Running back James White is expected to re-sign with the New England Patriots, per source. It's not done but should be pretty soon. The versatile RB with 25 touchdown catches since 2014 back in the fold for New England.
After three straight seasons of 4.0+ catches per game, White's numbers dipped to 3.5 per game in 2020 with Cam Newton under center. His receiving yards per game dropped from 43.0 in 2019 to 26.8 in 2020. He's no longer a viable every-week flex option. The Patriots' backfield is shaping up to be an enigma yet again in 2021.
NE RB James White - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 vs. New York Jets
James White has not received more than seven touches in a game in over a month. The Patriots deploy an ultra run-heavy scheme that lacks explosion in all phases, a setup that is not conducive to White's skillset. The only game script where White projects for success is one where the Patriots trail the vast majority of the game, and even then there is no guarantee Cam Newton can move the ball through the air. While the Jets would normally be an enticing matchup, they are actually decent at limiting opposing running backs. White's recent usage and the general offensive struggles in New England mean he cannot be deployed as a starting option in any fantasy format this week.