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Simply put, Roddy White has been one of the NFL's best receivers over the past five seasons. In his seven-year career, White has never failed to miss a game, making him an early-round favorite of fantasy owners.
Since 2007, White has recorded over 1,000 receiving yards each season, while totaling 42 touchdowns in the process. White has also amassed 471 catches in that time frame, catching 100 or more balls each of the past two years.
While White has been a fantasy darling, the emergence of second-year wideout Julio Jones could hinder his total output in 2012.
In fact, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, White is set for a smaller role in the offense in 2012:
In order for the Falcons’ offense to soar under new coordinator Dirk Koetter, Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White figures that he must do less.
“I know that sounds crazy, but we’ve got other guys out there that can play,” White said. “Julio [Jones] is going to be a big part of the offense this year. Harry [Douglas] is going to do wonders in the slot. We have to maximize our talent and get the ball in everyone’s hands.”
Although the Falcons seem to be moving towards a more pass-oriented attack in 2012, White's production may actually dip a bit.
Currently, ESPN's Live Draft Results indicate that White's average draft position is 19.3 while his teammate, Julio Jones, is being selected on average at pick No. 36. Owners would be wise to target Jones early and let White fall into the hands of a fellow owner.