Fantasy Football Profile: Roddy White
Roddy White is fresh off a fat, new contract. I just hope his desire to prove he’s worth that big contract is equal to the drive he showed while auditioning for that contract. White followed up his breakout third season of 83 receptions for 1202 yards and 6 TDs with an impressive 88 reception, 1382 yard, 7 TD performance. This while playing with a Rookie QB in Matt Ryan, and a heavy rushing attack led by Michael Turner.
It would be natural to expect another increase in production had the Falcons not acquired Hall of Fame Tight End Tony Gonzalez. While Gonzo’s presence will help take some pressure off of Roddy, Gonzo’s going to get his share of receptions, which will cut into Roddy’s numbers. Having Gonzo in the mix is great the Falcons, it diminishes everyone outside of Matt Ryan’s fantasy value. Michael Turner’s TD total is bound to drop as Gonzo is great in the red zone. Roddy and Michael Jenkins’ touches are going to decrease. Even Gonzo will be targeted less with more weapons to share with.
So where does that leave Roddy in fantasy terms? I would still take him as a #1 WR, but not until the third round when I have two RBs (or one RB and Brees, Peyton, or Brady). I’m expecting 75 receptions for 1200 yards and 7 TDs.