Quick Hit: Is Johnny White A Sleeper Worth Stashing?

According to Joe Buscaglia (via Twitter):  

“According to Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News, Fred Jackson has been put on Injured Reserve. Season over. Fracture to fibula bone.”

Jackson’s season ends with 934 yards and 6 TD on the ground, as well as 39 receptions for 442 yards.  C.J. Spiller is expected to get the first opportunity to carry the load, with the newly signed Tashard Choice and Johnny Walker working behind him.

The Professor’s Thoughts:
Spiller has shown much more upside catching the ball, as opposed to carrying it and there’s always the potential that he falters as an every down back.  In 24 career games he’s had just 95 carries, never breaking a run for more than 26 yards and only once has had more than 35 yards in a game.  He’s just never proven that he can handle regular carries.

As for Choice, does anyone actually have faith in him to produce?  He struggled in Dallas, rushing the ball 28 times for 75 yards (2.7 yards per carry).  In his one game as a member of the Redskins all he could muster was 7 yards on 6 carries (1.2 yards per carry).  What makes Buffalo think that he is suddenly going to find a way to start making plays?

That leaves White as the next in line to get carries.  Selected in the fifth round out of North Carolina, White is a 5’10”, 204 lbs. back.  He showed some explosion in his senior year, having 1,008 total yards and averaging 5.5 yards per carry.

Obviously, that’s far from a guarantee that he is going to produce, but it is not like Spiller or Choice offer any more upside.

It is hard to imagine White being much more than a desperation play, at least for the time being.  Players like Marion Barber, Joe McKnight and Toby Gerhart were much better picks off the waiver wire for this Sunday.  However, White’s name is one to keep filed away.  The Bills’ ship is quickly sinking and they have no reason not to experiment and find out what White could potentially be.  If you are in a deep format and potentially need help down the stretch, White is someone to stash away immediately.

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10 comments

  1. Ryan says:

    So I decided to go sproles and A. Brown for rb and flex but if Matthews starts do I plug him in at flex? Also what do you think of keliand Williams as a pick up to stash with best on IR and K.Smith uncertainty health wise..

  2. Randy says:

    As of this moment, I have Foster, Murray, Felix, Jonathan Stewart, Kevin Smith, and Javhid Best. With Best on IR, I’ll be dropping him and hoping to stash another RB. Would White be a good choice, vs. someone such as Barber or Bernard Scott? Seems like the other scenarios would require an injury, whereas White could earn the job outright…

  3. Las says:

    Slim pickings for me. I’ve got ogbonnaya starting with Donald brown as flex. Would you go with McKnight over either of these?

  4. Ryan says:

    Jk forgot hardesty back and LT looks doubtful I’d go McKnight over ogb

  5. Ryan – No, I would stick with what your plans are, if Mathews is playing or not. There’s just a lot of risk involved in him right now. As for Williams, he definitely has the potential at this point to emerge as a usable back, so he’s well worth stashing if you have the roster spot.

    Randy – Agreed 100%. White doesn’t need someone to get hurt to get a chance, he just needs them to struggle (and with the backs in front of him, that’s not a very big stretch).

    Las – With Hardesy (and potentially Hillis) back, Ogbonnaya’s value is going to go down extremely quickly. Assuming LT is out again, I think McKnight would definitely be the better play for this week and is the option I’d probably roll the dice with.

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