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James White Fantasy Outlook Falls Following Week 12 Dud Against Cowboys

Jason Schandl
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It's hard to put too much blame on any one player for a down game while the New England Patriots were held to 13 points in a bad-weather game against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 12, but James White's numbers still create some concern for his fantasy outlook moving forward.

Usually a consistent producer in PPR scoring, White had only failed to hit double-digit fantasy points in one of his nine games this year, and even then he only fell just short with 9.6. Through the first 11 weeks, he was averaging 12.9 per game.

Then came Week 12, which saw him score only 0.9 points, thanks to his one reception which kept his score positive despite his negative yardage total.

The drop in production isn't the only concern surrounding his fantasy outlook, either. His volume was down, with just two carries and three targets. That ties his season-low three targets from Week 9, and his two lowest fantasy scores of the season have come in his last two games.

This decline has coincided with an increased role for Rex Burkhead, whose five targets in Week 12 were his highest mark since Week 3, when White sat out with an injury.

White's fantasy outlook is still bolstered by the fact that he's the primary receiving back in the Patriots' offense, but averaging just 4.5 carries and 4.5 targets per game in the last four has removed the must-start status he had earned in PPR leagues earlier this year.

He does draw some favorable matchups in the next few weeks, but unless we see his volume bounce back then he should be considered an RB3 or FLEX option in PPR leagues, while he's best left on the bench in standard scoring leagues.

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