Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White eased the minds of the Atlanta Falcons coaching staff and fantasy owners alike making it clear that he will be on the field during Sunday’s season opener against the New Orleans Saints.
White is officially listed as questionable, but he played through that designation several times last season. In 8 seasons in the league, he’s never missed a game.
White was sidelined for the team’s final two preseason games after spraining his right ankle during the team’s second preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Falcons head coach Mike Smith said, “Since we’ve been here he is undoubtedly the toughest player on our team,” Smith said Thursday following practice. “There have been times he’s had to fight through things to get there on the field and I don’t know if there’s anyone quite like him on our roster.”
During the 2012 season, White racked up 92 receptions for 1,351 yards and seven touchdowns.
Fantasy owners should consider White a marquee option in all formats, despite his ailing ankle. He is as consistent as any receiver in the league, and will see plenty of targets in Atlanta’s air-it-out offense.