Roddy White's Instant Fantasy Reaction Heading into 2013 Fantasy Playoffs

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIDecember 1, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 08:  Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons pulls in a reception against the Cincinnati Bengals at Georgia Dome on August 8, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Roddy White has had a very tough season, and while he has had a solid game against the Buffalo Bills, he's still a very risky fantasy start heading into fantasy playoffs.

The Atlanta Falcons finally ended their losing streak, winning 34-31 in overtime.  White was big for the Falcons, catching 10 passes for 143 yards, which is good enough for 14 fantasy points in ESPN's standard scoring leagues.

Before this game, it had been a very ugly season for White. He had played in just eight contests (many of which at less than 100 percent), catching only 20 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown. At 32 years old, it appears that White is starting to slow down, and even though he played the entire game against the New Orleans Saints in Week 12, he was targeted just two times, showing you how little he's involved in the offense.

Overall, it's hard to like White as a go-to fantasy option entering the playoffs. However, this game against the Bills might be a sign that he's turning things around late in the season, and the absence of Julio Jones in theory should help him get more targets, although that hasn't been the case most of the year.  

I wouldn't start him during this crucial point in the season, but if you have a receiver at the end of the season that's resting for the playoffs, White is a risky yet playable option coming off the bench.