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WR Roddy White - Atlanta Falcons

6-1, 201Born: 11-2-1981College: UABDrafted: Round 1, pick 27

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Week 12: vs Minnesota Vikings

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Matt Ryan threw 25/46 for 280 yards passing, with three TDs against the Colts last week - but he also pitched three interceptions, and the Falcons lost 21-24. Julio Jones handled 15 targets for 9/160/0 receiving, while fullback Patrick DiMarco snagged two TDs (four for 3/21/2) and Leonard Hankerson handled the other (seven for 4/36/1) - Roddy White got his wish and saw more targets (nine) but only managed to catch 4/24/0. This is an offense with explosive capability that is being held back by turnovers. The Vikings' pass D is ranked sixth in the NFL averaging 224.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 13 passing scores given out vs. six interceptions (tied for 22nd in the league) and 23 sacks generated to date (tied for 15th in the NFL). Over the past four weeks (four games), this team is tied for ninth-least in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (17.9 on average); at fifth-least in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (5.0); and is 12th in the league in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (22.8). Aaron Rodgers managed 16/34 for 196 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown at Minnesota last weekend; the Vikings allowed 29/43 for 287 net yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions to Derek Carr and company two games ago. This looks like a neutral matchup for the high-flying but mistake-prone Falcons.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs TB 65 0 0 0 3 2 24 0 0 2.4
9 at SF 55 0 0 0 2 1 20 0 0 2
11 vs IND 57 0 0 0 9 4 24 0 0 2.4
12 vs MIN 50 0 0 0 8 6 60 0 0 6
12 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * *
12 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
12 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs IND (9 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)

Off Paul Worrilow interception on the second offensive play of the game, Atlanta earned the ball at the Indy 35 an began with a short hook in tight coverage to Roddy White, who failed to get separation and had the pass knocked away. White caught the short flat route to the opposite side for five yards on the next play. Then he failed to get separation on the next route, a short out on 3rd and 5, leading to a long field goal attempt. Ryan climbed the pocket on 3rd and 11 and found White on a cross late in the route at the back shoulder and White split two defenders to fall across the first down marker to keep the third series alive. Ryan later led White too high and far on a play-action slant on 2nd and goal against Vontae Davis but White was well-covered and Ryan was cautious with the placement. Later White made a diving catch on short route breaking out at the right sideline for four yards. Once upon a time, White and Ryan could connect on intermediate timing routes with minimal separation, but today was more evidence that White could not earn meaningful separation on short routes.

2015 Week 9 vs SF (2 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)

White gained 20 on an inside seam route in middle of the fourth quarter after dropping an out at the left sideline against tight coverage on 3rd down. Ryan placed the ball high and just above the cornerback who had great position on the ball. Tough target, but should have been caught. White isn't seeing enough targets to make these kinds of high-difficulty plays with consistency.

2015 Week 8 vs TB (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

The veteran's first catch didn't come until the fourth quarter--a 19-yard gain on a slant that he broke up the middle against soft coverage outside. He also earned five yards in overtime on a short catch against tight coverage in the right flat. He's not earning separation unless it's a set play with misdirection to a side that would free most any receiver based on strategic execution and not athletic ability.

2015 Week 7 vs TEN (4 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)

White's most notable play today was a block in the back that nullified a 41-yard run by Devonta Freeman. He followed up with a 15-yard gain on a tipped pass to make up for most of the penalty yardage on the next play. He also gained 17 yards on a play action shotgun pass during the third series. He also took a check-down for 14 yards up the left sideline during the third quarter. None of these routes are game-changing targets. He's a middle of the field, zone option that will move the chains. Any future big plays will come from strategy and precision rather than athleticism, which should dissuade fantasy owners from counting on him.

2015 Week 6 vs NO (4 / 3 / 23 / 1 rec)

The veteran earned a touchdown on a crossing route to the left corner on a slower developing play action pass. White continues to earn targets on shorter routes with 15-yard digs as the higher range of that spectrum. He always has a puncher's chance to earn a red zone target due to the strength of the ground game and Matt Ryan's prowess with pre-snap adjustments at the line where White will be more effective in compressed space than he will with routes where quickness and long speed is a greater factor.

2015 Week 5 vs WAS (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

White's first target came with 12:03 in the third quarter despite seeing the field throughout the first half. The first target was an out route and the cornerback Breeland earned a good break to defend from trail position, which he did on multiple receivers in this game. White drew a pass interference on a bad throw by Ryan in the early fourth to earn Atlanta a first down, which led to the Falcons running the ball. White's first catch was a backside slant to reach the Washington 15 with 10:44 left where he was wide open. The most meaningful catch was a fourth-down slant for eight yards after a touchdown reception to Devonta Freeman was reversed the play before. This set up a Freeman touchdown run late in the game. However, the worst play for Atlanta also involved White: Matt Ryan bird-dogged the receiver on a deep drag route with Breeland once again trailing and undercutting the ball. White is slower than he once was, but this was a poor throw from Ryan and with 6:00 left, Washington was able to send this play into overtime. White is a middle-of-the-field, check-down or red zone matchup threat against certain safeties or linebackers, but he's no longer a massive factor in the passing game on a weekly basis.

2015 Week 4 vs HOU (4 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

White's targets included a short out of four yards on 3rd and 5 during the second series and a seam route of 14 to get Atlanta to mid-field, but the officials nullified due to White pushing off the slot defender. Other than another four-yard gain on 2nd and 9 during the mid-second quarter, White was a non-factor.

2015 Week 3 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ryan underthrew a third and goal drag route to White in the end zone, but Dallas corner Mo Claiborne was called for holding Julio Jones on the play and gave Atlanta a second life. Ryan later hit White on crossing route on a designed play action roll for first down, but an illegal man downfield nullified the play. This was the extent of White's work. Beyond Jones and Freeman, there was little variety to the personnel used more than once in the passing offense.

2015 Week 1 vs PHI (8 / 4 / 84 / 0 rec)

White looks healthy, but a step slower than what he was at the peak of his career. No longer are the Falcons targeting him routinely on timing routes requiring hard cuts against the top corner on the defense. White's gains came on crossing routes and pivots off play action, including a 25-yard gain where the receiver looked slow as a runner--allowing the safety to get into the play and catch the receiver on the sideline. White then gained 17 on a play-action throwback. He was open on a pivot route in the end zone until Kiko Alonso made a fantastic drop into the middle zone and snared the touchdown-saving interception with one hand. As long as White can stay this healthy, he'll offer the Falcons strong production as the product of play-action passes underneath White's zone-stretching routes down field.


Latest News

Falcons | Roddy White had plays designed for him (Tue Nov 24, 12:01 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White had the first two plays of the game Sunday, Nov. 22, designed for him, according to QB Matt Ryan.

Our View: White has been upset with his role in the offense this year, but he's not producing when given a chance. He was targeted nine times against the Colts, but White only snared four passes for 24 yards. Fantasy owners should have moved on a long time ago.
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Falcons | Roddy White will have chances (Tue Nov 17, 11:45 AM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White remains an 'important part of the team and will continue to get opportunities in the second half of 2015,' according to head coach Dan Quinn.

Our View: Fantasy owners should have moved on from White as he's struggled to make any sort of impact this season. This sounds more like lip service from Quinn than it does any sort of plan to force-feed White the rock.
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