James White has been largely slept on in Fantasy Football (157 ADP, 149 ECR) thus far. Perhaps drafters will wake up after White tallied 91 total yards and 1 TD on 10 touches (6 receptions) against the Eagles. More importantly, White played on 26 of Tom Brady’s 39 snaps (67%), suggesting he’ll remain a key cog in this offensive juggernaut.
Yes, Rex Burkhead did not suit up (and is reportedly dealing with a “slight knee tear). Still, White’s heavy snap total, usage, and production should serve as a glaring reminder of how crucial he can be to this explosive attack. Amidst a completely depleted receiving corps, White is a rare reliable and familiar target for Brady. Expect him to vacuum targets, at least throughout Julian Edelman‘s suspension; White’s one of the only Patriots pass-catchers with established history dominating in the short-to-intermediate range, and might even inherit some slot snaps. This was abundantly clear from the first drive, where White was the offensive engine, as White logged the game’s first five touches, and totaled 6 of the 8 looks for 44 total yards on the drive. Over the past two seasons, White has ranked 10th (56) and 3rd (60) in RB receptions, and is now staring at the most vacant aerial pie of his Patriots career. He was the RB19 in fantasy points per opportunity in ’17, and should see more volume than ever before in a wide open backfield and pass-catching corps.
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