It took Dion Lewis suffering a torn ACL in Week 9 for James White to become Fantasy relevant, but he played a solid role for the Patriots down the stretch last season. And now his outlook will be determined by Lewis' health coming into the year. He's expected to be ready for Week 1, but if he's limited or out it's clear New England -- and Fantasy owners - can lean on White. In the final seven games of the season, White scored double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league three times and at least eight points in five outings. He also had at least four catches in four of those games over that span. We're not sure if you need to handcuff Lewis and White, but it might not be a bad idea since both proved to be valuable in New England once Lewis got hurt. On his own, White is worth a late-round flier in all PPR leagues.
White was on the field for 47 of the Patriots' 83 offensive snaps in Sunday's 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In the process, White carried the ball five times for 11 yards, while catching five passes for 45 yards in the contest. Following the season-ending injury to Dion Lewis, White emerged as the Patriots' primary pass-catching back, en route hauling in 40 passes for 410 yard and four TDs, to go along with 22 carries for 56 yards and two rushing TDs in 14 games. With Lewis on track to return from his torn ACL, White's role with the Patriots in 2016 has yet to be clarified, especially given that LeGarrette Blount is slated to become a free agent and the team is likely to make some personnel changes at the running back position this offseason.
White was on the field for 42 of the Patriots' 59 offensive snaps in Saturday's 27-20 playoff win over the Chiefs, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. With the Patriots' going with a pass-first approach in the contest, White topped the team's backfield in snaps, though he only ended up with one carry for five yards and two catches (on three targets) for 39 yards in the process. Meanwhile, the team's top power back, Steven Jackson, saw 17 snaps, carrying six times for 16 yards. While White's carries figure to be limited again next weekend, there's a solid chance that he'll see more targets in the team's passing offense next Sunday against either the Steelers or Broncos.
White was on the field for 23 of the Patriots' 60 snaps on offense in Sunday's 20-10 loss to the Dolphins, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. White carried three times for five yards in the game, while catching two passes for 63 yards, including a 68-yard catch-and-run. Meanwhile, Steven Jackson was on the field for 24 snaps, while Brandon Bolden was out there for 17, while also seeing special teams work. Heading into the playoffs, we'd expect Jackson to see a good chunk of the team's early-down work, while White is on track to remain the team's primary pass-catching back in a Patriots offense that figures to be more aggressive in terms of throwing the ball once the team resumes action following a first-round bye.
White was on the field for 22 of the Patriots' 56 snaps on offense in Sunday's 26-20 overtime loss to the Jets, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In the process, White ran twice for four yards and caught five passes on five targets for 28 yards and a TD. White's role as the Patriots' top pass-catching back figures to remain stable in the coming weeks, with his production and in turn, fantasy utility, game plan and game flow dependent. Meanwhile, "big backs" Brandon Bolden and Steven Jackson are on hand to handle the bulk of the team's early-down work, which ensures that White is of more interest in PPR leagues than standard scoring formats.
White caught seven of eight targets for 71 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's win over the Titans. He also rushed once for six yards. The Patriots split the backfield snaps fairly evenly between White (23), Brandon Bolden (29) and Joey Iosefa (19), according to ESPN.com, with the latter actually leading the team in rushing with 51 yards on 14 carries. White continues to be the clear passing-down back, and he could be heavily used in Week 16 against the Jets, who are allowing the fewest rushing yards per game and have allowed the fewest rushing touchdowns this season.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/20||@San Francisco 49ers||32||22.88|
|12||11/28||@New York Jets||3||13.13|
|13||12/04||Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|16||12/24||New York Jets||3||13.13|
|3 Year Avg||16||47||1||22||216||2||43|