How much longer will Roddy White's fantasy football owners tolerate his subpar performances?
On Sunday, the battered and bruised wide receiver took the field for the first time in a month. After playing through ankle and hamstring ailments early in the season, White finally took time off to recuperate.
He picked the wrong week to return, getting held to one 20-yard catch against Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks. Fantasy owners who inserted him back in the starting lineup are wishing they didn't know the Falcons ever activated him.
Nobody should have expected much from the rusty 32-year-old going up against a shutdown corner, but where does his value stand going forward?
Through six games this season, White has caught 15 passes for 149 yards, otherwise known as a decent day's work from Calvin Johnson. Actually, Megatron's owners would leave disappointed if he didn't score a touchdown.
White has not crossed the pylons all season. He has not accrued more than four receptions in a game nor exceeded more than 45 receiving yards. That makes his best day (four catches for 45 yards against the New York Jets) a rather underwhelming effort.
In a shallow, standard league, nobody would blame for you dropping White. That's assuming the league hosts a smaller bench with other alluring options waiting on the waiver wire. Otherwise, a little more patience is recommended.
As far as trade value goes, White is currently worth a handful of lint scooped up between the couch's cushions. If one of your league's peers isn't paying attention, perhaps it's time to cash in on White's name value. "All you want for Roddy White is this Riley Cooper guy who's never done anything? Where do I sign?"
Chances are White's owners will receive nothing more than the cohort's worst player in an extreme low-ball offer. In that case, give White another week or two to prove himself before deciding if it's time to send him ashore.
But what about the opposite end of the spectrum? Is it worth buying low on the usually sure-handed veteran?
White was a beacon of consistency before this season, averaging 94 receptions and 1,296 yards per season over the past six years. With Julio Jones out, a healthy White would receive plenty of targets from a reeling Matt Ryan.
That healthy prerequisite is a big if at this point, so only gamble on White if he's available for pennies on the dollar. Eventually, White has to produce something to preserve his spot on fantasy rosters.