Roddy White's Fantasy Trade Value, Outlook Heading into Week 2
Roddy White was a fantasy football dud in Week 1, and he isn't likely to do much better in Week 2 when the Atlanta Falcons host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. He caught just two passes for 19 yards in a losing cause against the New Orleans Saints.
White is dealing with a high ankle sprain, as noted by D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who also tweeted on Wednesday that the star receiver was absent from practice.
Baker, Asante Samuel, Jonathan Babineaux and Julio Jones were with the trainers. #Falcons official injury report forthcoming. Roddy absent.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) September 11, 2013
Ledbetter also reported White admitting after the game that he was nothing more than a decoy (subscription required), and the receiver tweeted after the game in response to fantasy owners who were frustrated by his poor showing, saying, "if I don't participate in practice...don't start me it's a red flag."
As far as fantasy if I don't participate in practice than don't start me it's a red flag— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) September 9, 2013
Some owners will certainly take this information as a clear sign that they need to trade White in favor of someone who will produce right away.
Even if he does suit up against the Rams, White won't likely be a big factor in the game. He struggled to get open in Week 1, and the fact that he wasn't even at practice on Wednesday isn't a good sign for his chances of playing this week.
His fantasy outlook for Week 2 is not good—if he plays at all.
However, long-sighted owners won't trade away such a reliable receiver.
When healthy, White is one of the most productive players in the NFL. He's caught no less than 83 passes in each of the past six seasons, gaining no less than 1,153 yards and scoring no less than six touchdowns.
Even with Julio Jones coming on strong last season, White hauled in 92 catches for 1,351 yards and seven touchdowns.
This sore ankle of his won't last all season long, and smart owners will keep him on their bench until he's ready to rumble.
However, if you don't own White and you're being approached by another owner who wants to trade him away, you'd be smart to consider making a deal.
Don't however, offer one of your starters unless he's a player you don't really like. The best scenario here would be to trade a bench receiver in exchange for White—a player who won't produce right away but who will become a starter as soon as he's healthy.
Is it better to have a star player resting on your bench for later or to have someone who can produce immediately?
There are some hot receivers after Week 1 that you could dangle as trade bait in this scenario: Leonard Hankerson, Eddie Royal, Mike Williams and Jermaine Kearse all put up good numbers last week, but they won't likely be consistent producers throughout the season.
If you're thinking about trading White, you'd be smart to reconsider making such a move unless you can land a starting-caliber receiver to take his place. Guys like DeSean Jackson, Randall Cobb and Andre Johnson fit this bill.
But if you have a capable backup who can get you through the next few weeks, then you'd be foolish to let White go at all.
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