Roddy White turns 34 in early November and has seen his fantasy production dip over the last two seasons. That said, with defenses forced to pay attention to Julio Jones, White remains a viable option in Atlanta’s passing game. In fact, White still managed to record 132 fantasy points a year ago despite battling nagging injuries throughout the year. That output allowed him to rank as fantasy’s No. 27 wide receiver, making him a decent WR3 option. If he can stay healthy, he remains a safe option for owners.
White is 33, can no longer threaten defenses vertically, and is now two years removed from being a top 10 fantasy receiver. He also had his knee drained prior to the Falcons’ minicamp in June and expects to have the knee drained again at some point during the regular season. He's also missing time with an elbow injury that threatens his availability for Week 1. This is a player that battled nagging knee and ankle injuries last year and was banged up through 2013 as well. The hiring of Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator doesn’t benefit White either, as Jones will receive a ton of targets playing the “X” in Atlanta’s new system. Plus, newcomers Leonard Hankerson and Justin Hardy could earn more looks in the passing game based on the glowing reports coming out of camp.
White is currently ranked as our No. 31 wide receiver and has an ADP10 of 9.01 (ADP12 of 7.09). View him as a WR3 and you should be satisfied with his production at the end of the season, assuming he can stay healthy. If he winds up being your WR2 because you overdrafted him, then chances are you’re going to be frustrated by his output. While White is aging, he still plays with a top 10 quarterback in a productive passing attack. He should post WR3 numbers.