James White Fantasy Outlook Suggests Solid, Unexciting Value

Max Staley
James White fantasy football outlook points to solid value.
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James White is a pretty boring pick in fantasy football. That's not a comment on the way he plays (he's actually fun to watch), it's just the role that he's in. White is a safe pick, but he doesn't offer much upside.

Sometimes the least flashy selections are the best ones, though, and White is almost certainly going to outproduce his current average draft position (ADP) in PPR leagues.

James White Fantasy Football Outlook

White's coming off the board as the RB30, per FantasyPros. He has finished inside the top 20 in back-to-back years now, including an RB7 season in 2018. The Wisconsin product famously thrives in the passing game, where he hauled in 72-plus catches on at least 95 targets in each of the last two seasons.

With Cam Newton replacing Tom Brady, White probably won't see that level of volume, though his new QB throws to running backs more often than you think. The last time we really saw Newton play was 2018, when Christian McCaffrey led the team with 124 targets.

Newton' s 7.2 average depth of target (aDOT) that year also represented a significant drop-off from his 2015 MVP campaign (league-leading 10.9 aDOT). That suggests Newton was throwing shorter, quicker passes, which means White's impending dip in targets shouldn't be that severe.

White is a really solid player to target in PPR formats. He's going to be a decent FLEX option or a great bye-week replacement 2020. White is also a great safe target if you drafted some risky players early.

We have the two-time Super Bowl champ as the RB29 in PPR leagues.

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