2013 Fantasy Football Week Two Injury Update: Should You Bench Roddy White?

Roddy White

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Roddy White is usually a must start, matchup proof wide receiver. Playing in the high powered offense of the Atlanta Falcons, White is one of the most consistent wide receivers over the last few years. The emergence of Julio Jones, additions of Tony Gonzalez and Stephen Jackson only helps White, as oppositions have to account for multiple threats instead of just the one.

White tweaked an ankle during the preseason and had question marks all the way up to the season opener. Being as White has never missed a game in his eight year career, and reports indicating he was fine, fantasy owners had little doubt that they were starting him in week one. White finished the game with two catches for 19 yards and really was more of a decoy than anything else.

After the game White, via Twitter, said that if he doesn’t practice, then fantasy owners shouldn’t start him. White missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but returned to practice Friday in a limited capacity, and now owners need to face reality. They might need to sit Roddy White today.

Due to the potent offense he plays with, sitting White is a tough call. The Falcons face a good St. Louis Rams defense that is capable of getting stops against the Falcons offense. The Falcons can score from anywhere and everybody knows that White is dealing with the dreaded high ankle sprain, which can linger for months. Still maybe the fact that he isn’t 100 percent leaves him less covered than normal, which could lead to a surprise end zone catch.

I own White on one of my teams, The Thurman Murmans, and I’m not planning on starting him this week. White is riding the pine and Antonio Brown gets his spot, moving from my flex to WR2, and leaving Jared Cook in the flex spot vacated by Brown. I’ve wrote yesterday that I’m not overly confident with anyone from the Pittsburgh Steelers offense.

If White played on a less potent offense, I would have him further down my board. At best, starting White today means that you are relying on him hitting the end zone to make his fantasy money. I have him near the bottom of the WR3 chart this week at best.

As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.

Dustin Manko is an author at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DustinManko, ”Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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