James White becoming "dependable" option-- Tue Dec 22 12:00 pm --
Pats OC Josh McDaniels lauds utility, reliability of passing down back
It's been an impressive three-week stretch for second-year New England Patriots "running back" James White, who the Pats coaches have praised recently.
"James has really come on and been a dependable guy for us," McDaniels said. "His work ethic since we drafted him last year [fourth round] and his maturity, his intelligence, his ability to retain information from one week to the next has always given him an opportunity to know what to do, and then now he’s had those opportunities in game situations to go out there and perform on the field.(ESPN)
FF Today's Take:Sounds like White makes for a fine low-end RB2 or high-end RB3/flex play this week. He's got more value (especially in PPR leagues) than Brandon Bolden or even the recently acquired Steven Jackson.
Patriots to sign veteran RB Steven Jackson-- Mon Dec 21 11:39 am --
The New England Patriots, who have been ravaged by injuries at running back this season, will sign free agent Steven Jackson to a one-year deal Monday, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson.(ESPN)
FF Today's Take:Joey Iosefa (14) led the Patriots in rushing attempt in Week 15 followed by Brandon Bolden (10). The Patriots are in need of a veteran rusher after losing LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis to season-ending injuries. The 32-year-old Jackson has a chance at fantasy relevance but owners will be taking a role of the dice given the unpredictability of Patriots offensive gameplan from week to week.
New England works out Steven Jackson -- Wed Dec 16 5:46 pm --
Veteran RB played for OC Josh McDaniels in St. Louis
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported New England worked out Steven Jackson on Wednesday, according to a source informed of the team's thinking.(NFL.com)
FF Today's Take:New England is simply looking at every available option to fortify what is left of their backfield in preparation for a playoff run. Steven Jackson may be able to provide another able bodied player for the team to rely on down the stretch but his role would be limited over the final weeks of the fantasy season. James White and Brandon Bolden are still the best fantasy options in the wake of LeGarrette Blount's injury.
Blount to miss rest of the season with hip injury-- Tue Dec 15 5:35 pm --
Brandon Bolden expected to see increased role
New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount will miss the remainder of the season because of a hip injury, a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Blount suffered the injury in Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.(ESPN)
FF Today's Take:Brandon Bolden is next in line to take over the power-back option in the Patriots offense with James White being used in a pass-catching role. Bolden, Denard Robinson and Bryce Brown are top waiver wire adds at running back for those owners still in the playoffs.