the Patriots backfield is thin.
6 months ago: James White Rising Up Week 1 Rankings
New England Patriots running back James White should see plenty of targets Week 1 against the Texans. Running backs Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel are battling respective injuries and White may be the healthiest Patriot runner heading towards Sunday. Burkhead is expected to play at this time but White is certain to get some snaps. The Texans last season were stingy against the run, allowing the 12th fewest fantasy points to the position. But White has proven to be a capable security blanket for Tom Brady and could get involved in the short passing game. White is certainly available in most leagues and could rise all the way up to RB3/4 status heading into the first game of the season.
6 months ago: James White Making The Most Out Of Playing Time
New England Patriots running back James White put together the complete show Thursday night against the Eagles. White ran four times for 31 yards along with six receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown in the first half. The running back is looking for an increased role this year, however, he has a crowded backfield to work around. White will split most of his time with Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel, but we could see Jeremy Hill and Mike Gillislee take a big chunk out of his playing time as well. White should see plenty of touches during the last few weeks of the preseason, even if Burkhead is back, but a healthy New England backfield will limit White's upside during the regular season.
1 year ago: Can James White Repeat Last Year's Super Bowl Performance?
New England Patriots running back James White is only one year removed from 139 total yards and 14 receptions in the Patriots Super Bowl comeback last season against the Falcons. This season White has returned to his complementary role, receiving only 43 carries all season for 171 yards. The veteran running back presents a change of pace for a Patriots offense that will face an Eagles defensive front that allowed the second fewest fantasy points to opposing backs. White should not be expected to play the hero again in this year's Super Bowl but don't count him out to make one big play during Sunday's final matchup.
1 year ago: James White Expected To Play Against Titans
New England Patriots running back James White (ankle) is expected to face the Titans in the Divisional Round on Saturday, according to a source. With both Rex Burkhead (knee) and Mike Gillislee (knee) expected to be inactive, White could have a significant role behind Dion Lewis on passing downs, especially with the Titans possessing a strong run defense. White will be cheap sleeper play in PPR DFS formats this weekend if Burkhead and Gillislee are indeed ruled out Saturday evening.
1 year ago: James White Likely Out on Sunday
New England Patriots running back James White (ankle) is not expected to play against the Bills on Sunday. With the team already down running back Rex Burkhead (knee), the absence of White would mean an increased workload for running back Dion Lewis as well as running back Mike Gillislee, who has played sparingly this season. Both Gillislee and Lewis have a high upside against a Buffalo team that has been atrocious defending opposing backs this season, allowing a league-worst 16 touchdowns on the year.
1 year ago: James White Has Fallen Out Of The Patriots Offensive Plans
New England Patriots running back James White saw five touches in the Patriots 33-8 win over the Raiders. He mustered only 13 yards with this opportunities and is on the outside looking in among the Patriots running back options. Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead have emerged as the runners of choice and White and Gillislee are losing playing time by the second. White was a solid PPR option earlier this season but it is fair to proclaim that he can now be dropped in most leagues.
1 year ago: Hard To Trust James White In Current Patriot Hierarchy
New England Patriots running back James White had his worst performance of the season, posting a very quiet 19 total yards in Week 10. For the most part this season, White has been a productive passing threat out of the backfield for quarterback Tom Brady but has lost playing time recently to Rex Burkhead and Dion Lewis. White has a very favorable matchup this week against a Raiders defense that has been shredded by opposing runners. But Lewis and Burkhead appear to have a hold on the backfield right now, putting White no higher than a touchdown-dependent RB4 for Week 11.
1 year ago: James White Takes Backseat In Patriots Victory
New England Patriots running back James White posted only 18 yards from scrimmage in the Patriots 41-16 blowout win over the Broncos. White only saw three targets in the game and only managed seven rushing yards. White has been the preferred target for quarterback Tom Brady in the passing game lately but he took a backseat to Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead. Moving forward, any runner in the backfield for the Patriots is subject to fantasy skepticism on a week-to-week basis based on the carousel of performers they could turn to at any moment.
1 year ago: James White Has Most Upside Among Crowded Patriots Backfield
New England Patriots running back James White has been a threat in the passing game all season. White leads all Patriot running backs with 43 receptions for 365 yards among a deep group of rushers on the team. This week, White will go up against a Denver Bronco defense that has allowed the fifth fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. They have also not allowed more than 48 receiving yards to a running back all season. White also loses snaps to the crowded backfield of Mike Gillislee, Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead. White is a desperate FLEX play in fantasy for Week 10 despite possessing the most upside.
1 year ago: Running Back James White Leads Patriots With 85 Receiving Yards
Jame White caught five passes for 85 yards as the Patriots beat the Chargers 21-13. White joined running back's Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee to combine for 268 yards of total offense between the four. The Patriots are turning conventional football methods on their head once again and finding different ways to win games. It's tough to really pick anyone out of the Patriots backfield moving forward to have the most fantasy success because all of them handcuff each other's potential.
1 year ago: Not A Strong Matchup For James White
Jame White continues to be deployed in the passing game for the Patriots this season. He has seen only 27 carries in a crowded backfield that includes Mike Gillislee and Dion Lewis. White's is at his best, however, when he is used in the check-down passing game and has 38 receptions for 280 yards and a touchdown. He has seen at least five targets in six of the seven games played this season so he certainly has PPR-value. But the matchup this week doesn't bode well for White's skill set, going up against a Chargers defense that has been gashed on the ground this season. The problem is that they have not allowed a single touchdown reception to a running back this year and have done a decent job bottling up the passing game out of the backfield. White may be the odd man out this week and Lewis may be the one to step up. White is a low-floor FLEX for Week 8.
1 year ago: James White Continues PPR Success
New England Patriots running back James White continued his effective pass catching ways on Thursday night against the Bucs. White had 7 catches during the matchup, accruing 57 yards in the process. After 5 games, White has accumulated 22 receptions on the year which makes him an effective PPR option. Quarterback Tom Brady appears to be favoring the back in terms of targets, often throwing short, dump passes to him. With the way things are going, it doesn't appear that White will fall out of favor with the 40-year old quarterback and should continue to see looks in his direction moving forward.
1 year ago: James White Could Be In Store For A Solid Week
New England Patriots running back James White will look to bounce back from a forgettable Week 3 showing against the Texans. During the matchup against Houston, White caught only one reception for 11 yards. He wasn't impressive running the ball either, racking up a meager 17 yards off of five carries. However, White could see his fantasy effectiveness increase on Sunday against the Panthers. Carolina has given up the forth most receptions to running backs this season, which obviously favors the quasi wide receiver. White can be a stud at times, especially in PPR leagues and has 12 catches on the year. If you are in a bind and looking for a back who has the potential for big games, he could be your guy.
1 year ago: James White A PPR Dream On Sunday
New England Patriots running back James White was a PPR monster in week 2 against the New Orleans Saints. While he didn't see much work running the ball, White finished the day with eight receptions for 85 yards, all while boasting an average of nearly 11 yards per catch. With the team down several key players on the receiving end heading into Sunday, including the absence of wide receiver Danny Amendola (concussion/knee), it was highly likely that White would see more action in the passing game. As the injuries to the team continue to compile, White's fantasy stock is on the rise as the team prepares for a week 3 showdown with the Houston Texans.
1 year ago: James White Could See Even More Snaps In Week 2
New England Patriots running back James White could be in line for increased playing time on Sunday. With wide receiver Danny Amendola (concussion/knee) out of the equation, White could being seeing more looks from quarterback Tom Brady in addition to his rushing responsibilities. With talk of the possibility of White lining up as a slot receiver at times in week 2, the potential for an efficient fantasy outing could be in store for the PPR stud. White was efficient during the week 1 loss to the Chiefs, running the ball 10 times for 38 yards. He also caught 3-of-5 targets from Brady and accumulated 30 receiving yards in the Thursday night matchup. The fantasy upside is there as White could have a spectacular game against a horrendous New Orleans defense.
1 year ago: James White Heavily Involved On Thursday Night
New England Patriots running back James White saw some production during the Thursday night loss to the Chiefs. White handled himself well, rushing 10 times for 38 yards. As expected, he also found himself involved on the receiving end, accumulating 30 yards on three receptions. Though running back Mike Gillislee overshadowed White's production, his effort against Kansas City did not go unnoticed. Things may be looking up for White on the fantasy side of things as well going forward. With wide receivers Julian Edelman (knee), Malcolm Mitchell (knee) and possibly Danny Amendola (concussion) out of the equation, White may find himself even more involved from a fantasy standpoint.
2 years ago: James White Looks To Become A Better Player
New England Patriots running back James White stated that he is "focused on being a better football player." As training camp rolls on, White finds himself in the mix of a very crowded Pats backfield that includes the newly-acquired Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead as well as the habitually injured Dion Lewis. Last season, White filled in nicely for Lewis, who suffered a torn ACL halfway through the season, and as a result, White was rewarded with a contract extension this past offseason. While head coach Bill Belichick has not publicly specified how the running back situation will play out this season, he has acknowledged that there is room for all parties involved. With Gillislee favored to be the new LeGarrette Blount and serve as the primary runner during goal-line situations, Lewis and White will likely split a mix of carries and targets from quarterback Tom Brady. While Lewis will likely see more routine carries, White will see his fair share also as well as receiving opportunities, as he was often utilized last season in a quasi-wide receiver role. Though White has a place on all fantasy rosters this season, especially in PPR leagues, he will gain even more value in the (probable) event that Lewis is injured. As training camp continues, keep an eye on things, as this situation will become even more interesting as we get closer to Week 1.
2 years ago: James White Takes Over Passing Role
New England Patriots running back James White has won over head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady and has unquestionably become the go-to guy in the "passing back" role. He went from playing 30 snaps as a rookie in 2014 to 425 snaps in 2016. White is one of three running backs that are considered locks to make the roster based on their contract status, along with Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead. White had a career-high 60 catches for 551 yards and five touchdowns with the Pats last season. If he consistently sees looks in the passing game in New England despite their crowded backfield, the 25-year-old will be valuable as an RB3/flex play in PPR formats.
2 years ago: James White Scores Three Touchdowns In Super Bowl LI
Patriots running back James White proved to be the hero of Super Bowl LI for New England. Not only did he turn six rushes into 29 yards and two scores, but he easily led the Pats in receiving with 14 receptions, 110 yards and an additional TD. The elusive White had been buried behind LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis on the depth chart toward the end of the regular season and into the playoffs. He only touched the ball five times in New England's prior two playoff matchups, with his 20 Super Bowl touches beating his previous season-high mark of 15 in Week 6. While there isn't a soul out there that can really predict how Bill Belichick will use his RBs, it made sense for White to get a heavy diet of touches after Blount proved to be ineffective as a downhill runner. Dion Lewis was apparently still making up for his two fumbles in the Wild-Card round.
2 years ago: James White Not Seeing Much Action Heading Into Conference Championship
Patriots running back James White only played on 17% of New England's snaps in their divisional round victory over the Texans last week, touching the ball once. Luckily for him and those who rostered him in DFS contests, he turned that one touch into a 19-yard touchdown reception. The re-emergence of Dion Lewis has really pushed White out of the picture, and it isn't as though White was ever going to rack up rushes anyway. Those who want a seriously low-owned long-shot DFS play in New England's potent offense can look to White, but know that the floor is zero.
2 years ago: James White Catches TD On His Lone Touch Of The Game
Patriots running back James White only touched the ball once in New England's 34-16 playoff victory over Houston on Saturday, but at least he made it a 19-yard touchdown reception. Those in DFS playoff formats were likely disappointed by this, but he didn't torpedo you. Dion Lewis is definitely the lead dog in this RB stable right now, especially given the current state of New England's offensive line, but James White's receiving abilities will still rotate in every so often. He won't be a reliable option moving forward, but there are worse Hail Mary plays then a guy who plays in this potent offense.
2 years ago: James White Seeing Drop In Snaps; Still Getting Passing-Down Work
Patriots running back James White has been the least-used RB out of the three lead dogs in New England's stable in each of their final two games of the season, though White's passing-game usage keeps him relevant in deeper PPR formats. He's highly unlikely to rack up more than three carries but seems to be good for at least four targets per game from Tom Brady. In an obvious must-win game (they all are at this point), New England may look to utilize White more as Houston's biggest defensive deficiency comes against RBs catching passes out of the backfield. They rank a paltry 28th in the league, according to Football Outsiders' Defense Adjusted Value Over Average metric in the category, while being at least 17th in every other category. That's quite a gap, and its one that maestro Bill Belichick is likely highly aware of.