Roddy White has proven himself among the elite receivers in fantasy football. White has benefited from a lack of true competition by other Atlanta receivers. Many fantasy experts are grouping the talented receiver with the Calvin Johnsons and the Brandon Marshall 2010 Fantasy Projection" target="_blank">Brandon Marshalls. With a healthy Matt Ryan, does 2010 look promising for the Pro Bowl receiver?
- Matt Ryan and Michael Turner will come back injury-free in 2010
- Tony Gonzalez will continue to play strong, alleviating double teams against White
White should be just as productive in 2010 as he was in 2009. The acquisition of Gonzalez last year helped shift some of the defensive focus off White, giving him an opportunity for some spectacular games. White has also really developed a strong connection with third year starter Matt Ryan. A third year together should produce some very good fantasy weeks. Many fantasy owners may be concerned that Michael Turner’s return will mean less looks for White. Investigating the game logs, however, shows that White’s productivity remains the same whether or not Turner is in the game. If anything, Turner should provide the offensive balance and explosiveness Atlanta needs to make consistent redzone trips, providing touchdown opportunities for White.
The Verdict: The interactive graph above puts White amongst the top five receivers in fantasy football. Andre Johnson is the consensus number one, Randy Moss 2010 Fantasy Projection" target="_blank">Randy Moss, Brandon Marshall, and Reggie Wayne are in the next tier with White. Larry Fitzgerald 2010 Fantasy Projection" target="_blank">Larry Fitzgerald, Miles Austin, and Calvin Johnson are top tier receivers too, but White should yield a higher 2010 output under standard fantasy scoring. Roddy White should be the fourth of fifth receiver selected in most fantasy drafts. End of the second round, start of the third should be an appropriate draft position for this all-star.
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