James White, RB, New England Patriots
He and the Patriots’ offense didn’t get much done otherwise. But White saved what would have been a nothing fantasy day (17 total yards) with two rushing touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12. Spurred by catches in Week 11 (six for 64) and rushing scores in Week 12, he has topped 14 full PPR fantasy points in back-to-back games.
White’s role is not going way, as Sony Michel got zero carries despite being active last week. From Week 13-Week 16 the Patriots face three bottom-half of the league fantasy defenses again running backs (Los Angeles Chargers-Week 13, Miami Dolphins-Week 15, Buffalo Bills-Week 16). If Week 17 matters in your league, New England gets the New York Jets.
White has become a flex option in 12 and 14-team leagues, with a general tilt toward better value in PPR formats. As fantasy owners survey usable running backs for down the stretch this, White should see a second boost in ownership.
ESPN Ownership: 48.4%
Yahoo! Ownership: 62%