Patriots RB James White (toe, questionable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 9. White was a late addition to the injury report and toe injuries can be tricky, so he's no sure thing to suit up in Week 9. The Patriots play on Sunday night. If he sits, Rex Burkhead would likely take over the majority of his receiving role.
NE RB James White - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 vs Miami Dolphins
James White has had a typically strong fantasy season as a receiving specialist at the running back position and enters Week 17 as the fantasy RB21. That might be a step behind his 2018 finish as the RB8, but part of the blame should rightfully be assigned to the Patriots' overall offensive struggles, and he's remained valuable as an RB2 despite the dip in touchdown production. White's fantasy returns have been all over the map over the last four games, as he's finished as the RB1, RB25, RB15, and RB47 in Weeks 13, 14, 15 and 16 respectively, which makes for a cloudy fantasy forecast.
The Patriots implemented their "pony" package frequently and successfully on offense last week, which features White and Rex Burkhead on either side of Tom Brady. While the Patriots are known for tailoring their offense to attack the weaknesses of their weekly opponents, they may continue to utilize that formation, which could result in the two running backs cannibalizing each other's fantasy value somewhat. James White has been the sixth-most targeted running back in 2019, and he should continue to earn enough targets in Week 17 for an RB2 finish.