James White
James White
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
New England Patriots
2018 Fantasy Outlook
While White's numbers last year were similar to his 2016 performance, his efficiency actually took a step backward as his yards per catch was his lowest since he first took on a major role in the New England backfield. His role also diminished as the season progressed. He caught at least seven passes in three of the first five games, but no more than four in a game after a Week 9 bye. White doesn't stand out as a ballcarrier, but his smooth routes and soft hands have made him a dependable option for Tom Brady the last three years. The front office continues to keep the pantry fully stocked in the backfield - Dion Lewis is gone, but in his place are Jeremy Hill and first-round pick Sony Michel, the latter of whom represents the biggest threat to White's snaps. If Michel eventually proves himself as a three-down option, White's target volume can't help but decline. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension ($4.69 million guaranteed) with the Patriots in April of 2017. Contract runs through the 2020 season.
Leading receiver in Week 2 loss
RBNew England Patriots
September 16, 2018
White rushed four times for 11 yards and caught seven of eight targets for 73 yards in Sunday's 31-20 loss to Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
White ended up leading the team targets, catches and receiving yards, as Tom Brady found himself checking the ball down early and often against the vaunted Jacksonville pass rush. Rookie Sony Michel (10 carries, two targets) and Rex Burkhead (six carries) were also involved, but White appears to be New England's receiving back of choice. That role should bear plenty of fruit given the Patriots' past success in passing situations.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    70
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
427
13
2017
384
6
2018
70
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   5' 10"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   205 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.57 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   4.20 sec
GOOD
Cone Drill:   7.05 sec
WEAK
Arm Length:   29.25 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   8.25 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   32 in
WEAK
Broad Jump:   114 in
WEAK
Bench Press:   23 reps
GOOD
New England Patriots Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
The 2014 fourth-round pick finally began to gain the confidence of Tom Brady and the Patriots' coaching staff last year, after barely seeing the field as a rookie and getting minimal snaps on offense in 2015. Even before his huge performance in the Super Bowl, the result was career-high numbers nearly across the board, as well as third-place finishes in both receptions and receiving yards among all NFL running backs. Even Dion Lewis' return in Week 11 didn't slow him down, as White caught at least three passes in every regular-season game after Lewis was back in the lineup. At 5-10, 205, White is perhaps a touch too small to be a reliable early down option, and he lacks the speed or power to make a consistent impact on the ground. However, his sure hands and sharp route-running have endeared him to Brady, and he has the elusiveness and balance to pick up extra yards after the catch. The competition for touches will be cutthroat between Lewis, Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee and White, but the latter may well be the most consistent week-to-week performer of the bunch, given his apparently secure role on passing downs.
Following the season-ending knee injury to surprising 2015 success story Dion Lewis, White emerged as the Patriots' primary pass-catching back, en route to 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' recovery from his torn ACL stalled in advance of the coming season, White's role with the Patriots in 2016 should be key as long as Lewis is out. With that in mind, look for White to pick up some added carries out of the gate this season, but look for the team's power backs, notably LeGarrette Blount, to see most of the team's early-down work. Still, in the New England offense, the team's primary pass-catching back tends to see a decent amount of targets, a situation that vaults White to immediate relevance in PPR formats.
With the Patriots having parted ways with Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley since last season, there are some opportunities in the team’s 2015 backfield. While LeGarrette Blount (who will miss Week 1 due to a suspension) and Jonas Gray are the team’s primary power backs, White is a candidate to help fill the pass-catching void created by the departure of Vereen. As a rookie, the 2014 fourth-rounder out of Wisconsin suited up for just three regular season games, recording nine carries for 38 yards and catching five passes for 23 yards. Keep in mind that as a rookie in 2011, Vereen carried just 15 times for 57 yards and did not catch a pass, so it’s far to early to write White off despite his quiet first pro season. He’ll contend with the likes of Travaris Cadet, Brandon Bolden, Tyler Gaffney and Dion Lewis for third-down/change-of-pace work, but a strong training camp/preseason could put White in a position to see a major increase in snaps this season, a scenario that could provide him with PPR utility.
An impressive and multitalented back out of Wisconsin, the compact White lacks ideal size and speed for an NFL starter, but is an accomplished receiver out of the backfield. He rushed for more than six yards per carry in his junior and senior seasons, totaling 25 touchdowns in that span, which was enough for the Pats to spend a fourth-round pick to acquire his services. However, White's fantasy utility this year will hinge on the health of third-down back Shane Vereen and the ball security of Stevan Ridley. He's not well suited to a three-down role, but Bill Belichick can surely find a use for White as a change-of-pace back.
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Logs TD in Week 1
RBNew England Patriots
September 10, 2018
White logged 36 out of a possible 75 snaps on offense in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Texans, en route to rushing five times for 18 yards and hauling in four of his nine targets for 38 yards and a TD.
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Makes a mark Thursday night
RBNew England Patriots
August 17, 2018
White carried four times for 31 yards and caught all six of his targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 37-20 preseason win over the Eagles.
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Could lose targets to Michel
RBNew England Patriots
April 30, 2018
First-round draft choice Sony Michel is slated to join White, Jeremy Hill, Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee in the Patriots' 2018 backfield.
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Scores two touchdowns in divisional round
RBNew England Patriots
January 13, 2018
White (ankle) rushed for 11 yards and a touchdown on four carries and caught four of seven targets for 29 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 35-14 win over the Titans in the divisional round.
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Active Saturday
RBNew England Patriots
January 13, 2018
White (ankle) is active for Saturday's divisional-round game against the Titans.
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