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James White | Running Back | #28

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (24) / 2/3/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 205
College: Wisconsin
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 4 (130) / NE
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James White rushed three times for 12 yards in New England's Week 3 win over the Texans, catching 1-of-2 targets for two yards.
White got out-touched 24-4 by LeGarrette Blount, and now has only 87 yards through three games, 44 of which came in Week 1. White is the Patriots' clear-cut passing down back, but it isn't translating to RB3 value in PPR leagues. Sep 23 - 12:10 AM

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James White rushed four times for 19 yards in New England's Week 2 win over the Dolphins, adding two catches for 10 additional yards.

White drew only four targets in the passing game. With the Pats committed to a shell offense following Jimmy Garoppolo's shoulder injury, LeGarrette Blount monopolized backfield snaps. That's likely to remain the case on Thursday against the Texans, though White should be one of the primary safety valves for No. 3 QB Jacoby Brissett. He still has RB3 value in PPR leagues.
Sep 18 - 5:09 PM

James White rushed once for four yards and caught five-of-seven targets for 40 yards in the Patriots' Week 1 win over the Cardinals.

White was mostly ignored in the run game but served his usual role as the Patriots’ passing-down back and looked pretty good doing it. His longest gain of the night came on a 21-yard screen in the first quarter. White’s value is limited to PPR leagues but he should see his fair share of targets next week against the Dolphins.
Sep 12 - 12:29 AM

James White rushed three times for two yards in the Patriots' third preseason game Friday night.

White failed to catch his only target. He was not heavily involved Friday, but White was clearly the third-down back of choice even with Tyler Gaffney and LeGarrette Blount battling it out for early-down work. White is not on the same level as Dion Lewis (knee), but he should have some PPR value while Lewis is sidelined.
Aug 26 - 10:23 PM

James White is expected to open the season as the Patriots' primary passing-game back.

This results from Dion Lewis' second knee surgery, which will likely keep him on reserve/PUP for the first six games. Lewis should be scratched off draft boards in most leagues. White becomes an intriguing mid- to late-round pick in PPR drafts after he piled up 37 catches in the Patriots' final eight games last year, including the playoffs. We would recommend against overdrafting White, however, as he may begin to go off the board aggressively immediately following the Lewis news. White will have to play his first four games with Jimmy Garoppolo and is a major talent downgrade from Lewis. He'll be a low-end RB2/flex option to open the season in PPR, but has next to no value in standard leagues.
Aug 21 - 2:00 PM

The Boston Globe's Ben Volin suggests James White could be pushed off the roster by UDFA rookie D.J. Foster.

White had some moments as a PPR play in fantasy leagues last year, but his on-field performance was at best replacement level. He was ineffective between the tackles (2.5 YPC) and doesn't play on special teams. Volin conceded that this would be his "way-too-early roster projection," but it's worth filing away. Foster is a running back/slot receiver hybrid with a cheaper salary.
Aug 2 - 8:15 PM

James White caught 5-of-16 targets for 45 yards in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game loss, adding five rushes for 11 yards.

White was the Patriots' most targeted pass catcher on a day where Tom Brady had no time to throw. White wasn't just targeted on dumpoffs, drawing multiple deep shots down the sideline, a la Shane Vereen. White was competent after replacing Dion Lewis this season, but wasn't an effective part of the Pats' game plan today. White made himself reasonably useful down the stretch, but is part of a backfield in major flux. It will depend on Lewis' health, but we wouldn't consider White a 2016 roster lock.
Jan 24 - 7:26 PM

James White caught 2-of-3 targets for 39 yards in the Patriots' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.

He added a five-yard rush. The Pats didn't bother to establish a running game today, so it was a bit surprising White was targeted on only three of Tom Brady's 42 passes. We'd expect more looks in next Sunday's AFC Championship Game.
Jan 16 - 8:46 PM

James White caught 2-of-3 targets for 63 yards and rushed three times for five yards Week 17 against the Dolphins.

White did not get many opportunities as the Patriots attempted to ride the running game, but he made easily the biggest play of the Patriots' day. White took a short pass 68-yards to set up New England inside the 10 early in the third quarter. Steven Jackson scored the Patriots' only touchdown of the game on a two-yard rush two plays later. White's workload is game-flow dependent, but he carries a decent touchdown chance every week. He will be an interesting DFS punt in the Divisional Round.
Jan 3 - 4:37 PM

James White caught 5-of-5 targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 16 loss to the Jets.

He added two carries for four yards. The touchdown was White's sixth in six games, while he now has 26 receptions over his past four contests. Even with Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman both likely to be ready for the playoffs, White will continue to play a critical role on offense. He'll be an intriguing Week 17 DFS option against the Dolphins' embarrassingly bad defense.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 04:31:00 PM

Patriots OC Josh McDaniels said James White has been a "dependable" option.

"I think everyone trusts James to do his job well on every play," McDaniels said, "and when he has had his opportunities he’s really made the most of them, to his credit." Bill Belichick and Tom Brady also had nice things to say about their new "sub back," a position which should be important down the stretch with the early-down role uncertain. White has at least five targets in the last four games and should play a big role against the Jets' stout front. He will be a solid RB3/FLEX option in that matchup.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 10:26:00 AM

James White caught 7-of-8 targets for 71 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 15 win over the Titans.

He added a six-yard rush. White ended up with easily the most yards from scrimmage of any Patriots back, and was the second most targeted player on the team behind Rob Gronkowski. With Danny Amendola injuring his knee Sunday, White could be needed for a similar role in Week 16. He's shaping up as a legit RB3/FLEX, but isn't quite to RB2 status. Things are just too unpredictable in Bill Belichick's backfield.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 06:03:00 PM

James White had one carry for a two-yard touchdown and caught 4-of-6 passes for 38 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 win over the Texans.

White got most of his playing time after LeGarrette Blount went down. He played eight fewer snaps than Brandon Bolden, but managed a goal-line TD. White had a highlight catch on the sideline that was overturned. He'll have a big committee role if Blount doesn’t play next week.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 12:07:00 AM

James White rushed twice for four yards and caught 10 of 13 targets for 115 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 13 loss to the Eagles.

The Pats finally took off the training wheels and let White run wild on Sunday. Playing the Dion Lewis role, White exploded for nine second-half receptions including a 25-yard catch-and-run that set up New England’s fourth touchdown. White scored his third touchdown of the season early in the second quarter on a play where the Eagles were expecting Tom Brady to target Scott Chandler. There won’t be many weeks when New England has to make up a 21-point deficit but White is obviously the preferred passing-down back and a safe bet for targets whenever the Pats are in catch-up mode. The Patriots will travel to Houston for a date with the Texans in Week 14.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 08:37:00 PM

James White rushed three times for one yard and caught 2-of-5 passes for five yards in the Patriots' Week 12 loss to the Broncos.

White led the backfield in snaps (31), but was a non-factor despite the loss of Danny Amendola. He was outplayed by Brandon Bolden, who finished with a 4/84/1 line. White should continue to struggle with week-to-week consistency. He'll be a low-end RB3 against the Eagles.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 01:02:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Jimmy Garoppolo
2Jacoby Brissett
3Tom Brady
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2James White
3Brandon Bolden
4D.J. Foster
5Dion Lewis
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2James White
3RB1James White
2Brandon Bolden
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Matthew Slater
WR21Chris Hogan
2Malcolm Mitchell
3Da'Ron Brown
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Martellus Bennett
3AJ Derby
4Clay Harbor
LT1Nate Solder
2LaAdrian Waddle
LG1Joe Thuney
2Ted Karras
C1David Andrews
RG1Shaq Mason
2Jonathan Cooper
3Tre' Jackson
RT1Marcus Cannon
2Cameron Fleming
K1Stephen Gostkowski