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James White

James White

Running Back #28
ADP:Round: 10, Pick: 6
Team: New England Patriots
Ht / Wt:5'9" / 204 lb.
College:Wisconsin
Age:28
Born:February 3, 1992
Drafted:2014 / Rd. 4 (130)
Draft Team:NE

James White: Ready for leadership role

White says he will be more vocal now that the Patriots don't have Tom Brady as a leader in the locker room, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.

Analysis: White enters his seventh NFL season as a team captain, with 301 of his 322 career receptions coming from Brady's right arm. The transition to catching passes from Jarrett Stidham and/or Brian Hoyer may come with some bumps, but White remains a good bet to average at least five or six targets per game. It's also possible he sees a bit more work on the ground, though Sony Michel (ankle), Rex Burkhead and Damien Harris also will be battling for carries. Michel is recovering from May foot surgery, with early reports suggesting he isn't looking at a long-term absence. White is locked in as the top backfield choice for clear passing situations, averaging 63 catches for 557 yards and 4.8 TDs over the past five years.

June 15, 2020 7:42 AM EST

James White: Produces as pass-catcher

White carried the ball once for 14 yards in the team's Wild-Card Round loss to the Titans. He added five receptions for 62 yards.

Analysis: White led the Patriots in both receptions and yards, providing a spark for the offense that was otherwise lacking. Notably, White accounted for three of the team's six longest plays, highlighted by a 29-yard screen pass on the first possession of the game. White once again proved to be a weapon as a pass-catcher throughout the campaign, totaling 645 yards and five scores through the air. Though less productive on the ground, he's carved out a clear niche in the Patriots' offense, though that could come to an end as he is set to hit the open market this offseason.

January 4, 2020 9:16 PM EST

James White: Receiving TD in Week 17 loss

White rushed twice for four yards and secured all three targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 27-24 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: White played a typically minor role in the running game, but he salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective with his fifth receiving score of the season in the fourth quarter. The versatile back will look finished the regular season with multiple catches in all but one of his 15 games and will look to play his usual complementary role in next weekend's Wild Card matchup against the Texans.

December 29, 2019 7:19 PM EST

James White: Catches four passes Saturday

White logged 33 of a possible 73 snaps on offense in Saturday's 24-17 win over the Bills, en route to carrying three times for five yards and catching four of his five targets for 24 yards.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Sony Michel ran 21 times for 96 yards, adding a five-yard reception and Rex Burkhead ran five times for 20 yards and a TD, while catching four passes for 77 yards. Burkhead's increased involvement in the passing game Saturday cut into White's production, but looking ahead to Week 17 and the playoffs, White, who remains a trusted target of QB Tom Brady, should see enough targets to merit PPR consideration.

December 22, 2019 10:37 AM EST

James White: Nabs receiving touchdown

White caught three of four targets for 49 yards and a touchdown and added 13 yards on three carries during Sunday's 34-13 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: White got New England on the board early in the first quarter, taking a quick screen for a 23-yard touchdown as he twisted and turned through Cincinnati's defense. White now has three receiving touchdowns in December after just two total touchdowns in his first 11 games and a general late-November lull in production. The storyline in New England has been that Tom Brady lacks trust in the majority of his potential targets. White and Julian Edelman may be the only exceptions and so expect Brady to look the veteran back's way plenty down the stretch. Next ups is a Buffalo defense that White nabbed eight passes against for 57 yards in Week 4.

December 15, 2019 3:02 PM EST

James White: Leads backfield in loss

White carried the ball six times for 33 yards and caught five of seven targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Despite the modest numbers, White was the most consistent member of the Patriots' backfield on the afternoon -- Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden combined for only 33 rushing yards on 13 carries, although Bolden did find the end zone. White will try to take advantage of another plus matchup in Week 15 on the road against the Bengals' porous defense.

December 8, 2019 6:39 PM EST

James White: Puts up monster line in defeat

White rushed 14 times for 79 yards and caught eight passes (11 targets) for 98 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 28-22 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: New England's offense was stagnant for nearly three quarters, but White caught fire in the fourth and finished with a monstrous fantasy performance. The receiving specialist did most of his damage in the passing game, but it is worth noting that he also finished with more carries than early-down back, Sony Michel, for just the second time this season. Game flow likely dictated this unusual carry split, but White could be in store for a similar workload next Sunday against the Chiefs in the event the Patriots are playing from behind early similar to this week's contest.

December 1, 2019 9:46 PM EST

James White: Just two carries Sunday

White logged 21 of a possible 70 snaps on offense in Sunday's 13-9 win over the Cowboys, en route to carrying twice for five yards and catching one pass (on three targets) In for minus-six yards.

Analysis: In rainy conditions at Foxborough on Sunday, lead back Sony Michel recorded 20 carries for 85 yards, while QB Tom Brady was limited to 17 completions and 190 passing yards. White thus turned in his second straight low-impact outing, following a previous string of PPR-worthy efforts. He'll no doubt have games going forward where he's more involved in the Patriots' passing attack, but with Rex Burkhead also in the team's change-of-pace mix, White's fantasy utility down the stretch will largely depend on weekly game-scripts and score-dictated game flows.

November 25, 2019 9:09 AM EST

James White: Minimal impact against Eagles

White carried the ball five times for 20 yards and caught four of seven targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Eagles. He also ran for a two-point conversion.

Analysis: The two-pointer helped salvage what was otherwise a quiet performance, as White produced his fewest scrimmage yards since Week 2. The running back has seen at least five targets in six of the last seven games, however, and his steady role in the passing game gives him a solid PPR floor heading into next week's tilt against the Cowboys.

November 17, 2019 6:48 PM EST

James White: Significant receiving role in win

White rushed twice for minus-1 yard but secured all nine of his targets for 46 yards in the Patriots' 35-14 win over the Giants on Thursday.

Analysis: White saw plenty of opportunity in the passing game with Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) inactive and Josh Gordon (knee) exiting the contest early. The veteran running back has logged a combined 28 targets over the last three games, reconfirming his key role as an outlet option in the offense. He'll look to continue offering solid value in PPR formats when the Patriots face off with the Jets in Week 7 a week from Monday.

October 10, 2019 9:34 PM EST

James White: Six carries, six catches in Week 5

White rushed six times for 26 yards and caught six of nine targets for 46 yards in Sunday's 33-7 win over the Redskins.

Analysis: White tied Julian Edelman for the team lead in targets, edging out Josh Gordon by one. The receiving specialist also set a new season high in carries, perhaps because third-stringer Rex Burkhead (foot) was unavailable to fill his usual change-of-pace role behind White and Sony Michel. With wide receiver Phillip Dorsett leaving this game due to a hamstring injury, the trio of White, Edelman and Gordon represent the clear-cut top options in New England's passing game heading into Thursday's game against the Giants.

October 6, 2019 2:23 PM EST

James White: Gobbles up checkdowns in return

White rushed once for one yard and caught eight of 10 targets for 57 yards in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Bills.

Analysis: White led the team in targets, catches and yards, as Tom Brady found himself checking down often with Buffalo's secondary blanketing New England's wide receivers. The running back is a strong PPR option thanks to his receiving ability out of the backfield, but White is rarely called upon to do much on the ground. After a collective dud here, the entire Patriots offense should be significantly better in Week 5 against the underwhelming Washington defense.

September 29, 2019 2:32 PM EST

James White: Back in action

White is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: White missed last weekend's game against the Jets with his wife expecting to give birth to the couple's child, but he'll be back in action Sunday, and is thus poised to reclaim his key role as a pass-catcher out of the New England backfield.

September 29, 2019 8:54 AM EST

James White: Inactive Sunday

White is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets, with his wife expecting to give birth to the couple's child.

Analysis: With White unavailable for Sunday's contest, look for Rex Burkhead to assume a larger role in Patriots' Week 3 offense, as he figures to absorb a portion of White's change-of-pace duties behind lead back Sony Michel.

September 22, 2019 8:36 AM EST

James White: Slated to miss Week 3

White is in line to miss Sunday's game against the Jets with his wife expecting to give birth to the couple's child, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The report comes as a late surprise ahead of Sunday's 1 p.m. EDT kickoff after there was no indication heading into the weekend that White's availability for Week 3 was in any jeopardy. With the 27-year-old set to leave the team to spend time with his expanding family, Rex Burkhead should handle the majority of the passing-down work usually reserved for White. Rookie Damien Harris could also see an elevated snap count as the third option behind Burkhead and top rusher Sony Michel.

September 22, 2019 6:16 AM EST

James White: Quiet besides late TD

White rushed three times for 10 yards and caught three of four targets for 19 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 43-0 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: It looked like White was about to throw in a dud, but a 10-yard receiving touchdown with 2:10 remaining in the fourth quarter salvaged his day. He ceded the majority of backfield work to Sony Michel (85 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries), and volume could be an issue moving forward with new addition Antonio Brown soaking up a large share of targets in the passing game -- he had a team-high eight targets in this one -- and Michel carrying the load on the ground.

September 15, 2019 2:19 PM EST

James White: Gains 72 total yards

White carried the ball four times for 26 yards, also chipping in five receptions (seven targets) for 56 yards in Sunday's 33-3 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Sony Michel got the bulk of the rushing work (15 carries) as expected, leaving White to do most of his damage as a receiver. The 27-year-old should continue to serve the receiving back role for an offense that loves completing short passes to playmakers in space. White's skill set definitely lends itself better to PPR formats, making him flex-worthy in those formats against an inexperienced Dolphins defense next Sunday.

September 8, 2019 11:14 PM EST

James White: Big pass-catching role on tap

While lead back Sony Michel has displayed improved pass-catching ability in training camp, White "is going to be the guy in passing situations," Jeff Howe of the Athletic reports.

Analysis: Howe adds, "though it might not be prevalent in the preseason, look for a heavy dose of two-back packages to help the Patriots field the best possible collection of five skill players." White is coming off a 2018 campaign in which he logged 94 carries for 425 yards and five TDs and a PPR-friendly 87 catches on 123 targets for 751 yards and seven receiving scores in 16 games. While Michel's perch atop the team's running back depth chart is secure when he's healthy, and versatile Rex Burkhead along with rookie Damien Harris are in the mix for complementary touches, White is poised to continue to excel in his usual change-of-pace role, thanks to the trust he's earned from QB Tom Brady and the team's coaching staff. It's a playing context that gives the 27-year-old a solid floor in PPR-heavy scoring formats.

August 16, 2019 9:54 AM EST

James White: Receives $250k bonus

White will receive a $250,000 bonus to make up for a contract incentive he narrowly missed in 2018, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Coming off the best campaign of his career, White looks like a major bargain for the Patriots heading into the second season of a three-year, $12 million contract. The team will give him the bonus as a show of goodwill, perhaps hoping to ease the negotiation process if there's discussion of an extension next offseason. Backfield mate Sony Michel may be ready for more receiving work in his second pro season, but there's little question White will continue to serve as the top running back for clear passing situations.

March 20, 2019 6:42 AM EST

James White: Quiet effort in Super Bowl

White carried twice for four yards and caught one of his four targets for five yards in Sunday's 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

Analysis: The game-flow that ran through the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in NFL history did not favor an abundance of touches for White, who caught a staggering 15 passes against the Chargers in the divisional round of the playoffs. Looking ahead, the 27-year-old is slated to remain a key cog in the Patriots offense, with the 2014 fourth-rounder under contract with New England through the 2020 campaign. White is thus set to reprise his change-of-pace role with the team in 2019, an assignment that yielded 94 carries for 425 yards and five TDs on the ground and a PPR-friendly 87 catches on 123 targets for 751 yards and seven receiving scores in 16 games this past season.

February 4, 2019 9:13 AM EST

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