Rachaad White Waiver Wire Week 6: A Potential League-winning Asset

Rachaad White has been more involved the past couple of weeks. Should fantasy managers prioritize adding him from the Week 6 waiver wire?

Injuries are taking their toll on NFL teams. But not every waiver wire target has to be an injury beneficiary. For someone like Rachaad White, we’re trying to be proactive and get ahead of a potential injury. How much of a priority is White for fantasy football managers to add off the waiver wire ahead of Week 6?

Rachaad White’s Role Continues to Increase

After barely playing over the first three weeks, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rightfully concluded they can’t keep putting Leonard Fournette on the field for over 80% of the snaps. Over the past two weeks, the team has committed to getting White more involved.

White played 38% of the snaps in Week 4 and saw eight opportunities. He followed that up with a 39% snap share in Week 5 and saw nine opportunities. Essentially, the Bucs are shuffling in White every third series. And for the most part, he gets the entire series.

Rachaad White Looks Good

The raw stats may not be there, but White looks good both as a runner and a receiver. This past week, he carried the ball five times for 14 yards and caught three of four targets for 28 yards.

White passes the eye test. He looks like a guy who could be a feature back if needed. While he’s no threat to take Fournette’s job, the latter has never played a full season in his career. We can’t predict when an injury will occur (nor do we root for them), but we can acknowledge the likelihood that Fournette misses a game or two at some point.

White Looks Like an Elite Handcuff

White will undoubtedly be the lead back if Fournette is ever absent, and this role is an incredibly valuable one. The Bucs’ offense looks like it’s back now that the receivers are healthy. They’re back to being a pass-first offense with a ton of checkdowns to the running backs.

This is a team that frequently finds itself in scoring position, which gives its backs more chances than the average team to fall into the end zone. If White finds himself in the lead role, even for a game, he’ll be a borderline RB1.

How Aggressively Should Fantasy Managers Pursue White off the Waiver Wire?

Should the circumstances occur where White is elevated to the RB1 role in Tampa Bay, he will be the most sought-after waiver wire add of the season.

White is currently available in 66% of Yahoo leagues. Now is the time to strike. Don’t wait for a Kenneth Walker-type situation where we see the lead back go down. With Walker, it’s an all-out war to claim him. Be the manager who grabbed Walker last week and snatch White now — before he becomes the No. 1 waiver add.

It’s also worth noting White has some standalone value. He scored 7.2 PPR fantasy points in Week 5 and would’ve scored 8.6 points in Week 4 if you take away his touchdown. Those are passable numbers for an injury or bye week replacement.

With White, you can use him in a pinch as well as know you have a potential league-winning fantasy asset if something were to happen to Fournette.

White is probably worth a 15-20% FAAB bid based purely on his upside. But I think you can get him for under 10%. Amongst all the potential waiver wire pickups, I would place him third after Walker and Jakobi Meyers.

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