James White Fantasy Outlook Improves With Favorable Week 11 Matchup Against Eagles

Jason Schandl
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The last time we saw him, James White was nursing a toe injury heading into a Week 9 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. He played through the injury in that game, and he's now had an extra week of rest as the New England Patriots were on bye in Week 10.

That means we can expect him to play his usual big role in the Patriots' passing game on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

As has been the case for his entire career, White's involvement in the Pats' rushing attack has been minimal this season, notching just 32 carries across eight games, but he's played a big role as a receiver.

His 55 targets are the second most on the team (behind Julian Edelman), and he's seen at least five targets in six of his eight games. He recorded a season-low three in Week 9, but that just looks like a small blip on the radar after he averaged 8.2 per game across the previous five.

The Eagles' pass defense is nothing special, ranking 15th in Football Outsiders' DVOA metric, and they're allowing top-10 numbers in both targets and receptions per game to opposing running backs, positioning White particularly well here.

As usual, White is a much better play in PPR leagues than in standard scoring leagues, though he does offer value in both formats.

This matchup makes him a solid RB2 option, sitting 21st at the position in our Week 11 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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