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James White

James White

Running Back #28
ADP:Round: 14, Pick: 2
Team: New England Patriots
Ht / Wt:5'9" / 204 lb.
College:Wisconsin
Age:29
Born:February 3, 1992
Drafted:2014 / Rd. 4 (130)
Draft Team:NE

James White: Stays with Patriots

White has agreed to a one-year deal to remain with the Patriots, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: White will thus stick with the team that took him in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Since then, the 29-year-old has established himself as a reliable pass-catching option out of the Patriots' backfield. This past season, White recorded 35 carries for 121 yards and two TDs along with 49 catches on 62 targets for 375 yards and a receiving score over the course of 14 games. While those numbers weren't at the same level as the those he had logged previously, it's plausible that White could see an uptick in production in 2021, given the probability that New England's passing attack will improve due to offseason upgrades in personnel.

March 24, 2021 8:23 AM EST

James White: Likely staying in New England

White is expected to re-sign with New England, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The deal isn't finished, but it sounds like it's just a matter of time. The 29-year-old White figures to reprise his role as New England's pass-catching back, though it's a far less valuable role in the post-Brady era.

March 24, 2021 7:04 AM EST

James White: Catches 49 passes in 2020

White finished the 2020 season with 35 carries for 121 yards and two TDs and 49 catches on 62 targets for 375 yards and a receiving score in 14 games.

Analysis: White's rushing and receiving production both dipped in a season in which the Patriots offense, in particular on the passing side, took a step back, as the team moved on from long-time starting QB Tom Brady. Looking ahead, it's hard to get a read on White's 2021 fantasy outlook, as the one-time PPR stalwart is eligible to become a free agent this offseason. If the 28-year-old does re-sign with New England, a plausible outcome, it remains to be seen who the team's QB will be next season, given that Newton is also on track to become a free agent.

January 5, 2021 10:04 AM EST

James White: Garners seven touches

White rushed four times for 14 yards and caught all three of his targets for 23 yards in Monday night's 38-9 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: White's production wasn't anything special, but he at least ranked second among New England's tailbacks with seven touches, trailing only Sony Michel and his 10. Notably, though, J.J. Taylor gained 38 yards on his six carries, perhaps warranting more totes if Damien Harris (ankle) remains sidelined in Week 17 versus the Jets. In White's favor, however, could be the fact that Jarrett Stidham replaced Cam Newton at quarterback in the third quarter Monday. If Stidham were to start Sunday against New York, a more pass-centric offense could favor White's skill set compared to his peers, perhaps boosting his value to close the campaign.

December 28, 2020 9:14 PM EST

James White: Breaks 50 receiving yards

White collected three yards over a pair of carries, adding four receptions for 52 yards during Sunday's 22-12 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Sony Michel (10 carries) garnered the majority of the Week 15 RB rushing opportunities as Damien Harris (ankle) sat out, while White characteristically filled a notable pass-catching role. The 28-year-old was in the midst of a production slump coming into the weekend, with only five catches for two yards over his preceding three appearances. A 52-yard performance from White supplies his third-highest receiving total of the season, but an approaching Week 16 matchup against Buffalo causes reason for pause, as the division rivals have allowed just one RB receiving touchdown all season.

December 20, 2020 3:04 PM EST

James White: Suits up Sunday

White (foot) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: With fellow running back Damien Harris (ankle) inactive, White and Sony Michel figure to garner added opportunities versus Miami. Though we'd expect Michel to lead the way on early downs, White could see enough change-of-pace/passing-down work Sunday to merit lineup consideration in PPR formats.

December 20, 2020 8:42 AM EST

James White: Expected to be active Sunday

White (foot) is expected to play Sunday against the Dolphins, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Volume has been an issue for White of late, but with fellow running back Damien Harris (ankle) having been ruled out, White (assuming he's active) and Sony Michel figure to have added opportunities in Week 15. While Michel should lead the way on early downs, White could garner enough change-of-pace work Sunday to merit PPR attention.

December 20, 2020 4:54 AM EST

James White: Questionable for Sunday's game

White (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's road game against the Dolphins after being limited at practice this week.

Analysis: White is one of 14 New England players listed as questionable for the contest, though the status of some of that group could be known some time Saturday if the team announces which ones aren't making the trip to Miami. Given White's current level of usage in the team's Cam Newton-led offense, the change-of-pace back's once-stable PPR floor can' be relied upon these days.

December 18, 2020 12:22 PM EST

James White: Limited practice Wednesday

White (foot) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: White was one of 13 players listed as limited by New England on Wednesday, but since he's a newcomer to the team's injury report since last week, his status for Sunday's game against the Dolphins is worth monitoring. That said, considering White's current level of volume in the Patriots' Cam Newton-led offense, he's no longer a PPR plug-and-play.

December 16, 2020 4:05 PM EST

James White: Three carries in Week 14

White carried three times for 16 yards and caught one of his two targets for two yards in Thursday's 24-3 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Given his current volume in the Patriots' Cam Newton-led offense, White's once-stable PPR floor no longer can be relied on. The change-of-pace back's fantasy utility down the stretch will hinge on game flows and while it's possible he'll see more passing targets in the coming weeks, he profiles as a speculative lineup option these days.

December 11, 2020 10:15 AM EST

James White: Unproductive in blowout win

White gained one yard on three receptions in Sunday's 45-0 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: White thrives when the Patriots are trying to overcome a deficit, which is something they didn't face all afternoon. In turn, Damien Harris and Sony Michel both registered double-digit carries, while White's usage was contained. Next week's game against the Rams figures to be a tight matchup between two tough defenses, and it could be tough to depend on White with Michel healthy and being trusted in the offense again.

December 7, 2020 11:48 AM EST

James White: Scores both TDs in Week 12 win

White rushed five times for 18 yards and two touchdowns while catching his lone target for minus-1 yard in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: White took a 4th-and-2 pitch to the house from seven yards out for New England's first points, then found the end zone again from one yard out to take a 17-10 third-quarter lead. His nose for the end zone made up for a surprising lack of involvement in the passing game, but White was the only running back to see a target from quarterback Cam Newton. With Rex Burkhead (knee) on IR, White should remain involved on passing situations while mixing in near the goal line in Week 13 against the Chargers and beyond.

November 29, 2020 1:46 PM EST

James White: Gets 11 touches with Burkhead hurt

White rushed five times for 19 yards and caught six of nine targets for 64 yards in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: Rex Burkhead (knee) was carted off, per Darren Hartwell of Yahoo Sports, leaving White with a near monopoly on pass-catching duties out of the backfield as New England tried to climb out of a second-half hole. White set a new season best with 84 scrimmage yards while tying his season high in targets, and Burkhead's expected absence in Week 12 should leave White with a prominent role in passing situations against the Cardinals. Damien Harris and possibly Sony Michel (quad) should get most of the work on the ground, but neither can hold a candle to White's pass-catching ability.

November 22, 2020 1:58 PM EST

James White: Catches two passes in Week 10

White caught both of his targets for eight yards in Sunday's 23-17 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: White, who logged 10 of a possible 58 snaps on offense, didn't record a carry Sunday, as the team leaned on Damien Harris (22 carries for 121 yards) and Rex Burkhead (six carries for 31 yards and four catches for 35 yards and two TDs) in a contest affected by windy and rainy conditions. While future game scripts and game flows should yield more productive days for White going forward, his fantasy floor these days is limited by his minimal involvement as a rusher and his modest volume of late in the team's passing game, an area where Burkhead has carved out a role.

November 16, 2020 11:15 AM EST

James White: Catches four passes Monday

White carried twice for zero yards and caught four of his five targets for 24 yards in Monday's 30-27 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Six games into his 2020 campaign, White has made a minimal impact as a ball-carrier, logging 16 carries for 51 yards in that span. While his numbers are down from past seasons in the team's Cam Newton-led attack, the 28-year-old change-of-pace back does still retain some value in PPR formats, having recorded 25 catches on 30 targets for 195 yards to date.

November 10, 2020 11:47 AM EST

James White: Two catches in fourth straight loss

White rushed twice for no gain and caught two of four targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: White isn't making much of an impact for a Patriots offense that's averaging only 12.3 points per game during the team's four-game losing streak. A Week 9 matchup with the winless Jets should help boost White's outlook, but he's still searching for his first touchdown of 2020 after scoring 12 in 2018 and six last year.

November 1, 2020 3:24 PM EST

James White: Quiet in Week 7

White caught his only target for three yards in Sunday's 33-6 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: White, who didn't log a carry in the contest, was only on the field for 10 snaps Sunday after missing practice both Wednesday and Thursday for non-injury reasons. The Patriots offense was out of sync for most of the contest and White, who had logged 15 catches over his previous two games, was surprisingly a non-factor. He'll look to bounce back in Week 8 against the Bills, but New England's offense looked so sluggish against the 49ers that it can't be assumed a strong bounce-back is in order for the change-of-pace ace.

October 26, 2020 9:37 AM EST

James White: Returns to practice

White (not injury-related) was back at practice Friday, Andrew Callahan of The Boston Herald reports.

Analysis: White returned to the practice field Friday after two consecutive absences. He's therefore on track to continue to handle his usual change-of-pace role Sunday against the 49ers. White's only averaging four carries through three games to date, but he's maintained PPR relevance by hauling in 18 of his 20 targets for 133 yards in that span.

October 23, 2020 9:40 AM EST

James White: Misses practice again Thursday

White (non-injury related) remained absent from practice Thursday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: White's status is thus worth monitoring in advance of this weekend's game against the 49ers. The Patriots' change-of-pace ace made a mark in PPR formats in Week 6 by carrying four times for eight yards and catching eight of his nine targets for 65 yards in this past Sunday's 18-12 loss to Denver.

October 22, 2020 9:56 AM EST

James White: Eight catches as Newton struggles

White rushed four times for eight yards and caught eight of nine targets for 65 yards in Sunday's 18-12 loss to Denver.

Analysis: White accounted for all of New England's receiving production in the first quarter with three catches for 29 yards, and he ended up leading the team in targets, catches and receiving yards on a dismal passing day for quarterback Cam Newton (157 yards, two interceptions). If Newton's inability to push the ball downfield accurately persists against the 49ers in Week 7, White should maintain a significant role in the passing game as a check-down option out of the backfield.

October 18, 2020 3:08 PM EST

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