White carried three times for 17 yards and caught four of five targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 26-10 win over the Rams. Meanwhile, fellow RB Dion Lewis carried the ball five times for 27 yards and caught four passes (on five targets) for 11 yards, while power back LeGarrette Blount logged an 18/88/1 stat line in the contest. In his current context of sharing change-of-pace snaps with Lewis, White's PPR upside is modest these days.
White was on the field for 26 of 73 snaps on offense in the Patriots' 22-17 win over the Jets on Sunday, en route to catching four passes (on nine targets) for 22 yards, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. Meanwhile power back LeGarrette Blount turned his 27 snaps into 11 carries for 67 yards and Dion Lewis saw 23 snaps, while carrying the ball six times for 24 yards and catching four passes (on seven targets) for 34 yards. In his current role splitting change-of-pace snaps with Lewis, White's utility in PPR formats is modest.
White caught all six of his targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-17 win at San Francisco. Dion Lewis, making his season debut, was actually on the field for the Patriots first offensive snap, but he finished the game with just three receptions on four targets for 26 yards, and did not score. Lewis did look shifty and quick with the ball in his hands, however. White has established himself as a reliable pass-catching back, but Lewis is a talented player in his own right and will see action moving forward, especially if his surgically-repaired knee holds up. The bottom line is that it's a great problem for New England to have, but not so much for fantasy owners. If you need White next week, he will face the Jets on the road.
White was on the field for 29 of 67 snaps on offense in the Patriots' 31-24 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In the process, he carried twice for five yards and caught all four of his targets for 32 yards. With Dion Lewis inactive, White remained the team's primary pass-catching back Sunday, but the Patriots' Week 10 ground game was paced by the power running of LeGarrette Blount, who logged 37 snaps en route to carrying 21 times for 69 yards and all three of the team's TDs. Looking ahead, while Lewis may not be an immediate threat to supplant White as the Patriots' top change-of-pace back, once Lewis is reintroduced to the team's lineup, his presence is more likely to impact White's workload/touches than Blount's.
Coach Bill Belichick suggested Friday that Dion Lewis, who is on track to be activated to the Patriots' 53-man roster this week, is not an immediate threat to supplant White as the team's top pass-catching back, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. "I think James White is a good player. What he does is good. Could somebody do it better? I don't know. But it would take quite a bit, I would say, based on where he is and how consistent he's been with what he's done," Belichick noted Friday. "It would take somebody playing pretty good to be better than him." While Lewis could carve out a key role in the Patriots' offense down the stretch, he's bouncing back from a major knee injury, so we'd expect the team to work him back in slowly. White's window of fantasy utility in PPR formats will thus stay open for the time being, while LeGarrette Blount remains entrenched as the Patriots' top power back.
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