Next up on our trip around the NFL is the NFC South!
Sleeper: Roddy White ATL, ADP: 91st, 34th WR
Even though this conference was just plain terrible from a football sense last season, there is still plenty of fantasy value throughout the NFC South. One guy I think is way under the radar currently is Roddy White. Yes, health is an issue with the aging Roddy White, but over his 10-year career he has only missed 5 games despite being nicked up quite a bit.
2013 was a bit of a lost season for Roddy, as he broke his streak of 6 straight 1,000 yard seasons and missed 3 games (first games missed of his career). He only compiled 711 yards and 3 TDs in 2013. Many people let Roddy fall off their radar after that season. But, in 2014, Roddy had a bit of a bounce back season. Yes he missed 2 games, and yes he did fall short of 1,000 yards again, but Roddy had 7 games of double-digit fantasy points. On top of the double-digit performances, Roddy regained his form as a target monster for Matt Ryan. White had 10 games with 5 receptions or more in 2014.
Roddy isn’t the stud he once was in his hay-day, but he can be a very successful #3WR or a solid Flex option in a standard league. Right now Roddy is currently being drafted in the 10th round, yes the 10th ROUND, behind guys like: Martavis Bryant, Allen Robinson, Mike Wallace, and Eric Decker. I like White much better than these guys listed and those are just the guys at his position being drafted before him! White is a solid, reliable WR option for where he is being drafted. The Falcons have literally no one after Julio and Roddy to throw it to. With Matt Ryan and Kyle Shannahan as the new offensive coordinator, the Falcons are gong to throw it often. A 1,100 yard 8 TD season is very reasonable for Roddy in 2015.
Other NFC South Players I like at their current ADP: Vincent Jackson 65th, 26th WR, Devonta Freeman 110th, 41st RB
Bust: Tevin Coleman ATL, 68th, 26th RB
Another rookie finds himself on my “bust list”. There was not much that I didn’t like at their current ADP in the NFC South, but I do believe in a standard re-draft league, Coleman is going too high.
Coleman wracked up over 2,000 yards in his final season as an IU Hoosier which earned him a 3rd round draft choice by the Falcons. There has been a lot of buzz around Coleman this offseason, and some think he will be the starter at some point in this season. But as a frequent spectator of the Falcons, they have been pass first and like to rotate their RBs a lot during their games. I do not think things will change with Kyle Shannahan running the offense.
Coleman also isn’t the current running back listed as #1 on the depth chart. The Falcons spent a 4th round pick on Davonte Freeman in 2014, and there was a lot of buzz around him in the preseason last year too. The Falcons let Steven Jackson go opening up room in the backfield. Freeman averaged almost 4 yard per carry in 2014, and also showed he can be a threat in the receiving game with 30 receptions in limited time.
All in all, I do not think there is a RB on the Falcons roster that you will be able to rely on week-in and week-out in 2015. I believe this is will be a committee and to spend a mid 7th round pick on Coleman over guys like: Rashad Jennings, Julius Thomas, LeGarrette Blount and Tom Brady, is just way too high for my liking.
Other NFC South Players I dislike at their current ADP: Jonathan Stewart 42nd, 18th RB, Cam Newton 66th, 8th QB