Draft Zone: 8th Ranked Wide Receiver – Falcons Roddy White

Roddy White of the Atlanta Falcons is the 8th ranked wide receiver in this year’s 2013 fantasy draft standings. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 30, he’s likely to be a mid third round selection.

First let’s get rid of the injury concerns up front – An MRI has confirmed that White is dealing with nothing more than a “mildly” sprained ankle.

White is one of many offensive weapons Atlanta’s quarterback Matt Ryan has at his disposal, making him one of the more intriguing fantasy options at the position. The 31 year old is undoubtedly a magnificent player, but the most difficult obstacle to the success of Roddy White’s fantasy value is the presence of teammate and fellow receiver Julio Jones.

White has put up at least 1,150 yards, 85 receptions and 6 touchdowns in each of the last 6 seasons. What’s been different since 2011, is that he’s had to share the spotlight with Jones. White’s numbers have not decreased yet, but he has definitely taken a back seat to Jones who is the 5th ranked fantasy wide receiver, three spots in front of White.

During the offseason, the Falcons added superstar running back Steven Jackson to the mix in what will result in an all around offensive powerhouse for the Falcons. Jackson should give the running game a big boost in Atlanta which might limit Ryan’s passing attempts. This in turn could reduce the passing totals for both Jones and White, but not enough to hurt either player’s fantasy value.

Roddy White has been nothing but consistent and should remain a solid option for fantasy owners to take in the middle of the third round in both standard and PPR 12 team fantasy formats.




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