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Fantasy football sit/start advice, Week 12: Roddy White is bench material

Streeter Lecka

Roddy White should play on Thursday against the New Orleans Saints. We break down the fantasy implications.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White hasn't looked like himself all season, presumably because he has not been healthy all season. White has struggled all year, but he's been practicing and should be available for the Falcons when they take on the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football.

The question is whether or not he'll be effective. White injured his ankle in the preseason, and sustained a hamstring injury early on in the regular season. Despite this, he played through his injuries multiple times and was used primarily as a decoy. Before the team's bye week, he exceeded 30 yards only once, and didn't break 50 yards at all.

He missed three games -- snapping a streak of consecutive games played, a streak that he wanted to keep alive and may have been responsible for him playing through injury early in the season -- but has played in the team's last two. He had one reception for 20 yards against the Seattle Seahawks, and three receptions for 36 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a week ago.

Fantasy Impact: White managed his first touchdown reception of the season against the Buccaneers on Sunday, but he also had a fumble. He's been wildly ineffective, with under 200 yards in seven games. He went from being one of the top receivers in the league to being an afterthought. The Saints have a strong pass defense. If you haven't cut him yet, White should ride your bench in Week 12.

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