White caught two passes for five yards on five targets, adding one yard on three carries, in Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Broncos. White was badly outplayed by Brandon Bolden, who caught all four of his targets for 84 yards and a touchdown, adding another 11 yards on four carries. White still had a comfortable advantage over Bolden in snaps, leading 31 to 15, with LeGarrette Blount handling 27, according to Pro Football Focus. Bolden may have earned himself a bit more work, but White still figures to have a sizable role in Week 13 against the Eagles.
White caught his lone target for six yards and had just one carry for five yards in Sunday's 27-26 win over the Giants. It's a little surprising that White had just one target in game in which Tom Brady attempted 42 passes. White will probably have some decent games along the way, with Dion Lewis (ACL) no longer in the picture, but Sunday's usage is not encouraging. On the bright side, Brandon Bolden did not carry the ball and failed to catch his lone target. If you need to use White next week, he and the Patriots will play the Bills at home.
In the wake of Dion Lewis' season-ending knee injury, White is viewed by ESPN's Mike Reiss as "the top candidate" to see his role in the Patriots' offense expand. Specifically, look for White -- who was a healthy scratch in Week 9 -- to absorb a large chunk of "passing back" role in the Patriots' offense that Lewis had handled so adeptly. It's a role he filled in Week 7 when Lewis was last sidelined. Meanwhile, LeGarrette Blount will continue to handle the heavy lifting in the Patriots' backfield, with the versatile Brandon Bolden also on hand to serve in a complementary role in the offense, in addition to serving as a key special-teamer.
White, who was a healthy scratch Sunday against Washington, may see an expanded role in the Patriots' offense if Dion Lewis is forced to miss time, the Boston Herald reports. The extent of Lewis' knee injury has yet to be revealed, but if he is forced to miss time beyond Sunday, look for White to see change-of-pace opportunities (along with Brandon Bolden) behind LeGarrette Blount, a potential outcome that would lead to some PPR utility for White.
White is inactive for Sunday's game against Washington. White is off the fantasy radar as long as the Patriots' top pass-catching back, Dion Lewis, remains healthy.
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