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Monday, June 15, 2009

Fantasy Player Rankings: Falcons' Roddy White

Matt Ryan and the Rise of the Falcons

Coming into the 2008 season I thought the Falcons were at team headed in the right direction. With key acquisitions in running back Michael Turner and 1st round pick quarterback Matt Ryan.

Little did I realize what a major impact both of those players would have on this team right away. No doubt Ryan's progression was helped by having a dominant running game, but he was also greatly helped by true No.1 wide receiver Roddy White.

No.84 proved in 2007 he could have success with any average Joe quarterback at the helm that year, with 1200 yards and 6 touchdowns. But for Roddy to post 1,382 yards, 88 catches and 7 touchdowns last year was remarkable. Wide Receivers are supposed to struggle with rookie quarterbacks on conservative running teams.

In the first couple games of the year White started slow. But in week three Matt Ryan started finding his top target against the Chiefs and Roddy never looked back.

Roddy White's Fantasy Football Value in 2009

With Matt Ryan no longer a rookie he will no doubt take another step in progressing in 2009. This progression plus the added addition of Hall of Fame Tight End Tony Gonzalez will only enhance Roddy's opportunities for success this year.

White's hands have improved since his days of dropping balls for quarterback Michael Vick and his speed is top end in the National Football League.

What I love about Roddy is his ability to break away from defenders in tight spaces. Look for White to light up the score boards again in 2009, while he improves on his 7 touchdown total from a year ago.

Roddy makes for a solid No.1 receiver in fantasy leagues this season. While he's not a 1st or 2nd round pick, White does make for a solid 3rd rounder in 2009

Fantasy Assets:
- Game Breaker
- Solid offense around him
- Now has Tony Gonzalez
- Plays in a dome

Fantasy Liability's:
- Needs to Improve on his touchdown totals

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