College: Wisconsin | 5 years
Height: 5'10" | Weight: 205 lbs
Birth Date: 2/3/1992
2019 Bye Week: 10
Total Pts: 277.1
Avg Pts: 17.32
Rank: 4 RB
White had a career season as the top pass-catching back in the Patriots high-powered offense. He had 87 receptions and 12 touchdowns. White was seventh overall in fantasy running back scoring. White had double-digit fantasy points all but three games. He had multiple receptions all but a game. White didn't get quite as much work rushing the ball, having double-digit carries just twice. Expect a similar change-of-pace role for White this season. White has at least 40 receptions four straight seasons. White isn't the biggest back but has good moves and enough speed to make plays on the outside. He lacks some strength, though, and doesn't run with a ton of power. He is a solid receiver, which will gets him on the field often in this offense.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: White isn't flashy but consistent for fantasy teams because of his reception totals. White was a top-10 fantasy back last year. He might have a hard time repeating that huge year but should be considered a top-20 back in PPR formats. He will get his catches. He'll get around 65 receptions and 900 total yards with seven or so scores.
94 rushes for 425 yards and five touchdowns is not a running back you want to draft for fantasy. Especially when he is in contention for playing time with young sensation Sony Michel and rookie Damien Harris. So why are we still going to draft him? And why is this a good move? Simple. Michel cant catch the ball. But boy, oh boy can James White.Despite only having 94 rushes in 2018, he added 87 receptions for 751 yards and an additional seven touchdowns. If there is one thing to be certain of it is when Tom Brady gets any pressure, he is going to dump down to James White. This has not only made him a valuable fantasy commodity. With Sony Michel taking most of the rushing work, and with Rob Gronkowski still playing, White was still the RB 11 for fantasy in 2018. There is a chance his passing game usage will only increase this season after the retirement of Gronkowski, and Tom Brady getting another year older. No, he is not likely to finish as the RB11 again, although it is possible. But going in the sixth round as RB29 is not bad value.If you are in any form of PPR league format, White should be a mid-round target to bolster your group. If you still play in standard leagues? Do not draft him with nearly the same level of confidence and not nearly as early. In standard leagues, he is more of a late-round dart throw in hopes something happens, or in the case that a bigger role opens up. However, in those PPR leagues do not let him pass by thinking the value is not there in 2019.
|No Playoff Match Up|
|Week 2||24.70||James White 97 receiving yds (9.70 pts)|
James White 15 receptions (15.00 pts)
|Week 3||11.20||James White 23 rushing yds (2.30 pts)|
James White 49 receiving yds (4.90 pts)
James White 4 receptions (4.00 pts)
|Week 4||1.90||James White 4 rushing yds (0.40 pts)|
James White 5 receiving yds (0.50 pts)
James White 1 reception (1.00 pts)
New England Patriots RBs Sony Michel and Damien Harris are competing for lead-back duties with James White locked into his role and Rex Burkhead likely viewed as a jack-of-all-trades, change-of-pace runner, according to Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald.
Fantasy Spin: It doesn't come as a surprise Michel and Harris are the main candidates for the lead role, but Duffy appears to believe Harris will get a fair chance to win the job, although he admits both backs will get carries. Michel is the more talented back of the two, but Duffy points out he didn't do much in terms of explosive runs (four carries of 20-plus yards as a rookie) or in the passing game (seven catches), so there is potential - albeit slight - for Harris to find a niche if he shows well in camp.
New England Patriots RB James White is focused on improving his game, he said Thursday, May 2. 'Even though you have some success, there's still plenty of mistakes that you make out there,' White said. 'So there's always room for improvement, always ways to get better, always more yards to get. So you get in with the coaches, see what you can improve and find ways to get better. Whether it's running better routes, having no drops or having better run reads, there's always a little bit of things you can improve on.'
Fantasy Spin: White is coming off a huge season, hitting career highs with 1,176 yards and 12 TDs and finishing seventh among fantasy backs in PPR formats. Second-year RB Sony Michel, though, figures to be healthier and the Pats did spend a third-round pick on Alabama's Damien Harris, so don't be surprised if White slips a bit and finishes as a low-end RB2.
The New England Patriots visited with free-agent wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) and running back T.J. Yeldon on Wednesday, according to a source. It's fair to wonder how much Thomas has left after he suffered a torn Achilles late last season. The former first-round pick of the Broncos has struggled in recent seasons with drops, but the Pats are desperate for some receiving help. He was also drafted by Pats offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels when he was running the show in Denver. Yeldon had 104 carries for 414 yards and one touchdown last year in Jacksonville, but he'd be buried on the depth chart behind Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead if he landed with the Pats.
New England Patriots RB James White rushed twice for four yards and caught one pass for five yards in a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
Fantasy Spin: After catching 15 passes in the division round, White wasn't part of the game plan in the Super Bowl. New England backs can be notoriously frustrating for fantasy owners, but White's role in the passing game should keep him in the flex conversation in PPR formats in 2019.