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James White Week 4 Outlook - Patriots at Chiefs

By Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros), Thu, Oct 1st 2020, 9:43am EDT

Sure, Burkhead has seen his touches ramped up the last two weeks, but if White plays, what do those touches look like? Probably similar to what they were in Week 1. The Chiefs have allowed just one running back touchdown through three games, which have kept their overall numbers down, but the efficiency has been strong. They've allowed 4.82 yards per carry and a league-high 10.88 yards per target to running backs. That's more yards per target than any other team has allowed to wide receivers. This bodes well for the White/Burkhead role, but if both are active, it's going to be tough to say which is the better option. Michel has played the Chiefs three times in the last two years, totaling 100-plus yards and two touchdowns in two of the games, but the most recent game, Week 13 of last year, he totaled just eight yards on five carries. The matchup isn't bad. In fact, it's a very good matchup. Still, you can't say with any degree of certainty that any of these running backs are going to get 10-plus touches if White is active, and we haven't even touched on the pending return of Harris, who was close to stealing the starting job before his injury. If White plays, he should be considered a risk/reward RB3, especially in PPR leagues. If White sits, Burkhead becomes someone you should be able to trust as a reliable RB3 with a decent floor with the projected gamescript. Michel is not someone you should aim to start considering he's maxed out at 11 touches through three weeks and will lose out on goal-line work to Newton most of the time. He's an RB4. I'll update the bottom of these notes later in the week.

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