Is Roddy White Still A PPR Asset?
I think many people, especially the owners of Roddy White would say the 2013 season was the beginning of the end for the Falcons veteran. He missed a total of three games after never missing any in his previous seven years in the NFL. When he was on the field you could tell he was hampered by injury, and the lackluster play of the entire Atlanta team didn’t help matters. While many are shying away from Roddy White this season, I will once again go to bat for him. Last season I predicted White would bounce back from his poor start to the season. I was right to a certain extent, but going forward I am feeling even more confident in his ability to be a PPR asset to fantasy teams of any format.
Saying 2013 was a rough season for Roddy white would be an understatement. The stats were staggering, as he failed to even register five catches or total 50 yards in a single game through the first three months of the season. Roddy White also failed to score a touchdown until week 11. Despite missing a total of three games last year, one would think that Roddy White would have had more fantasy points due to Julio Jones being out for the season after week four. Still it wasn’t until week 10 when he exploded back into “Rowdy” Roddy White with 10 receptions and 143 yards. From that point on he looked more like the classic PPR machine that he always has been. I think much of his lack of production fell back on him just not being fully healthy. This gives me optimism going into the 2014 season. I feel the Falcons will lean on Roddy White and Julio Jones and will be throwing a lot. The Falcons don’t have a tight end to speak of as Tony Gonzalez is gone. Add to that a questionable running game as Steven Jackson hasn’t looked the same as he did with the Rams and is always nicked up. Many like Devonta Freeman as a sleeper running back, but can he handle a full workload and pass protect? They could also be playing from behind if their defense isn’t any better than it was last year. All of that sounds to me like the proven veteran Roddy White should see as many targets as he can handle in 2014.
The Bottom line is that I feel Roddy White is going to be undervalued in all fantasy football PPR formats in 2014. Gridiron Experts currently has him as the 14th ranked PPR receiver. In daily leagues, I think many will forget about him and gravitate to the big play, flashy receivers. As far as dynasty leagues go, he doesn’t hold as much value as in the past, due to recency bias, age and injuries last year. However if you own him, I think he is a safe hold as a solid foundation for PPR points. If you are a contending team, I actually think he is a great player to target before the season starts, that won’t cost you very much.
Check out Jason Willan’s fantasy take on how the team’s passing attack will fair after Falcons Left Tackle Sam Baker went down for the season. Do the Falcons have enough depth to get by?