Player: Rachaad White
Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pick: 91st Overall (Round 3 // Pick 27)
On the latest episode of the Razzball Fantasy Football Podcast Bobby LaMarco is joined by Razzball’s own Ryan Kirksey. Ryan jumps on the show to talk about the Buccaneers’ new RB Rashaad White and his fit in Tampa Bay. To hear our full analysis, check out the YouTube video included with this article. And see where White ranks on our new consensus rookie rankings for 2022 fantasy football dynasty leagues and 2022 fantasy football ADP pages!
In the 3rd round of the 2022 NFL draft, Rashaad White was drafted as the potential future 3-down back of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During White’s senior season he amassed a combined 1,456 yards and 16 TDs on 225 touches. Roughly a third of this production came from the receiving game. This has led many people including Ryan Kirksey to compare him to notable 3-down back David Johnson. This comp couldn’t have been more perfect as White has landed in Tampa Bay under the same coaching staff that allowed Johnson to become the RB1 in fantasy in 2016.
Now officially in Tampa, the question is, can he become the lead back and if so, when will that happen? Leonard Fournette is under contract for at least 2 more seasons before a potential out in 2024. A reason for optimism is that Fournette hasn’t been the model of health during his career. Fournette has yet to play a full season and has missed 6 games as a Buccaneer. Ironically, it took an injury to Chris Johnson to officially open the door for David Johnson back in 2015. A bigger issue for White in his rookie season could be the presence of Tom Brady. During his 20+ year career, rookie RBs with Brady haven’t seen much success in their first season. During this stretch, only 2 RBs carved out major roles as rookies and both were mostly 2-down players with limited pass game roles.
Currently, White’s redraft ADP sits at RB45 and 133rd overall. This puts him slightly ahead of other rookies with clearer paths to early playing time. That list includes players like Tyler Allgeier, Jahan Dotson, and David Bell. This is why White is most likely a fade unless Fournette suffers some injuries throughout the preseason. In dynasty rookie rankings, White sits as the 17th overall pick. This draft cost seems reasonable as he does offer an intriguing skill set as a 3-down back for a coaching staff that has a history of using workhorses. To hear our full analysis, check out the YouTube video above or listen to the podcast audio below.
Sources: Razzball, Player Profiler, RotoHeat, Fantasy Pros, Pro Football Reference, Pro Football Focus, Spotrac.com, Overthecap.com, Ourlads, Bestball 10s, Underdog Fantasy, and NFC